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: Sugar, Salt, Fat

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss My rating: 5 of 5 stars This exhaustively and impressively researched exposé on the food industry reads like good investigative journalism with an element of suspense thrown in. While I think most people know that processed and pre-packaged food isn’t good for you … Continue reading Book Review: Sugar, Salt, Fat

Book Review: Spark

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It started off strong and rather compelling with a case study about innovative personal fitness (not PE) classes at a few high schools that … Continue reading Book Review: Spark

Book Review: Write Away

Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George My rating: 5 of 5 stars This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King's On Writing and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention … Continue reading Book Review: Write Away

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: Unbroken

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a fantastic read that tells the story of Louie Zampirini, a World War II airman who epitomized the Greatest Generation. Zampirini, the son of Italian immigrants, spends his childhood engaged in shenanigans and … Continue reading Book Review: Unbroken

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

Book Review: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely My rating: 4 of 5 stars I first saw Dan Ariely present his notion of predictable irrationality in a video on tedtalks.com. He presented his ideas in a very entertaining manner, so I thought I would check out his book. The book is … Continue reading Book Review: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions