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12 02, 2017

Pregnant Too Young

By | 2017-02-13T10:57:36+00:00 February 12th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

If we lined up all the books you read before you were seventeen, would you have the stomach to read any of them again? Would they even feel like the same books? I’m trying to imagine the fascination in which I would hold a book like Where the Heart Is, had I read it back in my weepy-teen days. Let me just confess that [...]

5 02, 2017

All About A French Ugly Duckling

By | 2017-02-05T19:05:31+00:00 February 5th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

This week, our heroine is a middle-aged ugly duckling. In The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol, Josephine Cortes’ husband dumps her for a young salon chick. All Josephine has left is her suburban Paris apartment, her teen/tween daughters, one of whom wears a bikini all too well and constantly tells her, “Mom, you’re such a buzzkill.” The other daughter is as sweet and [...]

8 01, 2017

When Hard Times Hit: I Guess We’ll Have to Sell the Castle

By | 2017-02-25T17:00:07+00:00 January 8th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Go ahead, name me the small pleasure that gets you through a deadly-dull afternoon. Is it a chocolate bar? A certain Pandora station? Feeling your favorite jade earrings swinging from your ears? A stop at the gas station, where you know exactly where the pink snowballs sit on the shelf and it wouldn’t hurt to buy just one this afternoon? What if your fortunes [...]

6 11, 2016

Ann Patchett Does It Again

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 November 6th, 2016|good fiction, sandwiches, soups|0 Comments

Ann Patchett is getting to be a favorite author around here. Commonwealth, her latest, opens at an alcohol-fueled christening party. Imagine yourself, a cop, father of the new baby, opening the door to find a colleague ready to step across your threshold, uninvited. And by the time the party’s over, he and your wife are in love. Commonwealth wastes little time on the spark that [...]

25 09, 2016

On Looking Up Old Flames

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 September 25th, 2016|good fiction, main dishes, sandwiches|0 Comments

How do you, a married woman, justify looking up an old flame? Well, it’s never justifiable. But specifically, how does Judith Toomey Whitman, the protagonist of Tom McNeal’s novel, To Be Sung Underwater, justify it? Does the fact that her husband constantly works late do it? And that his comely secretary always appears in these “work late” scenes? To Be Sung jumps back and forth [...]

4 09, 2016

Drama Queen Mothers

By | 2016-09-04T20:32:24+00:00 September 4th, 2016|desserts, good fiction|0 Comments

Oh, how I wish the Strawberry Graham Dessert I made this weekend looked like this picture. Not that it didn’t taste good. At this very moment, I’m battling the urge to return to the kitchen and eat a little more. I mean, what’s not to like about strawberries, whipped cream and a graham cracker crust? Kind of like this week’s book, The Wishing Hill. Author [...]

28 08, 2016

Motherless Children

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 August 28th, 2016|good fiction, main dishes|0 Comments

Back when I was addicted to People Magazine, I’m sure it was royal weddings and celebs on diets or in rehab that made me buy an issue. But deep inside its pages, People’s reporters offered up quieter stories that really grabbed me by the collar. Two points for you if you can guess which kind of story: 1. Animal rescue 2. Adoptions and/or orphans 3. [...]

14 08, 2016

You Know You Want To

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 August 14th, 2016|brownies, desserts, good fiction, main dishes|0 Comments

With just a few weeks of perfect sit-outside weather left, you know a wedding-weekend novel would be just the thing to read. Some of you can’t make it to the beach because your kids are already in school. No problem. The porch will do, especially with no children around, begging for snacks. In Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand, we not only have a wedding to [...]

31 07, 2016

Ten For One!

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:14+00:00 July 31st, 2016|breakfasts, good fiction, main dishes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’m reading a door-stopper of a book that’s taking me two weeks. But don’t worry, I still have reading ideas for you. Here’s a post about developing a canon of Mormon literature. It’s intended for scholars and critics — “Mormon literary critics need something to criticize” — but includes a list of ten Mormon-themed books. Ten for one! Just like a big sale week at your [...]

24 07, 2016

Can You Outwit Your Favorite Mystery Author?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:14+00:00 July 24th, 2016|cookies, good fiction, main dishes, salads|0 Comments

I’m not sure how Katherine Hayton’s The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton ended up on my Kindle. But I gave it a whirl. It’s a workable murder mystery in which we have two detectives, Ngaire and Deb, possibly meant to be the Cagney & Lacey of Christchurch, New Zealand. A man walks in off the street and confesses to a forty-years-past murder. He’s got nothing to [...]