Monthly Archives: July 2018

A golden cage is still a cage. “Circe” by Madeline Miller

Yet another book that I probably would not have read if it hadn’t been recommended and eloquently reviewed by fellow Cannonballers.  I took a Greek and Roman mythology course in college a million years ago and, sadly, very little of … Continue reading

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An Engineer is no match for a Historian with his dander up! “Mortal Engines” Philip Reeve

This is a book that has lurked on the edges of my “I should add this to my TBR pile” mental list but somehow never made it on. I saw the trailer for the upcoming film version of it and … Continue reading

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All couples start off as Romeo and Juliet and end up as Laurel and Hardy. “My Ex-Life” by Stephen McCauley

This book was selected by my book club. I’m not sure that it would have been one that I picked up on my own, but I enjoyed it. It’s an interesting exploration of how we connect and disconnect with the … Continue reading

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.. the good Lord went to ridiculous lengths to make sure that one of the finest minds in existence was housed in a body least likely to be suspected of it. “A Study in Scarlet Women” by Sherry Thomas

This wasn’t on my radar at all until  CBR folks started reviewing The Lady Sherlock Series.  Thanks! I have zero knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes novels aside from how they are interpreted or reinvented by television and film. At some … Continue reading

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If you invented modern fame from scratch, now, and told people what it would consist of, they would think you were crackers. “How To Be Famous” by Caitlin Moran

This follow-up to “How to Build a Girl” is a funny,  frank and tender look at a young woman coming into her own. Having “built the girl”, Johanna is now living alone in London, at 18, and writing for a … Continue reading

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Trees did not talk back, or willfully disobey, or laugh at him. They were not here to torment him; indeed, they were not here for him at all. “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier

I enjoy reading fiction that has to do in some way with horticulture or nature. Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and Prodigal Summer are two of my favorites. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall and The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin are also … Continue reading

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