Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “After the Fire” by Jane Casey

Each new installment of the Maeve Kerrigan crime series gets better; this is the sixth. Maeve is a Detective Constable in London, one of only a few woman. She mostly works with Detective Inspector Josh Derwent, with whom she has … Continue reading

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Review of “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams” by Louisa Thomas

The author spent five years researching and writing this book on Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of the sixth U.S. President, John Quincy Adams. In “The Wall Street Journal” Book Section on April 15, 2016, Jane Kamensky reviews a new … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation” by Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat, nominated twice for the National Book Award in the adult category, here writes a book for children based in part on her own experiences as a child in Haiti. She was separated from her parents while they tried … Continue reading

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Review of “Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is introduced to us as a 63-year-old woman who is a bit of a fussbudget; indeed, at times “a bloody nag-bag,” who manages living with circumstances she cannot control by trying to exert control over the things she can: … Continue reading

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Review of “Wilde Lake” by Laura Lippman

Luisa (“Lu”) Brant, 45, has just gotten elected as the first female state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland – a post her father, Andrew Jackson Brant, had also held. Her father, with the help of the housekeeper “Teensy,” brought up … Continue reading

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