Prepare for Grandparents Day 2016, A Reader’s Advisory

This year National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day.  This year it’s September 11.  I learned that this was not something created by greeting-card companies, but the result of a grassroots movement started by West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade in 1970.  President Jimmy Carter, signed Proclamation 4580 - National Grandparents … Continue reading Prepare for Grandparents Day 2016, A Reader’s Advisory

Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky, A Book Review

Microhistories offer a fresh way of looking at the world.  Author Mark Kurlanksy is one of the best researchers and writers of the genre, known internationally for his books Cod and Salt, among others.  At first glance, an entire book about something seemingly mundane or insignificant doesn't sound all that thrilling.  But when you see how one item affects the … Continue reading Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky, A Book Review

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, a Book Review

Awhile ago, Ryan wrote a raving review about Kate Atkinson's bestselling novel Life After Life.   If you haven't read the book yet...well, look, just read it.  Yes, its 500 pages.  But I promise it's worth your time. So much so, in fact, that you'll pick up Atkinson's next book, A God in Ruins, as soon as you finish the first.  This … Continue reading A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, a Book Review