Category: Review

  • And So It Goes; Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

    A trademark of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction is his use of authorial intrusions, often blurring the boundaries of fiction and autobiography. In his iconic Slaughterhouse-Five, for example, describing the toilet in the prisoner of war camp in Germany, Vonnegut writes: “An American near Billy wailed that he had excreted everything but his brains.”

  • I married you for happiness

    The starting point for I married you for happiness is Nina’s calls for her husband Philip to come to dinner, only to realize that he is not going to awaken from his nap. Her first decision is that she will not give her adult daughter the sad news until morning, and her second is that she will spend one last night with her husband before she notifies anyone.

  • A Review: “Seeds”

    During spring break of 2001 when teacher/writer Richard Horan set out from his home in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters for a vacation along the Gulf Coast, he had given no thought to collecting tree seeds, much less writing a book about the project.

  • “The Paris Wife”

    Ernest Hemingway was a man’s man, glorying in those things male: fishing, hunting, fighting bulls, going to war, and enjoying fleeting love.

  • A Review: “You Know When the Men Are Gone”

    Changing the channel and forgetting the war in the Mideast has been easy for many of us because a volunteer army has limited its personal impact on society. Slap a “Support Our Troops” magnet on the rear of our SUV, and we feel we’ve done our part for the war effort.

  • Noteworthy Read: “Non-Violence: The History of a Dangerous Idea”

    War and violence have been an integral, almost constant part of the world’s history; in fact, in Mark Kurlansky’s book Non-Violence: The History of a Dangerous Idea, he states that philosophers Will and Ariel Durant determined in 1968 “that of the previous 3,421 years, only 268 had been without war.”

  • A Review – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

    Stieg Larsson’s life was made of the same dramatic stuff that fills his fiction. Because the Swedish journalist and editor opposed antidemocratic, rightwing extremist and neo-Nazi ideologies, he routinely received death threats. He could not marry his partner because marriage to her would have made his address public and increased his vulnerability. And during his […]

  • Rearview Sunset- A Review

    In his first novel, Rearview Sunset, author Brett Champan tells the story of Beau Jamison, a man on a journey to reflect on his life and all of the events that led him to where his is now and how they shaped him to be the man he is. His journey is filled with happiness, […]

  • Laura Rider’s Masterpiece: A Review

    Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton’s novel A Map of the World (1994) made a huge splash in the literary world when it was published. This story of a school nurse falsely accused of child molestation was painfully compelling to read. Both this work and her earlier success The Book of Ruth (1988) won a number of […]

  • Every Last One – A Review

    Anna Quindlen has a devoted following of readers, not only because of five best-selling novels, but also books of nonfiction, columns in both the New York Times and Newsweek, and movies based on her fiction.

  • Home Coming – A Novel – By Rosemary Hintz

    In the follow up to her first novel, Return to Sawyer School, Rosemary Hintz delivers yet another captivating novel about growing up during the war years of the 1940s in Home Coming.

  • I Thought You Were Dead

    Reading Pete Nelson’s novel I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story was a guilty pleasure, like eating a tater tot casserole or listening to country music.

  • A Review

     For so many of us, our most indelible memories are those we have of our childhood homes and neighborhoods.

  • H.C.’s Quick Books

    If you haven’t read this book and absolutely intend to do so, stop here. If you think you ought to read it but keep putting it off, continue with this review; your intuition is telling you something.

  • Vermeer’s World

    In Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World Timothy Brook presents a new vision of this great painter’s art.

  • A Review: Door County’s Islands

    The string of very good Burton books remains unbroken. It continues intact with Door County’s Islands, the fifth contribution to the Door County bookshelf from this prolific husband and wife writing team.

  • Book Reviews

    In the last year we have had a group of quality writers contributing reviews for publication in the literature section.

  • A Review – Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius

    What, exactly, were you thinking? Obviously, not the right thing, that’s for sure.

  • A Review: War Dances

    You know you shouldn’t have done it. It wasn’t a good idea, right from the get-go, but you couldn’t help yourself.

  • A Review of Door County’s Islands

    The string of very good Burton books remains unbroken. It continues intact with Door County’s Islands, the fifth contribution to the Door County bookshelf from this prolific husband and wife writing team.