The American Spirit by David McCullough (Nonfiction/Collected Speeches, 2017). The respected winner of a fistful of major history awards, David McCullough is also something of a familiar voice from his many appearances on Public television. He’s in demand as a commemorative speaker, as well, and this relatively brief (173-page) collection of speeches he has delivered over the years […]Read more "REVIEWED: The American Spirit"
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell. (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2016). Patricia Cornwell has been writing her books about crime-solving medical examiner Kay Scarpetta and those connected to her for quite a while. This recent entry features the expected levels of suspense blended as with effective human drama. It introduces an inventive new method of murderous mayhem that at first […]Read more "REVIEWED: Chaos"
The Woman on the Stairs by Bernard Schlink. (Contemporary Novel, 2014/2016/2017). This occasionally somewhat rambling, yet ultimately engrossing study of four people dealing with decades-spanning obsessions, rampant possessiveness and unresolved personal regrets was first published in the original German in 2014. Translated by Joyce Hackett and Bradley Schmid, it appeared in England in 2016. But the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Woman on the Stairs"
Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor. (Memoir, 2017). Jeffrey Tambor has built an enviable record of success as an actor. He’s won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, despite the deep-seated insecurities that he details in this revealing and personal memoir. Of course insecure actors are anything but a rarity. That he attributes his insecurity largely to […]Read more "REVIEWED: Are You Anybody?: A Memoir"
Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke. (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2005). People who’ve read my reviews know I like a wide variety of genres. And of course I have my favored authors. Many of these are very prolific, and that is certainly the case with James Lee Burke. I’m hardly alone in my enthusiasm for Burke, as he’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: Crusader’s Cross"
The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans. (Inspirational Novel, May 2017). This one is the opening of a fascinating new trilogy about one flawed man’s journey to redemption by New York Times #1 Best Selling Author Richard Paul Evans. Although this is my first exposure to the man’s work, he has won a number awards in […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Broken Road"
Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. (Historical Novel, April 2017). This unusually good first novel is a well-researched, discerning and ultimately quite poignant book about life in Ancient Rome. Thrasius, an educated slave with special culinary skills, movingly narrates this first-person tale. While he is a fictional character, many of those he comes into contact with […]Read more "REVIEWED: Feast Of Sorrow"