Book review: Mangrove Lightning

Mangrove Lightning Author: Randy Wayne White Conch Republic Prize for Literature, as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency, Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society; one of only four writers named as an Editor At Large by prestigious Outside magazine (Jon Krakauer, Hampton Sides and Tim Cahill are the others) […]

Two Great Books to Change Your Life for the Good – Better – Best

Self Help in Your Life and in Your Career Finding Your Ruby Slippers – Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch Author: Lisa Ferentz Lord knows I have spent much of my life conferring with therapists and I have always considered it the biggest gift I can give myself: a way to learn about myself and […]

Book review: The Heart by French author Maylis de Kerangal

The Heart by French author Maylis de Kerangal translated by Sam Taylor Thump. Thump. Thump.  In 24 hours, this heart will belong to another human being. The 19 year old teenager who owned it has been announced brain dead and his distraught and shocked parents are giving up his organs.  Simon Limbres and his three […]

Book review: The North Water

The North Water Author: Ian McGuire Taut and tensile, The North Water splashes into the sea of pain and gore of the whaling ships and men that poured their muscle and brawn into the harpoons of yesteryear.  Reminiscent of Moby Dick and Old Man and the Sea, McGuire casts the same melancholy harsh brutality into […]

Book review: No One Can Pronounce My Name

No One Can Pronounce My Name Author: Rakesh Satyal The loveliest of novels, No One Can Pronounce My Name wafts in and out of book bound lives like a fragile dream as it dances with its characters in their pursuit beyond loneliness and fear of the unknown.  Such a novel appears seldom, as the reader […]

Book review: The Sellout

The Sellout Author: Paul Beatty Man Booker winner 2016 – first American to win   In The Sellout, nothing is sacrosanct and everything is sacrosanct as the author, Paul Beatty turns us on our heads with a satiric novel that proves genius in every way…every sentence pings with intelligent barb and obnoxious humor, and every […]

City of Thorns – book review

City of Thorns Author: Ben Rawlence In City of Thorns, a new book in real-time about the lives of nine refugees in the Dedaab Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya for Somalian and other refugees, Ben Rawlence performs the impossible.  Instead of sighing and saying oh who cares? Rawlence steers our attention where our hearts should […]

Book review: The Nowhere Man

The Nowhere Man  (An Orphan X Novel) Author: Gregg Hurwitz   Jason Bourne’s balls and brawn, James Patterson’s staccato chapters that rip through a novel, and with an orphaned hero-assassin with a big heart, The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz assures an on the edge performance that strikes like a fully loaded clip on an automatic […]

Book review: Only the Animals

Only the Animals Author: Ceridwen Dovey To anthropomorphize or Not to anthropomorphize?  Ceridwen Dovey’s novel, Only the Animals, is a collection of very clever short stories with animal narrators. Each animal narrator is owned by a famous person in history that has been famous for talent and goodness (Tolstoy) or evil (Hitler) or the animal […]

Review: The Big Green Tent

The Big Green Tent  Author: Luidmila Ulitskaya(Translated from Russion by Polly Gannon) Sloughing through a Cold War, The Big Green Tent combines a sweeping tale of three Russian friends from Moscow with a panorama of the politics, ethics, literature and Russian experience as the characters all wind their way through childhood, school and adulthood.  The […]