Book Reviews

Book Review: Unsaid by Neil Abramson – the moving story of a husband’s grief journey and how he honors his wife’s life and love of animals

Book Review: Unsaid by Neil Abramson – the moving story of a husband’s grief journey and how he honors his wife’s life and love of animals

Unsaid was recommended to me by a friend whom I know to be thoughtful. We are both animal lovers and she warned me to “have the tissues ready.” While the idea of reading about animals drew me in, I was also curious about the lead character’s grief journey since I have journaled extensively about my […]

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Note: I love historical fiction and when Amy Belding Brown asked me to review her latest book, I jumped at the chance. Her last book, Mr. Emerson’s Wife had been a game-changing book for me. I couldn’t wait to read Flight of the Sparrow given my deep interest in spiritual matters, a lifelong residency in Massachusetts […]

Book Review: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – a soul-searching must for every creative

Book Review: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – a soul-searching must for every creative

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok My rating: 5 of 5 stars I haven’t known a book to affect me so profoundly as My Name is Asher Lev. The conflict is deep, searing, cutting to the core. It helped me to understand better the nature of being a creative person and the sacrifice […]

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is an old soul in a young body. How else can I explain his wisdom? One would think his latest book, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing would be geared towards millennials, people his own age. Yet I found myself relating just as easily to it. And […]

Book Review: How Bees Came to Make Chili by Terry Bradley, illustrated by Patrick A. Siwik

Book Review: How Bees Came to Make Chili by Terry Bradley, illustrated by Patrick A. Siwik

As part of Book Bloggers’ AIR Book Tours, I am pleased to review How Bees Came to Make Chili by Terry Bradley. Geared for younger children, this book features delightful illustrations by Patrick A. Siwik. Readers are introduced to members of a honey bee community led by Queen Larabee and her son, Prince Littlebee. The […]

Book review: Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious by Pat Gohn – a new way to look at feminism

Book review: Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious by Pat Gohn – a new way to look at feminism

I write a monthly column for Catholicmom.com. This was my contribution for March. I have followed Pat Gohn’s career for several years from when she first made her appearance on the web with her outstanding podcast, Among Women. She is well-educated, well-spoken and a hard and patient worker who deserves her success with this book. […]

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:
How did serving as one of the first nurses of the Civil War lead to Louisa May Alcott’s runaway best seller, Little Women? Children’s author Kathleen Krull explores this journey in a delightful picture book entitled Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War led to Little…

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