What I'm Reading
Truths I Never Told You
The Lost Orphan
The Lost Orphan (Mira) by Stacey Halls, which takes place in 1747, could just as easily been titled “A Tale of Two Mothers,” with a respectful nod to Charles Dickens’ novel set similarly in Georgian London three decades later.
Freedom Lessons (She Writes Press) by Eileen Harrison Sanchez is a lesson for us all. Through her experience as a teacher in the South in the late 1960s during desegregation, especially of the schools, as well as her in-depth research, ...
Wife After Wife
Wife After Wife proves history repeats itself. As I read Olivia Hayfield’s debut novel, Wife After Wife (Berkley), about a serial philanderer, I kept yelling, “Off with his…head.” As you read it, the story will seem predictable if you’re familiar with the history and legend of King Henry VIII.
Eating Better 2020 Project
Did you know 1 in 3 adults in America lives alone? I heard this on the radio the other day. Obviously talking to me, the commentator stated: food today is not packaged for singles. When was the last time you bought a half a loaf of bread?
The Books I Read in 2019
Flip-Flops After 50
Cindy Eastman’s memoir, Flip-Flops After 50 (She Writes Press), is a breath of fresh air!
The Girl and the Tiger
Land of Last Chances
Pretty Guilty Women
In Pretty Guilty Women, Gina LaManna invites you to join four women at a destination wedding. What happens once you arrive is anybody's clue.
Do you know how many social media followers you have? Do you care? Even if you do, I bet you’re not as obsessed as the central characters are in Followers by Megan Angelo (Graydon House).
Released at the end of 2019, The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher, is a thrilling story of self-loathing, revenge, and denial. Yet, in the end, there's no denying it, The Wives should be a smashing success.
The Two Lila Bennetts
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke tell a tale of The Two Lila Bennetts. She is captured—blindfolded and restrained—as well as constrained by the ethics of her profession to defend a client who may be guilty of murder. Once the client is found not guilty, all hell breaks loose. And that’s just by page one.
If you hesitate to read Stepmother: A Memoir by Marianne Lile because you’re not a stepmother or you don’t usually read memoirs, you could lose out on a warm and rewarding reading experience. Believe me, I fall into both camps and am glad I ventured into this wonderful story.
Though a novel, Bedside Manners by Heather Frimmer, reads like a memoir or true-life story. And for us readers, that’s a good thing because though the topic—breast cancer—is scary, Ms. Frimmer juxtaposes it with relatable life-goes-on situations.
Are you a latchkey adult, like me?
Once I was a latchkey kid, now I’m a latchkey adult.
You’ve heard of latchkey kids, right? You may have been one yourself, either by yourself or along with your brothers and sisters. After school you went home, unlocked the door, went inside to an empty house without adult supervision.