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Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Far Flung by Cassandra Kircher

Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters is possibly the longest title I have seen since college. There was this one book I read about geography and... Continue Reading →

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Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

Beyond the Point, by Claire Gibson, is a love story, but not the conventional love story encapsulated by the childhood rhyme about a boy and a girl sitting in a tree. It's the love of friendship that waxes and wanes over... Continue Reading →

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted by Robert Hillman

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted begins beautifully with simple prose that reminds me of Kent Haruf's Plainsong. I was in love by the end of the first chapter. Tom Hope is a farmer besotted with his wife Trudy and their child... Continue Reading →

Mr. Finchley Discovers His England by Victor Canning

Mr. Finchley Discovers His England tells the story of how Mr. Finchley discovered himself while on traveling like a will-o-the-wisp through England. Edgar Finchley is an established bachelor clerk whose life has been structured around work and responsibility. But with a... Continue Reading →

Behind Putin’s Curtain by Stephan Orth

Behind Putin's Curtain is a fun, informative travel memoir by Stephan Orth, who wrote Couchsurfing in Iran. Orth uses a few websites to travel cheaply so he can spend several weeks traveling from one end of the country to the other and... Continue Reading →

Houston Noir by Gwendolyn Zepeda

Houston Noir is a great collection of fourteen noir mysteries in the always reliable, always intriguing Akashic Noir series. This collection was edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda who did a bang-up job of selecting writers and encouraging them to great noir. In fact, her selections were... Continue Reading →

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

After Drue loses her mother to cancer and her job to inhumanity, she accepts her estranged father's offer of a job at his law firm. She also learns she has inherited her grandparents' old beach cottage on Sunset Beach where she... Continue Reading →

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman

The Good Immigrant is a collection of twenty-six essays by first and second-generation immigrants about what it is like living and producing their art in a country torn apart by racism and xenophobia. It is a collection of essays by... Continue Reading →

No One Man Should Have All That Power by Amos Barshad

No One Man Should Have All That Power is a headlong race through the history of Rasputinism–the power of being the power behind the "throne" in government, music, film, and sports. Amos Barshad identifies seven principles of a Rasputin. They... Continue Reading →

Pickle’s Progress by Marcia Butler

Pickle's Progress begins with a bang, a literal bang as Stan and Karen McArdle collide with the George Washington Bridge when startled by a young woman on the bridge. They call Stan's brother Pickle, who conveniently for them, is a... Continue Reading →

The Ash Family by Molly Dektar

The Ash Family tells the story of a disaffected young woman who was pressured to go to college who really needed a gap year to figure out what she wanted. She doesn't get on the plane to school and is... Continue Reading →

Bluff by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Bluff is a whydunnit with a bit of howdunnit thrown it. We know whodunnit from the opening scene when "Mad" Maud Warner walks into the Four Seasons and shoots billionaire financier Sun Sunderland, though everyone is certain she was aiming for... Continue Reading →

Desert Redemption by Betty Webb

Desert Redemption is the tenth book in the Lena Jones series of mysteries featuring a Scottsdale private investigator. Lena finds a dead body of an emaciated woman while out riding her horse. She believes it may be linked to a similarly... Continue Reading →

The Belting Inheritance by Julian Symons

The Belting Inheritance is a classic mystery narrated by Christopher, a relatively young man who was perfectly positioned to solve the case. When he was orphaned, he came to live with the Wainwrights, his aunt and adult cousins, her two... Continue Reading →

All Our Trials by Emily L. Thuma

All Our Trials is a history of how the women's anti-violence, anti-racism, feminism, and prison abolition came together in recognition of how these struggles are interdependent. Examples abound of women who have been sentenced to prison for defending themselves from... Continue Reading →

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