I decided to review my own book this month after I discovered it is apparently available now as an ebook. This came as quite a surprise since I own the copyright! I’m happy with my 5 out of 5 rating, but I wonder who decided I was worthy of such...
When we pack our bags for a vacation, we don’t want to take along a heavy book -not in weight or subject matter. “The Accidental Goodbye” by popular local author Marilyn Brown fits nicely into this category and your suitcase. She has again chosen to set her historical novel in...
I wonder if “The Book of the Dead” by Robert Richardson is available as an audio book. I am pretty good at imagining British accents thanks to a serious addiction to the BBC, but I’d love to hear the variety of upper-crust and North Country accents in this story. A broken...
I read a lot. I read every book my Spring Oaks Book Club picks. I read every book someone gives me for Christmas. I even joined the Green-Jell-O Book Club on Goodreads because I’m always searching for a new book – and I liked the name of the group. I...
It’s time to buy books for Christmas. Books are the perfect gift, but it does take a little sleuthing to perfectly pair a book with a reader. In “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George, bookshop owner Jean Perdu is a literary apothecary who prescribes novels. “There are books that...
By Debbie Balzotti I brought home "The Sussex Downs Murder" by John Bude from the library last week. Originally published in 1936, this little British detective novel is just my cup of tea. It falls under the category of “Good, Clean Fun” and you can almost hear the accents as...
If you are looking for a book to give to a friend, a sister, a mom, or a grandmother, then “Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani would be the perfect gift. The long-awaited movie came out in October, which brought this best-seller written in 2000 back into the spotlight. Our...
By Debbie Balzotti Sometimes I judge a book by its cover. The haunting portrait photo of Olive Oatman from 1848 shows a dark-haired beauty with a tattooed face gazing out from the cover. “The Blue Tattoo” tells her story from an Illinois childhood through her later years as a wealthy...
I read this week that Bill Gates believes a pandemic is coming in about 10 years. He said, “We’re due for an apocalyptic sickness on the scale of the 1918 flu, which killed some 50 million people.” A statement for sci-fi writers to enjoy and ponder and expand into...
When author Roy Russell wrote a compilation of 100 stories of courageous people who inspired him, he hoped the stories would also benefit readers. He was right – the stories found in his book "Courage: Stories of 100 People Who Changed the World" are not only interesting, they also encourage...