Bookish in the Mitten

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

I was thinking last evening that I miss the comfort of hearing the grownups talk – parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles laughing, sharing family news, playing cards while we kids / teenagers / young adults hung around the sidelines or listened from the next room. My father died in 2017 (in fact, tomorrow is the …

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Words don’t come easily; reading this collection of short stories, I discovered beauty and I unearthed unpleasant attitudes toward others, both express and implied, which I can’t ignore. The book is not exclusively beautiful or exclusively ugly; it’s both. The collection contains finely crafted scenes in which every bird, tree, or blade of grass is …

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Here’s something to soothe your spirit. I took this video while on a walk in a light rain tonight. Feel free to download, and it’s ok to share but please include a link to this blog if you share. Thanks.

One of Michigan’s best known and most highly commended authors, Christopher Paul Curtis was born and raised in Flint and worked on an assembly line for thirteen years before moving on to other pursuits including college at U of M – Flint.  Mr. Curtis worked on the line at GM’s Fisher Body Plant #1 for …

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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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Steve Hamilton was made in Michigan; he was born in Detroit and attended both Lakeland High School and the University of Michigan. Most of his novels (crime fiction) are set in the town of Paradise which is an actual town located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and feature private detective Alex McKnight. The first book of …

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I promised a surprise today for my fellow natives of Saginaw, Michigan.  Poet Theodore Roethke is that surprise; not only was he born in Saginaw, he is an alumnus of Arthur Hill High School, my alma mater and that of my mother, siblings, and husband.  He graduated from the University of Michigan, and later taught …

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Normally I feature a classic book on Sundays, but today’s post is different. My mom died in December. I am grateful that I got to be her daughter. Words fail me when I try to say more about her gentle, unassuming spirit. I could not have had a better mother. I’m grateful that my mother-in-law …

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