Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Métis Beach by Claudine Bourbonnais

Métis Beach is parenthesized by the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, American wars that dramatically affect the life of our protagonist and narrator Romain Carrier, a successful Hollywood screenwriter who has returned to his home in Métis Beach, a village... Continue Reading →

A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem

If I did not add one more book to my list of books I want to borrow from the library, I think I could get through it in two years or so if I really try. Nonetheless, I am always eager to... Continue Reading →

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 is a suspenseful thriller in the amateur accidentally stumbles on a murder or conspiracy tradition. Laura "Call me Lo" Blacklock is a travel writer for a magazine who landed a career-booting opportunity to enjoy the inaugural voyage of the Aurora,... Continue Reading →

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is, on the surface, the story of Eva Thorvald, but it is so much more. Each chapter tells the story of people who are linked to Eva in one way or another. It opens with Lutefisk,... Continue Reading →

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. That is certain true of The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church. The moment I saw the cover with its stunning Periodic Table of the Birds, I was hooked. The... Continue Reading →

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

Journalists try not to become part of the stories they cover. That choice was taken from Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery when police arrested him and Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly as they worked on their stories at the McDonald's in Ferguson... Continue Reading →

¡Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy

Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn and Jody Eddy made three trips to Cuba to do the research, cooking and photos for their cookbook ¡Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen. They planned to focus on the paladores, underground kitchens using bootleg... Continue Reading →

Culdesac by Robert Repino

Culdesac is a sequel to the thrilling and powerful Mort(e) that I read earlier this year. I loved Mort(e) and was so excited to read this second story in the revolution of the animals against humanity. Culdesac is the bobcat who leads... Continue Reading →

The End of FUN by Sean McGinty

When The End of FUN begins, Aaron O'Faolin is applying to terminate his contract. It is not an easy process and to do so, he has to provide his user history. That history, to our delight, is this book, the first... Continue Reading →

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

Trainwreck is one of those books that made me squirm as I recognized myself, and not on the side of the angels. I am not obsessed with celebrities and am happy to enjoy their work without knowing how they butter their... Continue Reading →

In the Country of the Blind by Edward Hoagland

In the Country of the Blind tells the story of Press, a man who has lost a lot. He lost his sight to a degenerative disease, and his losses accumulated, his job, then his wife and children as she tossed... Continue Reading →

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

The German Girl tells the story of two brave young girls, Hannah of 1939 German and Anna of 2014 New York. Hannah, her parents, and her best friend Leo board the infamous St. Louis, the forlorn ship of Jewish refugees that sailed... Continue Reading →

Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay

Curated playlists on iTunes that focus on a specific artist or genre are generally organized into Essentials, Next Steps and Deep Cuts. If you were to organize classic British mysteries, the Poisoned Pen Press British Library Crime Classics are the Deep Cuts. There... Continue Reading →

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

My friend Alicia mentioned I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh the other day, saying those magic words that push a book to the top of my list. "I realized I was only 40% done. And then the story took a... Continue Reading →

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

I am generally more fascinated by books about physics than biology, but Ed Yong's I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Is and a Grander View of Life sounded fascinating, so I decided to give it a shot. It lived up to my... Continue Reading →

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