Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This powerful and often engrossing novel is Iweala’s third novel. His first (Beasts of No Nation) was particularly and widely acclaimed, winning multiple awards and literary prizes. He’s a graduate of both Harvard University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He splits his time between […]Read more "REVIEWED: Speak No Evil"
Bringing Columbia Home by Michael D. Leinbach & Jonathan H. Ward, with foreword by Robert Crippen and epilogue by Eileen Collins (Nonfiction, 2018). Some 15 years ago, the space shuttle Columbia’s damaged heatshield led to a disastrous and deadly breakup after reentering Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts were killed and a grim debris field spread along a 250-mile […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bringing Columbia Home"
Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier (Mystery Novel, October 2017). The lead character in this cozy mystery series, Lucy Stone, is a middle aged, happily married woman who works as a reporter for the local weekly newspaper in her small New England town. This time, she’s out for a run, training for the local Thanksgiving Day […]Read more "REVIEWED: Turkey Trot Murder"
Brotopia by Emily Chang (Nonfiction, 2018). The author is an experienced business reporter and TV host specializing in the high tech world and this is a steady, relentlessly focused piece of investigative journalism. It’s already a national bestseller, so it probably doesn’t need my help in gaining attention. Nonetheless, I feel like adding my voice to […]Read more "REVIEWED: Brotopia"
White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (Historical/Contemporary Novel, 2018). Korean-American Mary Lynn Bracht’s first novel is the compelling, tragic yet love-infused story of two sisters caught up in and separated by the cruelty of modern war. In 1943, Hana is 16 and Emi is several years younger, living in a coastal village on the Korean island […]Read more "REVIEWED: White Chrysanthemum"
Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. Mystery/Crime Novel. Hardcover, 447 pages from Simon & Schuster. January 2018. Cover price: $27.99. ISBN: 978-1-5011-7684-3. Also available in paperback, ebook and audio book forms. Much-acclaimed best-selling author James Lee Burke returns to his most famed character in this, his latest novel. His first-person narrator, Dave Robicheaux, is a steadfastly […]Read more "REVIEWED: Robicheaux"
Hank & Jim by Scott Eyman (Film History/Bio, 2017). Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were, without question, two of the most gifted and popular actors of their era. While they had wildly different politics, in other ways they had a lot in common and they were close friends to the end. In this capably written and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hank & Jim"