Five-Carat Soul By James McBride, New Title Tuesday

With humor and deep understanding of human nature, this week's New Title Tuesday recommendation,  Five Carat Soul by James McBride, is a suite of dances - to borrow musical terminology - that can be performed (read) either separately or as a whole.  The arching stories are like melodies that rise and fall in a satisfying and … Continue reading Five-Carat Soul By James McBride, New Title Tuesday

New Title Tuesday, Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

I finally got my hands on a copy of Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout and recognized this would be my New Title Tuesday recommendation.  Once again, Strout has created fully-fleshed characters who are seemingly as familiar as someone you see at the grocery but whose innermost thoughts are as complex as their backgrounds.  Strout writes … Continue reading New Title Tuesday, Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie

While waiting for Sherman Alexie's newest title, my Five Star Friday recommendation is War Dances, the 2010 winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction.  While we have many titles of of his to choose from (see below), this collection of short stories, poems, and short works is one of my favorites. Publisher's Summary: Sherman Alexie delivers a … Continue reading Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie