I hope you aren't disappointed, but just in case it feels like a bait-and-switch, I promise to include some exciting gallbladder-related info at the end. Recently, my Darling Husband aka Prince Charming Pants aka PCP informed me that I needed to "start pulling my weight around here." It seems raising children (including homeschooling), managing a … Continue reading This is not a blog about gallbladders.
If you're going to be sentenced to house arrest, you could do worse than a luxury hotel. Of course, your perspective might be a little different if you're an aristocrat used to a certain way of life, but the indomitable Count Alexander Rostov takes it all in stride, even his tiny garret bedroom (which he … Continue reading Book review: A Gentleman in Moscow
A poignant, bittersweet examination of marriage, infidelity, and origami, this story is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Audra is everything Graham Cavanaugh's first wife wasn't: warm, outgoing, and spontaneous. Audra's only flaw is that she doesn't have an off switch, and talks to anyone and everyone about the most inappropriate topics imaginable. While charming and undeniably … Continue reading Book review: Standard Deviation
Kat Sinclair, a bright young PhD candidate recently recruited by the Department of Homeland Security, doesn't know she's about to get tangled up in a conspiracy that will change America forever. Terrorists are blamed when highways become crippled by a series of horrific tanker-truck explosions. The Vice President and Cabinet deem the President unfit … Continue reading Book review: Knave’s Gambit
I know the year is off to a good start when the first book I pick turns out to be a winner. Marion Palm is an unfashionable, middle-aged Brooklynite who decides to go on the lam rather than risk getting caught for embezzling from her children's school. Her panic only gets her as far as … Continue reading Book review: The Misfortune of Marion Palm
I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, but that doesn't mean much. Who doesn't love A.C.? But, having run through her entire collection (twice), I was thrilled to find this gem. The story is actually two stories: a murder mystery written by a famous author who has suddenly passed away, and then his … Continue reading Book Review: Magpie Murders
Another book review based on geography: very local geography in this case. Anne Tyler is a fellow Baltimorean and when I read her stories, I can't help but hope I'll run into her at the grocery store. Vinegar Girl is the retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Tyler supposedly hated the story and was … Continue reading Book Review: Vinegar Girl