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17 12, 2017

Let’s Go To Amerikay

By | 2017-12-17T20:42:40+00:00 December 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

I’m working my way through a list of ethnic museums in Chicago. Got the Ukrainians and the Greeks checked off. (Hey, Latvians, I tried, but if you’re going to tell Google Maps you’re running a museum, might be nice if you find a nice little volunteer to open the place up. Or you could try posting your hours on the door. I don’t like [...]

3 12, 2017

Less Depressing than Jane Eyre

By | 2017-12-03T19:13:54+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|good fiction|1 Comment

It’s been a while since I read a story wherein someone wore a “frock.” Frocks were how heroines dressed back when I learned to read, so that should tell you the era of this week’s book. In Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting, Linda Martin leaves an English orphanage to accept a governess position in a French manor. (To be clear, she’s an orphan at [...]

26 11, 2017

Irishness 201

By | 2017-11-26T18:58:43+00:00 November 26th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Remember when we talked about this book? Author David Lynch filled us in on all the fortunes and misfortunes of today’s Irish.   Lynch showed us what you might see on the Irish street, or in the Irish bureaucrat’s office. Getting in to the Irish head and heart is a job for another author and, fortunately, Lynch tells us which one to look for: Roddy Doyle. [...]

12 11, 2017

Is Your BFF Like This?

By | 2017-11-12T20:18:48+00:00 November 12th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

If you’re a little bummed that your summer months of sandals and cold lemonade have abandoned you and you now have to bundle up against the wind, Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam may soothe your wounded soul a bit. You will meet Sarah, an Upper East Side girl, and Lauren, her best friend since grade school. The novel’s name comes from an overheard [...]

5 11, 2017

What Do We Do With Dad?

By | 2017-11-05T20:19:52+00:00 November 5th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

When I opened up Louise Dean’s The Old Romantic, I met a cast of miserable people being miserable to each other. There’s Nick Goodyew, who has spent his adulthood getting away from the kind of dad who talks like this: “[I]f you start to finkin about what other people are going through. . .” Or this: “[M]iserable excuse for a youman bein’.” Nick changes [...]

29 10, 2017

Get Your Mormon Primer Here!

By | 2017-10-29T18:59:08+00:00 October 29th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Take one normal Mormon housewife, busy keeping up with the laundry and the Relief Society president’s meal requests. Throw in a husband who’s a bishop, which means she’s now got people showing up on her doorstep with tear-stained faces, people calling at all hours. That should be enough to kickstart Mette Ivie Harrison’s novel, The Bishop’s Wife. Then people go missing. Or dead people [...]

17 09, 2017

For Those of You That Like Do-Overs

By | 2017-09-17T19:21:45+00:00 September 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Kate Atkinson’s hefty story, Life After Life, can make a reader dizzy, even while sitting in a solid, comfy chair. It follows the life of Ursula Todd, a British banker’s daughter, born on a snowy night back in the days when people sang songs like “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” The trick about this “life” of Ursula’s is that she dies and [...]

6 08, 2017

You’ll Want To Star in This Movie

By | 2017-08-06T19:46:42+00:00 August 6th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Continuing with Mormon authors this week, I present The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards. The story begins when a pack of Allied soldiers ambush a German officer’s car bounding along the road in Italy. As the men examine the dead officer now slumped in the seat, they notice how thoroughly he resembles one of their own, Bastien Ley. Daringly, Bastien assumes the dead [...]

30 07, 2017

A Kiss That Rattles the Richter Scale

By | 2017-07-30T17:30:11+00:00 July 30th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week and next, in observance of Summer Book Trek, Read Fast Eat Slow features books by indie Mormon authors. You can head on over to SBT’s website to check out what’s new in that niche. Fantasy and romance (but I repeat myself) are the favorite genres of these authors, both of which I handle like the mushy vegetables that need to come out of [...]

16 07, 2017

Would You Go Where You’re Not Wanted?

By | 2017-07-16T20:20:28+00:00 July 16th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

“We weren’t the only ones.” “No kidding. . . . Why do you think we had to start our own hotels?” One day, a Mrs. Marx of Newton Massachusetts dashes off a letter to a Vermont inn, inquiring about vacation accommodations. The reply letter makes it clear that “Our guests who feel most comfortable here . . . are Gentiles. Very truly yours . [...]