Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd. (Critical Biography, 2016). Hitchcock is, of course one of the most famous and most written-about figures in the history of the film industry. You needn’t take my word for it, either. Merely check out 4-page bibliography lurking at the back of this new book! Naturally, some are books about movies in […]Read more "REVIEWED: ALFRED HITCHCOCK"
Ruler of the Night by David Morrell (Historical Mystery Novel, 2016). Not long ago, I reviewed a Christmas-themed book from a few years ago by Morrell. Now I’m back with one from only months ago. Ruler of the Night is the third in a trilogy of exciting mystery novels set in Victorian England (1855, to be exact) […]Read more "REVIEWED: Ruler of the Night"
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. (Nonfiction Book, 2016). A best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, his latest is the gripping true story of the quest to locate a long-rumored abandoned city in a remote (and in modern times previously unexplored) region in the most mountainous rain forest interior of Honduras. […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Lost City of the Monkey God"
The last movie of the coffeehouse night… Great rock n roll/coming of age movie! Meanwhile, I had a long heart-to-heart chat with a friend. Then a bunch of us got into Netflix (‘crack for TV/movie fans’)-especially including shows like The Magician. There was also talk of binging on various foods, Stephen King’s great book On Writing and the […]Read more "January 19 at the midway, part 2"
A special, onetime mid-winter coffeehouse tonight at the fabulous Grand Midway Hotel of Windber! First up in DVD movies: GROUNDHOG DAY. Sandy Anderson dropped by, but didn’t have time to stay or do tarot readings (had to get home to feed her sweet-tempered 3-legged dog. Did say she enjoyed one of my book reviews (and […]Read more "January 19 at the Grand Midway Coffeehouse"
Hag-Seed by Margaret Attwood (Novel, 2016). Bestselling and much honored, multiple-award-winning Canadian author Margaret Attwood’s latest is (typically for her) something a bit off the beaten-path. Hag-Seed is both a simultaneous tribute to and a re-imagining of one of Will Shakespeare’s more funky works–The Tempest. Magic, revenge, love and redemption–all the aspects of the play are here. The […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hag-Seed"
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. (Novella, 2015/2016). This little book (76 pages, which includes several outwardly simple yet very appropriate illustrations by Ella Laytham) is a heartrendingly beautiful and poignant mediation on losing a loved one to senility. I confess it got to me, bigtime. A series of quietly […]Read more "REVIEWED: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer"
Thunder at the Gates by Douglas R. Egerton (Civil War History, 2016). This is a very well-written, compelling and thorough account of the three pioneering regiments of African-American soldiers raised in Massachusetts during the Civil War (though the men came from all over the country and even several foreign lands). The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was the […]Read more "REVIEWED:Thunder at the Gates"
The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery Novel, 2010). The eleventh in the series about The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, this book is a charming and delightfully lighthearted kind of/sort of mystery novel. This time out, philosophical detective Precious Ramotswe and her often hesitant but well-intentioned assistant find a road-trip north, to the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Double Comfort Safari Club"
The Swamp Fox by John Oller (Historical Biography, 2016). This is a refreshingly honest and well-written account of a genuine American hero. It’s probably a (moderate) exaggeration to claim that Francis Marion “saved the American Revolution.” But the fact that he was a important and outstanding figure in the War of Independence is beyond debate. A smart, […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Swamp Fox"