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 […]

Book review: The Crooked House

The Crooked House Author: Christobel Kent Creepy, incestuous atmosphere spun to perfection, skewed characters that run true, a crooked house that seals the deal, and a bent horizon thrust Kent’s characters into a plot so thick and gooey that this novel stalks each reader with a brilliance that terrifies.  Brutal, somewhat gothic, narrowly noir, and […]

Book review: Law and Disorder

Law and Disorder Author: Mike Papantonio I believe this is a debut novel for Mike Papantonio – although it reads like a polished, fast paced thriller; a well and thickly plotted thriller. Attorney Nick Deketomis – Deke to all who know him – is a famous and successful mass tort lawyer; he fights big corporations […]

Children’s Books That Tickle The Review Broads’ Fancy

Blue and Red Make Purple a musical journey with Jennifer Gasoi I love music and I generally buy children’s books for my nieces and nephews that have CDs that go along with the story and illustrations.  Blue and Red Make Purple is a wonderfully colorful picture book (illustrated by Steve Adams with charming illustrations) that […]

A review of: America the Anxious

America the Anxious Author: Ruth Whippman Stop watching the elections – and read America the Anxious!  An outstanding revelation of how Emoticon America seeks happiness, America the Anxious is a stunning representation of how we as Americans have passed the Ugly American stage of 1958, (a study on political self-absorption whilst in Southern Asia by […]