Book Review Time: Instructions For Dancing

In a previous life I was a ballroom dancer. It was a few months after the birth of my first child. I was looking for a form of exercise and a bit of fun to go along with it. Ballroom dancing provided both. Through the fast-paced rhythms of Salsa and Merengue, I discovered that IContinue reading “Book Review Time: Instructions For Dancing”

Book Review Time: Memphis

(Warning: This novel contains subject matter that may be triggering for certain audiences.) Memphis, by Tara M. Stringfellow resonated with me on many levels. As an African-American woman with strong southern roots, the sights, sounds, and smells rendered by this debut novel prompted memories of my own childhood. Early mornings on summer vacations, sitting inContinue reading “Book Review Time: Memphis”

Book Review Time: The Guncle

The Guncle is absolutely adorable. Hilarious and sweet. Heart-felt and tender. This novel is so good I didn’t want it to end. Patrick O’Hara is the title character. A former sitcom star, Patrick now lives a life of leisure in self-imposed exile in Palm Springs. Apart from the requisite weekend brunch, and idle moments spentContinue reading “Book Review Time: The Guncle”

Book Review Time: Separation Anxiety

If you will, imagine this. Life is golden. You’ve written a successful children’s book. That book is adapted into a popular PBS tv series. You’re happily married to a complicated, but loving man. And you have a young child who absolutely adores you. Then fast-forward, several years. Things have changed. Life has begun to sour.Continue reading “Book Review Time: Separation Anxiety”

Book Review Time: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The cult of celebrity is as strong now as it’s ever been. There was a time when becoming a star took at least a measure of talent and/or some willingness to work hard and sacrifice. Of course, a bit of luck never hurt. But now a random TikTok video can elicit instant stardom. It’s soContinue reading “Book Review Time: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”

Book Review Time: Red Island House

I debated with myself on whether or not I should write a review for this novel so soon after reading it. Not to say, I didn’t like Red Island House. Quite the contrary. I loved it. The story is captivating and lush not unlike the tropical environment it is primarily set in. But the novelContinue reading “Book Review Time: Red Island House”

Book Review Time: The Swimmers

Nothing lasts forever, as we are all well aware. We accept this as true…in theory. But few moments are more jarring, and depending on the circumstances, more painful than when we come face to face with this harsh reality in our own lives. We’re never quite prepared for it. In Julie Otsuka’s The Swimmers weContinue reading “Book Review Time: The Swimmers”

Book Review Time: The Reading List

The power of books is undeniable. They can be an escape, transporting us to worlds far beyond our reach, to times that pre or post-date our existence, introducing us to characters and circumstances that aren’t often recognizable in our day to day lives. We can lose ourselves in the pages of a book. But whatContinue reading “Book Review Time: The Reading List”

Book Review Time: Stakes Is High

For a comparatively slim collection of essays, Stakes Is High delivers a mighty punch. Triggered by the election of Donald Trump in 2016, Mychal Denzel Smith was left a broken man. Yet from this fragile state he has developed a message that is firm and clear. He needed to write this book, to deliver a warningContinue reading “Book Review Time: Stakes Is High”

Book Review Time: Beautiful

One simple adjective can sum up the entirety of a book. Of an experience. With a plot richly textured, and characters explored in their absolute fullness, displaying humanity unvarnished, the novel, Beautiful, proves to be just that. Beautiful. This is the story of two brothers, born and raised in the Mexican village of Merida. Miguel,Continue reading “Book Review Time: Beautiful”