A Literary Banquet

These days, Thanksgiving sometimes seems to be “That Holiday between Halloween and Christmas.” Or “The Day before Black Friday”- although a number of stores have decided Friday begins on Thursday. Or “The Day of the Macy’s Parade, followed by Endless Football.” Or “The Best Meal of the Year,” when we reach for our chubby-faced Pilgrim […]

Capturing Stories of the Past… from Those Who Have the Most to Share

Throughout my adolescent years, I was ‘forced’ to make weekly trips to visit my grandparents just like so many other close-knit families of that day. The adults would talk, laugh and bicker, and then we would all eat dinner around the small kitchen table. As I grew older, and more insolent I’ll admit, I became […]

Lynn Cullen Discusses Twain’s End: The Man Behind the Mask, Part II

On October 13th, Lynn Cullen launched her ambitious new novel, Twain’s End. It examines the complicated last years of the most popular man in America–Mark Twain–and the even more complex life of Samuel Clemens, the flesh and blood man behind that pseudonymous mask. Yesterday, in the first of this two-part interview, I asked Cullen how her research on this […]

Lynn Cullen Discusses Twain’s End: The Man Behind the Mask, Part I

(Last week, Brenda Lloyd reviewed Lynn Cullen’s latest novel, Twain’s End. If you missed this review, you can read it by clicking here. If you know Cullen only from Mrs. Poe,  you can learn more in my earlier interview, linked here.) Just a little over two years ago, Lynn Cullen published Mrs. Poe, her story […]

Twain’s End: Samuel Clemens the Man vs. Mark Twain the Legend

In Lynn Cullen’s latest novel, Twain’s End, Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, comes across as a cantankerous, controlling, capricious, and arrogant old man – at least around those closest to him. What a blow! In his day, he was the most famous man in America because of his stories and his quick wit. […]

A Boy with No History: A Review of Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

“When you share stories you change things.”  Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese is a novel that is all about stories. Wagamese takes us to the wilds of British Columbia sometime around the turn of the 21st century, and to an Ojibway family. A 16 year old boy desperately needs to hear his father’s stories, and […]

Light of the World: A Memoir of Loss and Continuing Love

This amazing memoir begins with tragedy—Ficre Ghebreyesus, husband of renowned poet Elizabeth Alexander, dies suddenly of a massive heart attack while on a treadmill at their home just four days after his 50th birthday party.  Although it may be categorized as a “grief memoir,” Light of the World is not a book that dwells solely on the […]