The Outskirts of Hope – Review

"During the height of the civil rights movement, my family moved to a small, all-black town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where my father opened a clinic and mother Aura Kruger, taught English at the local high school." This book is a memoir, written by the youngest daughter Jo, but mainly told through [...]

The Bad Dream Notebook – Review

"That's what Americans are supposed to do. There's no excuse for hanging on to negative emotions in this country." The Bad Dream Notebook is a novel about grief, loss, addiction and recovery. Erica Mason just lost her husband. Her daughter Mona just lost her dad. Chronic back pain turned out to be terminal cancer. The [...]

Among The Survivors – Review

"In the midst of a feminist revolution, Karla is an island of uncertainty." Among The Survivors is a beautiful journey into self-discovery. Karla Most has been raised by her very paranoid, possibly delusional but very single mother. She has been dressed in black since she was a baby, (even her diapers according to motherly lore), [...]

Finding My Badass Self – Review

"As adults, most of us have forgotten how to be silly. The first rule of going outside our comfort zone is learning to laugh at ourselves." Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares is a novel in which one woman, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, undertakes a year of pushing her limits in order to [...]

Slipsliding by the Bay – Review

"We can't stay locked in the past. That's one of the temptations of the ivory tower, to fall into the trap of complacency." Slipsliding by the Bay was a fun, quirky read. The book follows the trials and tribulations of a struggling Lakeside University in the 1970's. Lakeside has been struggling for a few years, [...]

Light Radiance Splendor – Review

This is a difficult review to write. I need to preface by saying, I don't know much, if anything about Kabbalah. And while I know some of the basic tenets of Judaism, again, this is not a subject I am well versed in. I preface my review with that disclaimer simply because I am not [...]