The Buddha in the Attic

Almost like a mesmerizing chant, Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic will hypnotize you with its lilting monologue and heart-wrenching imagery.  The voices of Japanese “picture brides” explain their epic journey in eight chapters from their expectations and fears on … Continue reading

Looking For a Book to Discuss?

When book clubs decide to create a slate for the whole year, the order can be soothing to those who like to plan ahead.  Each year around this time, one of my book clubs starts gearing up for the next … Continue reading

Holiday Books – Notable Books for 2011

The New York Times Book Review section has their list of 100 notable books of 2011 ready for Christmas giving ideas.  I have a lot of catching up to do – I’ve only read 9 on the list. Click on … Continue reading

Seven Books Under Two Hundred Pages to Read While the Turkey is Roasting

My mother roasted her Thanksgiving turkey overnight on such a low setting it’s a wonder we all survived, but it was deliciously moist. I always rose at the crack of dawn to start my feast, but today cooks know how … Continue reading