Murder, Glamour, and #MeToo, 1940s-Style: Dread Journey by Dorothy B. Hughes

Although I am a big fan of mystery novels, I have read very little in the way of noir. I am ever so slowly remedying that, and thus far can count The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, and, now, Dread Journey by Dorothy B. Hughes, as under my … Continue reading Murder, Glamour, and #MeToo, 1940s-Style: Dread Journey by Dorothy B. Hughes

The Tall Tales Now that We Told by the Fire: Christmas Reads 2020

As I write this, the rain outside has turned to snow, the wood stove is glowing with warmth beside me, and I have a little striped cat stretched out on my lap in contentment. It is Christmas Eve day, and although in many ways this is a strange and sad holiday, I also have lots … Continue reading The Tall Tales Now that We Told by the Fire: Christmas Reads 2020

Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollée (plus a bit of a rant)

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J. Sollée is a book with a solid premise at its core. It explores the history of women who have been (at times literally) demonized and persecuted, and draws parallels between the medieval and puritanical witch hunts; the women who in the early 20th century fought … Continue reading Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollée (plus a bit of a rant)

A Different Way of Connecting with the World: Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Do you ever read a book, and think to yourself, "I wish I'd written that"? Well, I just finished reading Pond, by Claire-Louise Bennett, and it was absolutely everything I've ever wanted in a book. That is what writing is about for me, too, tapping into a sense of being, a magic rather than logic." … Continue reading A Different Way of Connecting with the World: Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Culture-Making, Dirty Dancing, and #MeToo: Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare

Well, here I am writing another post about another brand new book, in spite of my previous assertion that is something I rarely do. But sometimes you go where the wind blows, and this October it floated me over to Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare. I am a big fan of … Continue reading Culture-Making, Dirty Dancing, and #MeToo: Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare