Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo da Vinci joins the ranks of Walter Isaacson’s other Great Men – Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, and Benjamin Franklin – in this meaty 2017 biography of the eponymous Renaissance Man. Isaacson’s core thesis is that Leonardo’s ability to combine imagination and science is what galvanized his genius. Like most other people in … More Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the result of the successful marriage of insightful and engaging thriller with cozy mystery. Ware fills all of her novels with vibrant, relatable characters — even if they aren’t always likable. Orphaned Henrietta – Hal – Westaway is both relatable and heartbreakingly likable as she struggles to cope with her mother’s death. We … More The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

A Book Club of One

There are two topics about which I often wish I knew more: feminism and capitalism. I read a lot and I want to start a book club with myself. I’m a feminist and have a grasp of feminist history, lite. I’m familiar with the names de Beauvoir, Lorde, and I know ‘bell hooks’ isn’t capitalized, … More A Book Club of One

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven (and a Half) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is written as part cautionary tale and part whodunit. Upon reflection, I think the book was organized purposefully: confusing and a bit dense at the beginning, it’s hard for the reader to get a grasp on the story, much like it is hard for the first … More The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I read The Underground Railroad in the spring before the author, Colson Whitehead, visited my library for an author talk. Whitehead was booked to speak for our library almost a year before his book won both the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award, the first book to win both in the … More Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert is a talented author: she wrote a book with an extremely unclear plot, but one which I was compelled to finish to the 523rd page. The Signature of All Things is largely the life-long story of Alma Whittaker, the fictitious daughter of a fictitious upstart businessman who made his somewhat unscrupulous fortune through … More Book Review: The Signature of All Things