Tag Archives: Book reviews

The Devil Walks in Mattingly – Q&A with Billy Coffey

We’re back! My book has now gone to the printer (much more on that to come), so I am able to resurrect my blog in the best way possible, by talking about a terrific new book. Billy Coffey has just … Continue reading

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When Mockingbirds Sing – A Chat with Billy Coffey

Oh, this is EXCITING. With each novel Billly Coffey has released, his writing and story-telling skills have taken a quantum leap upwards. When Mockingbirds Sing, his brand-new book, is the kind of fiction I wish all Christian novelists were producing. … Continue reading


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Ebert, Art, and Life after Death

The great writer Roger Ebert died yesterday, and the news made me cry. Not as soon as I read it but an hour later, when I was driving to the bookstore (hurrying, since I had only a short while before … Continue reading

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Gay Writes

America lost a national treasure on Thursday, when the brilliant writer William Gay died of heart failure at the age of 68. I’d never heard of Gay before I picked up the 2007 edition of The Best American Short Stories, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know How She Does It

We need to talk about Alice Munro. Oh, how we need to talk about Alice. On most subjects, it is difficult for me to pin down my “favorite” thing: meal, drink, movie, color – there are just too many different … Continue reading

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Objects in the Mirror…

It goes far beyond the familiar warning about objects in our rearview mirrors, by now. I hate to tell you this, but all sorts of objects, everywhere, might not be anything like they appear. I’ve been reading a book that … Continue reading

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Dan Simmons Is A Stud

“Dan Simmons is a stud.” So said my high-school-English-teacher brother, after a friend had recommended one of Simmons’ books to me. My brother was referring (I would soon find out) to Simmons’ writing abilities and to his raging intellect. Before … Continue reading

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Piano Lessons

Classification: Non-fiction My littlest and I were at the library for story time last Wednesday, and I had to return a movie, and the drop slots are right there by the “used books for sale” shelves, so it’s really not … Continue reading

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Writing that rocks – Unbroken

Classification: Non-fiction I can’t afford to buy brand-new books these days, and certainly not hardcovers (unless Alice Munro publishes a new book, in which case I am at the bookstore the day it is released.) But I made an exception … Continue reading

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Writing that rocks – A Fine Balance

Oprah and I have a bit of a checkered past. I mean, no, we don’t technically have a relationship. If we did, I probably wouldn’t be hanging out on Twitter, or blogging. I’d probably be filming road trips with her … Continue reading

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