Gardening Book Review: Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook

During the month of May I’m team-teaching a class on the philosophy and sociology of food with 13 students who do things like move chickens, plant seeds, cook greens, make garlic aioli and bake bread.  We’ve been talking a lot about the process of … [Read more...]

Book Review: Wife 22

What would chick lit look like if it went online?  What seems like ages ago now in 1998, the chick flick went online with You’ve Got Mail.  Isn’t it quaint and funny now to think about AOL and that horrible noise your computer used to make when it … [Read more...]

Book Review: Gold

U.S. coverI feel very cool and ahead of the curve to have a review of Chris Cleave’s new novel, Gold, before it’s official release in July of this year.  The very generous proprietors at Village Lights Bookstore allowed me to dig through their pile … [Read more...]

Three Quickie Reviews

April’s been a slow reading month so of those months where nothing’s really grabbed me and pulled me in.  I just rode my bike home from Village Lights Bookstore with a basketful of ARCs, and already, my reading luck has turned.  Here are … [Read more...]

Mystery Book Review: My Foe Outstretch’d Beneath the Tree and No Case for the Police

In my never-ending quest for a good mystery to read, I came upon V.C. Clinton-Baddeley reviewed by Yvette at In So Many Words for her Friday’s Forgotten Book.  Indeed, V.C. Clinton Baddeley must be forgotten, as he doesn’t even merit an entry on … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Song of Achilles

It’s Easter Sunday, and I don’t know, is it only me for whom a review of a book about the Trojan War seems perfectly suited to an Easter blog post?  The New Testament was written in Greek, after all, and Christianity borrows from gnostic philosophy. … [Read more...]

Sunday Salon: A Shocking Confession about Jane Eyre

Tomorrow the husband and I are off to Baltimore, where I’ll be giving a speech at the closing session of the National Main Street Conference on sociological perspectives on place.  It’ll be very exciting to be back in Baltimore, and look for a report … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

This novel by Margot Livesy has been on my to-read list for so long that I had forgotten why I was so excited to read it in the first place.  I vaguely remembered it was in the category of those “modern day adaptation” novels, and thought it was a … [Read more...]

Literary Blog Hop: The Importance of Reading

This week’s literary blog hop from the folks at The Blue Bookcase asks:How do you find time to read, what's your reading style, and where do you think reading literature should rank in society's priorities?I get asked the first part of this question … [Read more...]

Twofer Mystery Review: 1222 and Cold Dish

After a couple months of very intense fantasy reading, I picked up a couple mysteries for a change of pace.  A friend recommended Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series and I’ve had 1222 by Anne Holt on my to-read list for a while.  In some ways, you’d … [Read more...]