The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has a lot in common with Killers of the Flower Moon.  Both are fascinating pieces of on-the-ground journalism about events that happened decades ago;  both Grann and Skloot worked extensively with living family members of the people involved, and helped solved mysteries the family members never had answers to.  … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

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Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)

How do you review a book when you don’t want your audience to know the most important parts of the story before they read it?  Because this is what Rebecca has done to me.  It isn't technically a mystery, but the spoilers would be so catastrophic it might as well be.  Dammit, book, you’re so … Continue reading Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

I read Geraldine Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing a few months ago, and loved it. After that, I discovered Brooks had a number of other novels, most of which sounded equally fascinating, and decided to start with Year of Wonders. It’s also set in the 17th century, but that wasn’t the reason. Rather, Year of Wonders … Continue reading Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

The Sabbath in Puritan New England (Alice Morse Earle)

If you ever go looking for reading material about New England history, Alice Morse Earle will eventually come up. I didn’t know initially whether this was due to her merit as a historian, or just nostalgia for old books. The Sabbath in Puritan New England was first published in 1891, and while the old-fashioned writing … Continue reading The Sabbath in Puritan New England (Alice Morse Earle)