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REVIEWED: Hag-Seed

Hag-Seed by Margaret Attwood (Novel, 2016).

Bestselling and much honored, multiple-award-winning Canadian author Margaret Attwood’s latest is (typically for her) something a bit off the beaten-path.  754 more words

REVIEWED: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. (Novella, 2015/2016).

This little book (76 pages, which includes several outwardly simple yet very appropriate illustrations by Ella Laytham) is a heartrendingly beautiful and poignant mediation on losing a loved one to senility. 168 more words

REVIEWED:Thunder at the Gates

Thunder at the Gates by Douglas R. Egerton (Civil War History, 2016).

This is a very well-written, compelling and thorough account of the three pioneering regiments of African-American soldiers raised in Massachusetts during the Civil War (though the men came from all over the country and even several foreign lands). 670 more words

REVIEWED: The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery Novel, 2010).

The eleventh in the series about The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, this book is a charming and delightfully lighthearted kind of/sort of mystery novel.  351 more words

REVIEWED: The Swamp Fox

The Swamp Fox by John Oller (Historical Biography, 2016).

This is a refreshingly honest and well-written account of a genuine American hero. It’s probably a (moderate) exaggeration to claim that Francis Marion “saved the American Revolution.” But the fact that he was a important and outstanding figure in the War of Independence is beyond debate. 531 more words

REVIEWED: The Spy Who Came For Christmas

The Spy Who Came For Christmas by David Morrell (Spy/Thriller, 2008).

I started reading this on Christmas Eve (which is when its set, matter of fact). 412 more words

REVIEWED: The Northmen

North Men by John Haywood. (History, 2016).

I don’t want to be snotty about it, but honesty demands that I say this straight out: In this book, John Haywood has managed the dubious and improbable feat of turning the story of the sprawling and dramatic, violent and complex heyday of the bold raiders we commonly call Vikings into rather dry reading. 757 more words