Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (History/Investigative Journalism, April 2017). An award-winning journalist and author of the great best-seller The Lost City of Z, Grann delivers another painstakingly researched and fascinating piece of historical investigation with this book. Among the many terrible betrayals greedy whites inflicted […]Read more "REVIEWED: Killers of the Flower Moon"
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Literary Biography, 2017). This thick, detailed, well-written and insightful biography of one of American’s most beloved authors is already a Number One Best Seller, so my saying it’s deserving of a wide readership may be considered gilding the proverbial lilly. But what the heck? […]Read more "REVIEWED: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder"
La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith (Novel, 2008). This stand alone novel is a gentle, slightly rambling but entertaining, quietly moving and affectionate book set mostly in a small town in rural England in the middle years of the 20th century. Lavender likes the flower but not her name, so she has everybody […]Read more "REVIEWED: La’s Orchestra Saves the World"
Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (Dark Fantasy Novella, 2017). Richard Chizmar, a multiple award-winning author (and editor and publisher) has teamed up with the incomparable Stephen King to produce one of the most evocative, insightful and powerfully humane short novels of dark fantasy/contemporary horror in recent memory. The book opens in the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Gwendy’s Button Box"
A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Cat Detective Novel, 2017). Yes, our favorite feline co-author and her human helper are at it again. The title is, of course, a playful pun on a classic hardboiled mystery novel (shame on you for two weeks, if you can’t puzzle out which one). […]Read more "REVIEWED: A HISS BEFORE DYING"
Seasonably chilly night at the Grand Midway (tomorrow will be much colder, followed by more up/down days). Such is Windber in November (and most of the rest of the year). Anyway…tonight’s first movie is Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Two young regulars were, predictably, debating which of the movie’s several firearms and vehicles featured in the flick… Early […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: November 9, 2017"
My cranky laptop somehow refused accept an offered Wi-Fi signal last night at the Grand Midway, so I’m forced into another day-after report. November 2 was, of course, the last day of the 3-day-long Day of the Dead observance down in southern Mexico (did you know it’s only the last few decades that the tradition […]Read more "Coffeehouse Recap, the Day After: November 2, 2017 at the Grand Midway Hotel"