Bookish in the Mitten

Book reviews, book recommendations, book talk, and a little knitting

Travels With Charley (1962) chronicles John Steinbeck’s road trip from New York to California and back again, with his dog Charley as his travel companion.   I read Charley about ten years ago, and refreshed my memory by reading the Wikipedia article HERE.  In my reading, I learned that Steinbeck seems to have fabricated many …

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I am now reviewing books for Reedsy Discovery, a UK-based platform that brings together authors, editors, reviewers, and readers of self-published titles. I’m sure I’ll post more about that later, but to celebrate this new adventure, which I hope will enhance the blog, I am sharing five five-star self-published books from their web site.  Disclaimer: …

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I was drawn to Stones for Ibarra by a Wikipedia comparison to One Hundred Years of Solitude1 and a mention of magical realism.  As I read it I had some of the same reactions as when I read Lilac Girls, which I’ll explain shortly. Stones is the story of Sara and Richard Delton and their …

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Many books are made into movies; it’s no revelation. Some of these titles will be reminders to revisit old tales, but maybe one or two may be new to you. First up – the inspiration for this post! As I wandered the internet I learned that James Michener wrote the novel Tales of the South …

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I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to focus on anything for long stretches right now. I don’t need to be reading epic novels. I need short reads – light and humorous.  The fantasy and sci fi into which I escaped in the past now hit a little too close to home.  …

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Here are five authors who started writing or publishing after age fifty, or who continued their writing careers later into their lives. It’s not too late – ever! Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes was published when he was 67 years old. It won a Pulitzer Prize. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McCourt Annie Proulx – Author of Brokeback Mountain and …

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Published in November 2019 by SealPress. On October 1, 1991 a baby was born who, twelve days later, would be named Yisroel Avrom Ben Menachem Mendel. Yisroel, who was raised as an ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jew and is a rabbi, is now Abby Chava Stein, a woman. I always take memoir with a grain of salt; …

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