Christmas time is a time of gifting, and what better gift than a good book? I have a few to recommend that will have you all feeling loosy goosy with exciting literary promise. This delightful mystery is spiced with haute cuisine, professional football, a cadre of gorgeous and impossibly limber ballerinas, sailboats, manic depressives and … Continue reading Read It! Wrap It! Gift It! The Book Blog Hop
I found this story after reading about a woman in Afghanistan executed by the Taliban over some trumped up story of adultery. This one is a story about survival. Worth watching. CNN: Saving Aesha Continue reading Aesha’s Story
What are the best books for students of fiction? I’ve been a student of fiction for the last twenty years. I’ve read a lot of books, interviews and essays about the craft of fiction, some as ancient as Aristotle’s Poetics, which still features on the top list of all the recommended readings for aspiring writers, … Continue reading Best Books For Teaching and Learning Story
I came across a film on Netflix titled Agora. Because I’m doing a lot of research on the ancient world, I thought it might be interesting to watch. The film was about a woman philosopher, astronomer and mathematician living in Alexandria, Egypt in 400 A.D. Her name is Hypatia. She lived right at the time … Continue reading Inquiry Is Not An Enemy of Faith
> Happy Valentine’s Day! As I’ve been reminding everyone, nothing says love like a nice crime fiction novel — or in this case, story collection. Because as everybody knows, Love and Death walk hand in hand through this world. The well-muscled human heart is capable of reddish deeds both glorious and horrific, that’s for certain, … Continue reading >Tina’s Review of The Best American Mystery Stories 2010, Edited by Lee Child
>If you’re looking for some books to really sink your teeth into, try these recommended by my favorite ABD. She will explain why:I have no time for fun reading, but with the justification that they are “postcolionial” in nature, I reread Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North and J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for … Continue reading >What you should be reading….
>As the new year begins, I find myself hard at work promoting the book that’s coming out (February 1st! OMG!) and writing the book that my editor wants to see a hundred pages for (another OMG). So my To-Be-Read pile of books is nearing skyscraper proportions, and it’s not looking to be reduced anytime soon. … Continue reading >Tina’s Review of The Science Tarot by Logan Austeja Daniel, Martin Azevedo, and Raven Hanna