The Stand on leaders

They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizens should be: partisans but never zealots, respecters of the facts which attend each situation but never benders of those facts, uncomfortable in positions of leadership but rarely able to turn down a responsibility once it has been offered … or thrust upon them. They make the best leaders in a democracy because they are unlikely to fall in love with power. Quite the opposite. ~ from The Stand by Stephen King

How to Annoy Readers: Ending a Book Without Ending the Story

As part of my effort to whittle down my pile of books waiting to be read, I chose one to read last week that had been sitting on my Kindle for probably more than a year. It started off strong, but got pretty bogged down in the middle with a rather sedate plot and characters … Continue reading How to Annoy Readers: Ending a Book Without Ending the Story

Book Review: Stiltsville

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel My rating: 5 of 5 stars It's hard for me to say whether I loved this book because of its many parallels to my life or because of the story itself or a combination of the two. Like the main character's daughter Margo, I spent many weekends and summer days at … Continue reading Book Review: Stiltsville

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved this book! Initially, the first person narration by Enzo, a philosophical dog, was a bit off putting but then the uniqueness took hold and pulled me in. Enzo is a human soul trapped in a dog body, at … Continue reading Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Book Review: Galveston

Galveston: A Novel by Nic Pizzolatto My rating: 5 of 5 stars Galveston is a dark and often violent noir story narrated by forty-something Roy “Big Country” Cady. Roy is the hired muscle for a New Orleans crime boss. Roy does his share of inflicting pain and death on others and observes in an almost … Continue reading Book Review: Galveston

Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain My rating: 5 of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book. Although the story opens and spends some time in the US Midwest, the bulk of the story is set is 1920s post-war Paris. The author does an excellent job of rendering the setting in such a way that … Continue reading Book Review: The Paris Wife