Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Scion of the Fox by S. M. Beiko

Scion of the Fox is the story of Roan Harken, a high school student in Winnipeg, who lives with her uncle and aunt in her grandmother's house after her parents died in a car accident. Suddenly all sorts of odd... Continue Reading →

Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo

Swede Hollow tells the story of a Swedish immigrant family, Gustaf and Anna Klar, their three children, and successive generations. It begins in Liverpool where the family traveled from Göteborg before boarding a White Star Line ship to New York... Continue Reading →

Honey by Brenda Brooks

Honey is a psychological thriller that begins after Nicole Hewett's parents were in a car crash that killed her father and left her mother in a coma. Nic is off-balance, alone, and vulnerable, but then her childhood friend Honey comes... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is an enjoyable mystery, the first of what I hope will be a series featuring the stubborn researcher Tuesday Mooney. Mooney is a character after my own heart, prickly, solitary, and brilliant. She works as... Continue Reading →

Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

Make It Scream, Make It Burn is a collection of essays by Leslie Jamison, a journalist with The Atlantic, one of America's oldest and most respected magazines. She arranged her essays from the outside in, so to speak. The first section of... Continue Reading →

Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel

Renia's Diary is a valuable historical document, the diary of a Jewish girl's life under both Soviet and Nazi occupation She was just fourteen when she began writing in her diary where she was very frank about her feelings. Most... Continue Reading →

Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger

Seven Letters is a contemporary romance to warm and break your heart. Kate has a fellowship to travel to Ireland and research the narratives of the women of the Blasket Islands where her recently deceased father came from. The day... Continue Reading →

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

The Topeka School is hard for me to describe as the plot is less important than the characters and how they develop. At the center is Adam, a high school student and debate competitor expected to win the national championship.... Continue Reading →

Whose Water Is It Anyway? by Maude Barlow

Whose Water Is It Anyway?  Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands is a history of the water conservation and justice movement rooted in anti-privatization and a call to worldwide action. It begins with the neoliberal move toward privatizing public services... Continue Reading →

Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates

The morning after her wedding, Abby steps in front of a bus. Was that a moment of distraction or self-destruction? We don't know and neither does her new husband Willem. During her long recovery, Willem probes her nightmares and her... Continue Reading →

No Way to Die by Warren C. Easley

No Way to Die is the seventh in a likable series featuring Oregon lawyer Cal Claxton. In this installment, Cal and his daughter Claire are trout fishing outside Coos Bay, enjoying a father-daughter vacation on the Oregon Coast. Then Claire... Continue Reading →

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is an exciting manifesto to advance women's freedom worldwide. Mona Eltahawy enumerates seven qualities necessary to their liberation, qualities considered the provenance of men and discouraged in women. That's why she calls... Continue Reading →

A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan

A House of Ghosts is a historical mystery taking place during World War I. The charnel house tunnels and trenches on the front are critical to the story which is equal parts espionage mystery and ghost story. Kate Cartwright is... Continue Reading →

Pigs by Johanna Stoberock

Pigs, a new book by Johanna Stoberock, is surely intended to be considered in relation to that other book about feral children on an island with pigs. There are four children on the island with six pigs and all the... Continue Reading →

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer is Ta-Nehisi Coates first novel and utilizes his deep research into slavery that was such a powerful part of his writing for "The Atlantic." It is the story of Hiram Walker, a slave who grows up as... Continue Reading →

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