Oh my word. What an absolutely harrowing, enthralling, devastating book. I’m told there is a movie – I haven’t seen it and I’m glad of that as it would have entirely spoilt the unforgettable finale […]
Tag: American authors
94. ‘The Professors House’ by Willa Cather
A completely new author for me, and one I’m thrilled to have stumbled across; I bought this at the rather wonderful Harry Hartog’s book shop and it is delightful. I’ve found myself reading a lot […]
87. ‘go set a watchman’ by harper lee… plus a copy of ‘mockingbird’
Back in April 2020, I reviewed and gifted forward Mum’s copy of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Such a fine novel, first published in 1960 and one which firmly holds a place as a ‘must read’ […]
80. ‘Mildred pierce’ by james m. cain
Recently, I’ve taken to pulling a book off the shelves at random rather than spending time choosing one, and so far, I have to say, it is paying off! Mum had marvellous taste in books […]
76. ‘The Thunderbolt Kid’ by Bill Bryson.
I do love Bill Bryson, and so did Mum. His sense of humour sometimes feels more British that American – very dry and acerbic – perhaps because he lived in the UK for a long […]
74. ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ by Elizabeth Strout.
I think this may well be the best book I have read thus far this summer. Those who know me well will know that I rarely cry; tears do not come easily to me in […]
67. ‘Beloved’, by Toni Morrison
Without a doubt, one of the most powerful, devastating, moving and eye-opening novels I have ever read in my life. This book astonished me the first time I read it, back in the 90’s, and […]
61. ‘Breathing Lessons’ by Anne Tyler.
I read this quite fast, even for me…and before I launch into what I really thought about it, I will add a disclaimer…I found myself so irritated by the central character, Maggie Moran, that I […]
60. Two books today – ‘tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom, and ‘Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant’ by Anne Tyler
Two books, very different from one another, both by American authors, and both read by me in the sunshine last week. Let’s start with ‘tuesdays with Morrie’. It describes itself as, ‘an old man, a […]