The regulars were out in force this evening despite (or maybe even because) it was a chilly night. In addition to the usual activities and conversations, they made a serious dent in the leftover Halloween candy (I helped in this regard, of course). The 4 youngsters (children of various adult regulars) who frequently attend were […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 8 November 2018"
What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This touching first novel features vivid characters interacting with the hopes and contradictions of our multicultural world, as well as universal the joys, challenges, contradictions and heartbreaks of modern family life. Wei and Lina Zhen grew up in a small town in the China of the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: What We Were Promised"
I’ve been crazy-busy on a number of fronts, as a result this report on doings at the Grand Midway Hotel (and in particular the weekly coffeehouse) is a shameful four days late. My apologies. So anyway, the evening after Halloween night (when Syn and I donned costumes and gave out treats to passersby from the […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 1 November, 2018 (and what followed on Saturday, the 3rd)"
We had quite a good and varied crowd at last night’s coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel. Plenty of regulars, a few past guests we hadn’t seen in a while and a sprinkling of total newcomers. It being the last one before Halloween night, I again donned the creepy Bell Boy costume from last weekend’s […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 25 October 2018"
Feared by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery/Law Novel, 2018). The latest in a substantial series of fast-moving legal/mystery/thrillers from this best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author, this one finds the law form of Rosato & DiNunzio being sued for reverse discrimination. Three young lawyers claim they weren’t hired simply because they were men. Additionally, John Foxman, the firm’s only male […]Read more "REVIEWED: Feared"
Attendance for the weekly coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel rebounded sharply from the somewhat lackluster turnout of the 11th. I should note that Dracula Con 2018 took place in between the two–on Saturday, October 13–and was a considerable success. Unlike the coffeehouse, this year’s Dracula Con was an over-21 event, due to the local […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 18 October, 2018"
I’ve been doing full-length book reviews here for quite a while, and rest assured that I will continue to do so. But why not do an occasional movie review as well? Accordingly, here’s my take on a film that gathered 7 Academy Award nominations (including for Best Picture) and actually won 2 in 2007. Saoirse […]Read more "MOVIE REVIEW: Atonement"