Godless Grace – David Orenstein Phd., Linda Ford Blaikie L.C.S.W.

I received this book as a giveaway from Library Thing.  I had heard about it previously from atheist podcasts I listen to and it sounded very interesting.  So, I was very pleased when I got the notice that I had won a copy of it for review. Alas, the joy didn’t last long.  I had […]

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Wow does not even begin to cover this book!  Cynthia Bond is a Storyteller of the highest degree.  She softly invites you to take a seat next to her so she can tell you something and gives you a taste of her tale.  You sit down and she slowly wraps a blanket of words about […]

No Book but the World – Leah Hager Cohen

This was a very unexpected book!  I’m not sure where I learned of it.  I believe it was through Kirkus.  At any rate, I remember that the description was a bit elusive but for some reason caught my attention and it got put on my “to read” list.  And I am very glad I did. […]

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I’m not really sure how I wound up reading two “vampire” stories in a row.  I guess my only defense is that I had no idea that “The Historian” was a vampire novel.  That said, I am glad that I did read this one as it is an excellent novel. The Historian is part mystery, […]

The Fledgling by Octavia Butler

I don’t remember where I came up with this book on my reading list, but I am aware of the notoriety of Octavia Butler.  Fledgling is an interesting novel and I have admittedly very mixed feelings about it.  I do have some reservations about being totally frank about my feeling about this book because of […]

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels is an utterly fascinating story about one of the early pioneers of modern medicine and surgery, Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter.  He was flamboyant in his dress from a very young age and it carried through and into his career as a brilliant surgeon where he sported his expensive and colorful suits into […]

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The first book I read of Sarah Waters was Tipping the Velvet.  I was fascinated with her style and the rich and complex characters she created in its pages.  Its taken me a while to get around to another of her novels, but I have finally come back to her. Little Stranger is a very […]

God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens

Well, I am sure that Mr. Hitchens is equally as controversial as Dawkins, so we shall see how quickly this review is swooped upon.  (I did one on The God Delusion and had a near immediate rambling assault on Amazon.) My biggest issue with the book is Hitchens’ reading it.  I have heard him in […]

The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters is a novel by Eleanor Brown about the Andreas family, particularly the three sisters, Cordelia, Rosalind and Bianca.  Their father speaks in Shakesperian verse. I wanted to like this book.  And its not that I disliked it.  I had a mixture of both.  There’s not a great deal going on in the […]