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Royalist Rebel

Royalist Rebel

Regardless of the story inside, recent covers of historical novels are all about the bodice. A hint of cleavage indicates a hint of romance, maybe even lust. These books are obviously aimed at women, but when the character’s head is cut out of the picture, I wonder what kind of women those cover designers are [...]

Old Filth

Old Filth

Like a bracing draught of quinine water, the beautifully written Old Filth by Jane Gardam is both astringent and purifying; it’s good for you and, it turns out, has more than a little kick. If you are fascinated by the effects of the Empire on Britain and its subjects, this novel will be like adding gin to [...]

Death at the Voyager Hotel: a Novella

Death at the Voyager Hotel: a Novella

by Kwei Quartey Prologue In equatorial Africa, day breaks around 5:30 a.m. no matter the time of year. Morning preparations at the Voyager Hotel in Accra, Ghana follow a similar timetable. The breakfast buffet is laid out, the day staff arrives to take over from the graveyard shift, the janitor sweeps the lobby, and tour buses and hired [...]

Elizabeth the First Wife

Elizabeth the First Wife

Another laugh-out-loud romp through Pasadena by Lian Dolan (author of Vroman’s all-time best seller Helen of Pasadena) that oh-so-gently sends up institutions beloved (and sometimes berated) by us all, while keeping the plot moving and the characters familiar, believable, and relatable. Elizabeth Lancaster is a divorced professor of Shakespeare at PCC. She lives in a vintage [...]

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

This is a stylish, thoughtful, engrossing novel, a meditation on consciousness and consequences. Ursula Todd, born to English upper class parents on a snowy night in 1910, is reborn and dies again and again, living through and with various incidents, chief among them World War II. Some chapters are lengthy, some just a few paragraphs. [...]

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan Reviewed by the Book Babes: Carole, Charlotte, Vicki, Judy, Betsy, Missy, Sally, Rosey, Gail, and Patti Vroman’s summarizes Mudbound: “This prize-winning novel is storytelling at the heights of its powers; the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made real (Barbara Kingsolver), as men and women [...]

The Lost Art of Mixing

The Lost Art of Mixing

The Lost Art of Mixing is Pacific Northwest author Erica Bauermeister’s sort-of-sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients. We return to the cozy Seattle neighborhood restaurant run by Lillian, and meet some new characters (my favorites, the sham-author/actual accountant Al and his wife, Louise) while we delve deeper into the lives of others (the aging [...]

The Sadness of the Samurai

The Sadness of the Samurai

Caudillo de España por la gracia de Dios. Francisco Franco, by the Grace of God, the Leader of Spain, instilled his authoritarian dictatorship from 1936 until his death on November 20th, 1975. Generalissimo, or El Jefe, led his rebel Nationalists against the democratically elected Spanish Republic to victory in 1939. “Atrocities were committed by both [...]

The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes

By Edmund de Waal Edmund de Waal is a ceramicist who graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English. He inherited a collection of netsuke — miniature Japanese carvings — from his uncle, virtually the only things which survived from the fabulous wealth of his father’s family, the Ephrussi, cosmopolitan Russian Jews whose banking and [...]

Raveling by Peter Moore Smith

Raveling by Peter Moore Smith

“All right.” Eric laughed. “Mom’s nuts.” Eric Airie is a brain surgeon. He’s examining his mother who says she’s seeing ghosts. He can’t find anything wrong with her so he declares her crazy though the other person in the room, his brother Pilot, appears to be the one going through the psychotic break. So begins [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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