Book Review: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In post-Civil War Texas, the world is still a rough and lawless place. Information spreads slowly and divides run deep and dangerous. Captain Kidd - a veteran of two wars and a witness of more - travels from town to town and reads the news. In our world of instant information it's difficult to imagine… Continue reading Book Review: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

“The Lord was with Joseph”

We've lurched our way into 2017 in our household with bad colds for Pearl and I. Peter and I made it to 10:30 on New Year's Eve and I spent most of January 1st in bed. Pearl picked up the illness from me and has had a rough couple of nights recently. Despite that, I'm… Continue reading “The Lord was with Joseph”

Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Having read Room a few years ago, this is my second read from Emma Donoghue. Although vastly different stories they share a powerful sense of tension and showcase how compelling a writer Donoghue is. Lib Wright arives in a tiny, rural Irish town, hired from England as a private nurse for exactly two weeks. Trained… Continue reading Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light by Cordelia Strube

I picked this book up several times, read the blurb on the back, and put it back before I finally decided to read it. What turned me off was the description of the main character, Harriet, as "11 going on 30"; in general, I don't enjoy stories about overly precocious, wise-beyond-their-years children. What eventually turned… Continue reading Book Review: On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light by Cordelia Strube