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Book Review: The Sanatorium

Suspense/Mystery/Thriller The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse 380 pages. Penguin Random House The setup for The Sanatorium was so promising. British detective Elin and her boyfriend, Will, travel to the Swiss Alps for her estranged brother’s engagement party. Her goal is to confront him about their little brother’s mysterious death...

Book Review: Anxious People

Fiction Anxious People by Fredrik Backman 353 pages. Atria Books. A bank robbery turns into a hostage situation. Told in the witty way Backman wrote A Man Called Ove, Anxious People tells the story of two cops, a bank robber, a real estate agent and seven hostages. All of...

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Nonfiction/True Crime Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann 338 pages. Doubleday I can’t believe there was a time in my life when I wouldn’t read nonfiction. If I still thought nonfiction was boring, I would have missed out...

Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

Psychology Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone By Brené Brown 194 pp. Random House $18.00 In Braving the Wilderness, Brené talks about how we struggle with wanting to belong with the in-crowd, but we find true belonging when we are true...

Pantsing didn’t work for me, but here’s what did

I get tired of the pantsing versus plotting discussions. This isn’t meant to debate either of those, but to share with you what worked for me. Last year, I got an inkling of a story idea. I don’t remember where it came from. All I remember is that there...

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Young Adult Fiction Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell 336 pp. St. Martain’s Press $18.99 I confess that I listened to this audiobook and didn’t read a physical copy. The story is the same, but sometimes the voice actors give a book an added emotional element. Eleanor & Park...

Book Review: The Silent Patient

Fiction/Thriller The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides pp. 336 Celadon Books $14.79 There’s so much I want to say about this book, but then I’d be giving away spoilers. The basic plot centers around the eponymous character, Alicia Berenson, who after being charged with killing her husband is committed...

Book Review: The Devil in the White City

Nonfiction The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson 447 pp. Vintage $20.50 Years ago you wouldn’t have caught me reading a nonfiction book unless it was assigned as homework. Admittedly, it’s still not my favorite genre. Like...

Book Review: Neverwhere

Fiction Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman 400 pp. Harper Collins $8.99 This is the second Neil Gaiman book I read this year. The first, Ocean at the End of the Lane, was for book club. I read Neverwhere after listening to Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass course. I picked this one up...

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Fiction The Ocen at the End of the Lane By Neil Gaiman 256 pp. William Morrow $11.38 Memories are malleable. For the most part, they live in the recesses of our mind and come out at odd times. Sometimes they peek out their head and other times they make...