Mortified

Amid the disenchantment surrounding Castro’s early 1980s regime and her husband’s failed attempts at organizing a revolution of his own, Soledad takes her two children, Ulises and Isabel, and flees, not to a pseudo-Cuban community of refugees in Miami but onward to Hartford, Connecticut. There, she begins a relationship with a foreigner, a Dutchman named…

Thief’s Mark

Book Blurb (from the author’s website) As a young boy, Oliver York witnessed the murder of his wealthy parents in their London apartment. The killers kidnapped him and held him in an isolated Scottish ruin, but he escaped, thwarting their plans for ransom. Now, after thirty years on the run, one of the two men…

Around The World F to J

The second episode of the Books Around The World series is live today. Click here to watch. Connect with me on: Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter Linkup: Caffeinated Book Date, B Loved Boston, More Pieces of Me,  Creative Muster

How To Behave In A Crowd

There’s a way to act when you’re alone, another state of being when you’re in the company of your closest friends and then there’s how to behave in unfamiliar situations. How to Behave in a Crowd, a novel by Camille Bordas, challenges this idea by isolating a young boy within his family – a group of…

A Closer Book 64 – 66

I am still playing catchup with outstanding book reviews. Today, I finally posted my video review of 3 books that I read .. in the middle of July. I suppose if I wasn’t reading so fast, it would be easier to review everything but I started a project and I want to see it through…

Windfall

Together Mr and Mrs. Jha and their adult son, Rupak, are experiencing a windfall.  Anil Jha has worked his entire adult life in computers and his wife has worked with craftswomen, helping them secure markets for their local products.  Now both those pursuits have paid off. Their adult son, Rupak, has devoted himself to getting…

#Eclipse2017

Did anyone actually get any work done around midday today when the world, or at least our part of it, paused to watch the solar eclipse. The eclipse didn’t happen the same way in New York, so I watched two YouTube feeds showing the event happening at different times in idaho and in South Carolina….

Here and Gone

Audra Kinney is a New York woman fleeing her abusive husband, her young children in tow, when she gets pulled over on the Arizona backroads for a minor traffic violation. Afterwards, the cops refute her claims that her children were present when they arrived, suggesting that she harmed her children in the desert. Here and…

Girl In Snow

Sixteen-year-old Lucinda Hayes is found dead in the snow in front of the neighborhood elementary school one morning. While the police investigate the usual suspects – the neighborhood ex-con, her stalker and her recent ex-boyfriend – anyone could be responsible, which is why it’s important that the story is told from alternating perspectives. There’s the…

Rubbing Stones

Somewhere in the US, a teenaged boy gets enticed into trouble by his girlfriend and winds up in jail, almost hurting his younger brother in the process. Their mother, Jane, who is a psychiatry professor and married to a politician, books an African trip that will take them rafting and on to a clinic –…

Physics For Life

As an engineer, the title of this book intrigued me. It’s called The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day and the striking red cover bears the universal symbol of science – electron orbitals surrounding an atom – except where the atom’s nucleus is usually pictured, it’s been replaced with a slice…

Hag-Seed (may contain explicit language)

Turns out Hag-seed is a curse word. Who would have guessed? Not me. I mean, when you think of books with profane language, who thinks of Shakespeare? But I’m jumping ahead so let’s get back to the beginning. Where It All Began In the early 1600s, William Shakespeare wrote a play about Prospero, a man…