Category: New to Me Author

Review: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann

The first time I heard about this book, I was struck by how much it sounded like my own family.  Neumann grew up in Venezuela, but her father was born in Czechoslovakia.  He survived the Holocaust but never talked about it, and she grew… Continue Reading “Review: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann”

Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

I read this for my book club and really enjoyed it. This is the kind of book you put down and then you find yourself thinking about long afterwards. This author won the Nobel Prize in 2018, and I can see why. It’s kind of a strange… Continue Reading “Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk”

Review: Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

I love reading about Australia, ever since I traveled there in 2013. I was struck by the similarities in the history of Australia and the United States, though I felt Australia was much more open about its troubling treatment of Aboriginal populations. Too Much… Continue Reading “Review: Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko”

Review: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

I really got into this book about three generations of a family in small-town Connecticut, though I felt let down by the ending, for reasons I’ll try to explain without saying too much. The novel begins with Astrid, a widow, who sees a friend… Continue Reading “Review: All Adults Here by Emma Straub”

Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

If you’re like me, the first time you knew anything about the 1921 Tulsa race riots – or race massacre – was this summer, when Trump scheduled a rally in Tulsa on June 19 (Juneteenth). Before that I was mostly unaware of this history. What… Continue Reading “Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham”

Authors I’ve Discovered This Year

This post is about some of my favorite new-to-me authors in 2020 (so far). I focused more on fiction than nonfiction, with a couple of exceptions. I’ve read some excellent nonfiction this year, like Rachel Louise Snyder’s No Visible Bruises and Garrett Graf’s The… Continue Reading “Authors I’ve Discovered This Year”

Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

I had mixed feelings about this book, which was on this year’s Women’s Prize longlist. I’m interested in stories about struggling relationships, so the idea of this book that tells the story of a divorcing couple from both perspectives was an interesting one. But… Continue Reading “Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner”

Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I ended up finding it both fascinating and moving. I knew it was about a true-life group of people in the Appalachians with blue skin, and it was also about the historic Packhorse Librarians,… Continue Reading “Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson”

Review: Writers and Lovers by Lily King

I didn’t expect to like this book. In fact, I started it as an audiobook and found it meandering and a little pretentious. I don’t love the idea of a novel about writers, especially when our narrator, Casey, describes how all of her once-writer… Continue Reading “Review: Writers and Lovers by Lily King”

Review: Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon

This was a fantastic historical novel about World War II that is even greater because it is nearly all true.  Author Lawhon gives us the story of real-life hero Nancy Wake, an Australian who serves as a British special operative in World War II,… Continue Reading “Review: Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon”

Review: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

This is a debut novel that’s received quite a bit of praise, but it was not quite as good as I hoped it would be.  Author Phillips is an American who decided to write about a very remote area in Siberia called Kamchatka.  Phillips… Continue Reading “Review: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips”

Review: Saint X by Alexis Schaitken

I had mixed feelings about this book, but I found the story and its characters really compelling.  Saint X is a fictional island in the Caribbean, a place where affluent white families go to soak up the sun and drink all day long.  The… Continue Reading “Review: Saint X by Alexis Schaitken”

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