A Fraction of the Whole

By: Steve Toltz Fiction 2008 Subject Matter: Fathers and sons; Family Rating: 5/5 Yes. Still 5/5. A Fraction of the Whole is one of the books that inspired this blog. I read it when it originally came out and fell… Continue Reading

The Little Locksmith: A Memoir

By: Katharine Butler Hathaway Nonfiction 1942 Subject Matter: American authors; 20th century; Biography; Pott’s disease; Patients; Women; Maine; Castine Rating: 5/5 The Little Locksmith is ostensibly a memoir about a young woman who purchases a house. In reality, it is… Continue Reading

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds

By: Cynthia Rylant Nonfiction 1991 Subject Matter: Appalachian Region; Southern; Descriptions and travel; Social life and customs Rating: 3.5/5 Appalachia by Cynthia Rylant, in my opinion, is just as much “by” Barry Moser, the illustrator.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By: Lewis Carroll Followed by Through the Looking-Glass Fiction 1865 Subject Matter: Fantasy; Sir John Tenniel Rating: 4/5 Fantasy, indeed! Who hasn’t heard of Alice in Wonderland? Yeah. Nobody.

The Patron Saint of Liars

By: Ann Patchett Fiction 1992 Subject Matter: Unmarried mothers; Mothers and daughters; Nuns; Kentucky Rating: 4/5 “A fairy tale. A delight.” Not quite the words I would use, New York Times…

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights The Story of the Champions of the Round Table By: Howard Pyle Fiction 1903/1905 Rating: 3/5 Blood. Love. Chivalry. Battle. Treachery. Madness. Howard Pyle‘s epic compilation of The Story of King Arthur… Continue Reading