Category Archives: Reviews

The Downhill Slide: Two Literary Biographies

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay Literary biography can be such a depressing genre, although I read it, I realize, to feel vicariously alive, to really … Continue reading

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Review: Paul McCartney, The Life by Philip Norman

Paul McCartney, The Life. Philip Norman. Kindle Edition, 2016, $15.99 I loved Philip Norman’s revealing biography of John Lennon. This hefty volume doesn’t quite match up, but that may not be Norman’s fault. McCartney has lived 36 years longer than … Continue reading

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Review: Lust & Wonder, A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Oscar Wilde once famously said that all women become like their mothers; that’s their tragedy. He added, “No man does. That’s his.” Wilde was implying that all men become like their fathers. The fact is, the last book I read … Continue reading

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Predicted Golden Globe Winners

Originally posted on L.R. Albright:
Best Picture – Drama Spotlight Carol Mad Max: Fury Road Room The Revenant It seems that Spotlight is the front-runner this season, though in my eyes, it’s a weak one. It’s possible that any of the…

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New Year; A Look Back at Reading

Well, it’s January 1, and last year was so busy with both writing and editing work that I didn’t get to tend to this blog as much as I should have. So here’s a little recap. Thinking back to the … Continue reading

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Elsie Street by Gabriella West: A Book Review

My friend and fellow writer Shannon Yarbrough posted a glowing review of my new novel Elsie Street on his blog today. I thought I’d share! The book can be found only on Amazon right now (and is free for Kindle … Continue reading

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Review: On the Move, A Life by Oliver Sacks

When I first got acquainted with the neurologist Oliver Sacks and his work, it was through Awakenings, both the book and the movie. I was a young woman then and Oliver Sacks was someone to look up to. He also … Continue reading

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Review: A Long Way from Paris

With the arrival of spring comes thoughts of greenery, young animals, travel, and so on. Not long ago, I happened to stumble on a memoir by an unfamiliar writer, E.C. Murray, called A Long Way from Paris and loaded it on my Kindle. … Continue reading

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You Can’t See The Interview, But I Did

Originally posted on TIME:
A decade ago, when Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team America: World Police made mock of Kim Jung Il, the North Korean regime didn’t threaten retaliation — maybe because Kim, like all the other people in…

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Review: The Goldfinch

Ah, The Goldfinch… This has to be one of the books I waited the longest to read. Got it on my Kindle when it first came out, was a bit put off by the hype, started plowing into the initial … Continue reading

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