Just One Million

Out of more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, 23 million of them are non-employers, meaning that no one has a job there except the owners. This kind of business owner chooses the freedom of the hustle instead of going to clock in for a 9-to-5 job, might wake up every morning…

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…

The Lauras

Alex’s mother leaves home in the middle of the night, taking 13-year-old Alex with her. What starts off as a reaction to a domestic dispute becomes an extended road trip and series of relocations that takes the pair from Virginia to Florida and then across the country. Over the course of the novel, we follow…

A Closer Book 70 – 72

A few days ago, I posted a review of some recent reads. Check it out here In the video, I discussed 2 novels and a short story collection: Here and Gone /Haylen Beck A Tale for the Time Being /Ruth Ozeki New York 1, Tel Aviv 0: Stories /Shelly Oria The titles above are affiliate links…

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…

A Closer Book 61 – 63

Another day, another book review, except this time, there are 3 of them – 3 books that I read recently and enjoyed in very different ways. Commonwealth is a book I wanted to read when it was first released and I heard some pretty negative reviews even while it was being hyped it seemed by…

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…

Tell Me How This Ends Well

It’s 2022 and the only thing that’s different is that history is repeating itself.  iPhones still work the same, traffic has only gotten worse, people still watch Bravo reality shows. Oh, and when kids (no matter what age) can’t get their own way, they plot their parents’ demise. That’s the premise of Tell Me How This…

True or False. Men And Women Have Different Skin. 

Think fast! We’re going to a tropical location with lots of sunshine. What are the three first things on your packing list? I’m guessing your swimwear and your sunglasses are number 1 and 2 on the list. Maybe sunscreen is a distance 3rd. Anyway, great choice. That says you’ve heard of the dangers of sun exposure…

The 3-Step Process to Moving From Negative to Positive

Have you ever found yourself saying, ‘I wish I could stop thinking… Something’? You know what I mean. You have a thought, a reaction to a situation, a reflex that you wish you didn’t have. It’s more like a habit – this tendency to think negatively. And you wish you could stop. You wish you…

You’re Not Special

You’re not special. I’m sorry to break the news to you but it’s true. You’re not. Sure, you’re unique. Nobody else has the same fingerprints, or the same DNA, the same retina scan. So I’ll give you that – uniqueness. But you’re not special. That’s what David McCullough Jr. told a 2012 high school graduating…