“My Famous Brain” by Diane Wald

“My Famous Brain” by Diane Wald introduces readers to Jack MacLeod and his ability to memorize books, not just passages, but actual full-length books. However, his brain is also the part of his body that failed him the most. “My Famous Brain” tells Jack’s adult life from a different point of view-mostly from after his death. … More “My Famous Brain” by Diane Wald

“Dogs Don’t Cook” by Catherine Alexander

“Dogs Don’t Cook” by Catherine Alexander is a fresh take on life well past the Vietnam war, the toll it’s had on veterans, and the cost that has come from both the health hazards and the drinking. And yet, there is still beauty. Beauty in how life can turn around when just one person believes in you and takes you under their wing. … More “Dogs Don’t Cook” by Catherine Alexander

“All Our Yesterdays” by Forest Bowman

All Our Yesterdays: A Tale of Cunning & Grit Forest BowmanIndependently Published (2021)ISBN: 978-1639012701Reviewed by Ashley Hooker for Reader Views (06/2022) Forest Bowman has written a tale that could only be told from the mountains of West Virginia. I am not a native West Virginian, but I do live in this majestic state. I have … More “All Our Yesterdays” by Forest Bowman

“Immortal North: A Novel” by Tom Stewart

Author Tom Stewart grasps, understands and captures nature, particularly the northern forests in Canada, in ways no one else can. His detail and imagery are unmatched. I can feel the chill in my bones, the silence in my head, and the hunt in my bones. This is unsurprising as he has worked across the North as a fishing and hunting guide himself. Flying as a bush pilot, working as an oil-rig roughneck, and even backpacking through the offseason, his experience lends well to crafting such an immersive read. … More “Immortal North: A Novel” by Tom Stewart

“When Life Was Like a Cucumber” by Greg Wyss

“When Life Was Like a Cucumber,” is a huge novel to read. The protagonist pulls readers along on his often misadventures around the United States and other parts of the world. The author Greg Wyss has created an interesting story that leaves the reader feeling like they are reading someone’s autobiography, rather than a fictional account of a hippy’s life in the early 70s. … More “When Life Was Like a Cucumber” by Greg Wyss

“Book Endings” by Syntell Smith

“Book Endings – A Call Numbers novel: Loss, Pain, and Revelations,” is the second book in the Call Numbers series, following “Call Numbers: The Not So Quiet Life of Librarians.”

Not having read the first book in the series, I can confidently note that it stands well on its own, although I do find myself curious about what happened prior to this one. There are frequent references to past events involving most of the same characters. In this series, there are a multitude of characters to track. The author provides a helpful list, at the beginning, that lets us know who the characters are, and he familiarizes readers with common library terms.

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“Prophecy of Love” by T. Satterfield

It’s winter solstice—the darkest day of the year—and Gabe is having a dreadful day. He has realized there’s a stain on his bedroom ceiling; his ex is standing him up again and he cracked his phone screen when hanging up on her after screaming at her in frustration. The big meeting at work has been moved up, and he’s spilled water all over. He realizes his pants don’t even match his jacket, and he’s sweaty and smelly with stress. Just as it looks like things can’t get any worse, he accidently slams a door into his boss’s nose. All he can think about is how he just wants to feel loved; he just wants to feel like he matters to somebody. Anybody. … More “Prophecy of Love” by T. Satterfield