A Death by Stephen King

I’ll keep it simple. In a word: ick. Great dialogue though. I liked it. You can find the story of Jim Trusdale, Sheriff Barclay, and the silver dollar in the New Yorker. It’s free. Pair with whiskey. I can’t explain how much I want to try this Root Canal (root beer float with whiskey –Continue reading “A Death by Stephen King”

Fridays at Enrico’s by Don Carpenter

Follow my blog with Bloglovin On the surface, “do what you love, love what you do” is sound advice. After all, Steve Jobs said it. So did Oprah. Even Confucius might have. But if you love it, would it be work? And once it becomes work, would you still love it? I tend to thinkContinue reading “Fridays at Enrico’s by Don Carpenter”

Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard

Tonight Hollywood Foreign Press honored the best of television and film in 2013*. In honor of the Golden Globes, let’s discuss the worst movies ever made – starting with Gigli, moving on to Maid in Manhattan, Anaconda, and What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and ending with Angel Eyes and Enough. What do all ofContinue reading “Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard”

Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III

To quote John Irving*: “Human beings are remarkable – at what we can learn to live with. If we couldn’t get strong from what we lose, and what we miss, and what we want and can’t have, then we couldn’t ever get strong enough, could we?” The crux of Andre Dubus III’s Dirty Love** isContinue reading “Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III”

In Love by Alfred Hayes

Although there are great novelists in every era, the 1950’s had more than its fair share. Steinbeck, Kerouac, Bradbury, and the egocentric Mailer (who I’ll forever remember as the man who can’t say fuck) had all recently published novels that would become highlights of their careers – East of Eden, On the Road, Fahrenheit 451,Continue reading “In Love by Alfred Hayes”

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Teleportation Accident by Ned Bauman

Happy Towel Day, you hoopy froods.* Today is May 25th, also known as Towel Day, or the day where you celebrate the life and work of Douglas Adams. I am not participating; I am spending the day helping people learn to grow plants in a desert. I would rather be carrying a towel. But thenContinue reading “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Teleportation Accident by Ned Bauman”

When Hitchcock Met F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Why yes that is a not so subtle play on When Harry Met Sally, which has nothing to do with this novel whatsoever (except the New York setting). However, Suzanne Rindell’s debut is a pleasant blend of Hitchcockian noir and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby decadence. Set in New York during the 1920’s, complete with speakeasies,Continue reading “When Hitchcock Met F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell”

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

From Goodreads: Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo isContinue reading “The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin”