Vicarious Living

Most of us have experienced reading a seminal book in a genre previously unknown to us and discovering a new world.  In 1972 while waiting for my father to finish a meeting with a client, I had picked up a bestseller, Working, by Studs Terkel.  Up until that book, I read fiction for pleasure and […]

Freshly Baked Books: A Mystery Lover’s Look at Darkness Knows Me by Chrinda Jones

I have not kept a running list of all the mysteries I have read—hundreds and hundreds, to be sure, but every time I begin a new one, there is an indefinable “something” that makes me want to continue reading. In Chrinda Jones’ debut crime novel Darkness Knows Me, that something had me punching the Kindle’s […]

Navigating the Blogosphere

Probably the first time most of us heard the word blog was in the book  Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, a cooking memoir in which Powell recounts her year of attempting each recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  The daily web log (blog) she wrote, she discovered well into her […]

Labor Day Weekend 2013: The 8th Annual Decatur Book Festival

Looking for something different to do this Labor Day weekend? If you live within driving distance of Atlanta, consider the AJC Decatur Book Festival, August 30th-September 1st. Now in its eighth year, the festival is the largest independent book festival in the US and the fifth largest overall. It features signings, author readings, panel discussions, […]

Not Your Mama’s Karaoke

First, I should probably say, Adventures of the Karaoke King was not at all what I expected it to be. I should also say that’s not a bad thing.  I’m not sure what I expected from Harold Taw’s debut novel, but it wasn’t the rollercoaster ride Guy Watanabe’s life turns into after he wins the coveted […]

Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Land

My trip to the Southwest this summer took me to the Navajo Nation, where mystery writer Tony Hillerman set his Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee books. I saw first-hand the sculpted landscape and the people that make his novels so engaging for me. Tony Hillerman, who died in 2008, wrote 18 books in the popular Navajo mystery […]