Gone Girl

By: Gillian Flynn 2012 Fiction Subject Matter: Husbands; Married people; Wives; Crimes Rating: 4/5 Okay, seriously, who hasn’t heard of Gone Girl at this point? The book, the movie with Ben Affleck, those posts on Pinterest recommending “10 books to… Continue Reading

Unaccustomed Earth

By: Jhumpa Lahiri 2008 Fiction Subject Matter: Bengali Americans; Bengali; South Asian people; United States Rating: 4/5 Unaccustomed Earth reminded me how much I LOVE SHORT STORIES! Since college, I’ve stuck mostly to novels or nonfiction. But Jhumpa Lahiri‘s collection… Continue Reading

One Foot in Eden

By: Ron Rash 2002 Fiction Subject Matter: Dams; Design and construction; Appalachian region; Southern; Real estate development; Relocation; Housing; Loss; Psychology; Mountain life Rating: 4/5 I don’t typically love mystery. But One Foot in Eden isn’t your typical detective fiction.

The Crimson Petal and the White

By: Michel Faber 2002 Fiction Subject Matter: Great Britain; History; Victoria, 1837-1901; Perfumes industry; London; England; Young women; Prostitutes Rating: 4/5   The first thing I did after finishing this book was sit back and take a long, deep breath.… Continue Reading

Growing Up

By: Russell Baker Followed by┬áThe Good Times 1982 Nonfiction Rating: 4.5/5   I greatly enjoyed Growing Up, the memoirs of Russell Baker, who grew up in the Depression-WWII era. Of course, I love me some biography. But autobiographies can be… Continue Reading

Andersen’s Fairy Tales

By: Hans Christian Andersen 1800s (this version was published 1956) Fiction Rating: 4/5   This book appeared mysteriously in my possession around the same time as The Keeper of the Bees. I’m not sure where it came from or why,… Continue Reading

The Keeper of the Bees

By: Gene Stratton-Porter 1925 Fiction Rating: 4/5   Yep, that’s what my edition of The Keeper of the Bees looks like. Did you catch how old this one is? Published in 1925. That’s 90 years ago.

Dylan Thomas: A Biography

By: Paul Ferris 1977 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Dylan Thomas; Biography; Welsh authors; 20th century Rating: 4/5 I am a sucker for a good biography. And a good biography about a wildly interesting poet? Count me in.