It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished and loved Meir Shalev's A Pigeon and a Boy. The twist at the end was pretty predictable, but it was still beautiful when it happened. It's a lovely book about love and destiny ....more

My Favorite Beach Books

Well, it's almost August and we're definitely hitting the beach, the lakes and the pools. But what to put in the beach bag? Here are some suggestions- some recent, some older titles but all good juicy reads for when you want to relax.Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre ....more

Review: THE PATRON SAINT OF UGLY, by Marie Manilla

The Patron Saint of Ugly, by Marie Manilla. Published 2014 by Mariner Books. Literary Fiction.I came across The Patron Saint of Ugly during one of my forays into the bookstore after dinner; it appealed to me because it's about a redhead with a physical disfigurement, which is one description of myself ....more

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

As you know if you saw my last post, I finished and really enjoyed Alfa 1300 and Other Miracles, a comic novel by Fabio Bartolomei. This weekend I started reading A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev. It's about pigeon handlers on kibbutz and in the Israeli arm have had this in my TBR pile for a long time and it was next on the pile ....more

Review: ALFA ROMEO 1300 AND OTHER MIRACLES, by Fabio Bartolomei

Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles, by Fabio Bartolomei. Published 2012 by Europa Editions. Literary Fiction ....more

Europa Challenge Catch-Up Part 2

Well now I've officially surpassed my goal of 12 Europa books, having just read my 13th, Fabio Bartolomei's delightful Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles. I will admit I haven't loved them all unreservedly but there have definitely been some gems.Billie, by Anna Gavalda. I liked this okay but didn't love it ....more

Go Set A Watchman?

As most of you have no doubt heard, last Tuesday was the publication day of Go Set A Watchman, the much-anticipated lost manuscript by Harper Lee, author To Kill A Mockingbird. Go Set A Watchman was written before Mockingbird but set after, when the lead character is an adult revisiting her Alabama hometown and her father, Atticus Finch.The controversy around the book is twofold. First, there were the highly suspicious and opaque conditions under which the book was discovered and published ....more

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished Elders, and I'm DNF'ing In the Time of the Butterflies for now. It's good, I just never seem to be in the mood to pick it up, so I'll set it aside for now. I started reading Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles, by Fabio Bartolomei ....more

Summer Day in New York: Neue Gallerie and Central Park

Yesterday we had what must have been a perfect summer day; hot but not too hot and barely humid, with just a touch of breeze. I had my eye on the weather for the week, trying to pick a nice day to head into Manhattan for lunch and a museum. Thursday was it! ...more

Review: THE HOUSE ON MOON LAKE, by Francesca Duranti

The House on Moon Lake, by Francesca Duranti. Published 2000 by Delphinium Books. Literary Fiction ....more