Shipwreck, survival and faith all in one novel
Novels that touch on faith and God have long intrigued me.
Off to the beach with “Shrimp Highway”
Too much time has passed since I last visited the coast.
I don’t get it: A Review of ‘The Ballad of Laurel Springs’
Sometimes a book I’ve read, particularly a novel, will leave me mystified, which is not always a good thing.
A quick review and a word of gratitude
Recently in this space I reviewed “The Broken Spine” by Dorothy St. James, a murder mystery set in a small town in South Carolina. At one point, I described the novel as “a perfect book for an escape from the trials of the day or for that trip to the beach.”
‘The Broken Spine’ and ‘The Dead Beat’
Cypress, South Carolina is a moderately-sized town surrounded by farms where neighbors know one another and the pace of life is low-key.
But that is about to change.
Medicine for the soul: reading Roger Scruton
So why take a look here at two books by a philosopher and polymath, neither of which may appeal to a broad audience?
One long, one short: ‘The Book of Candlelight’ and ‘Human Smoke’
Some men pick up a copy of Ellery Adams’ “The Book of Candlelight: A Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novel” (Kensington Publishing Corp., 2020, 320 pages) might read the blurb, flip through a few pages, and return the novel to its shelf, judging it a chick-lit book and unworthy of their attention.
Summer’s coming, and it’s time for some fun!
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….” So begins one of the George Gershwin’s greatest songs, an aria in “Porgy and Bess” reproduced by scores of musicians ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Willie Nelson to Norah Jones.
Good book, bad ending: ‘A Stolen Focus’
Sucker-punched. That’s how I felt when I finished reading Johann Hari’s “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention — and How to Think Deeply Again” (Crown Publishers, 2022, 368 pages).
National Poetry Month: Honor our poets by listening
What month other than April could possibly be designated National Poetry Month?