The Mirrored World – A Review

The Mirrored World, by Debra Dean, is a dense and ornate historical glimpse into the lives of nobility in St. Petersburg’s Russia in the 1700s. Through an old woman’s memories, we look at the lush, over-the-top, and frequently absurd social conventions of the royal court where cruelty and manipulations are disguised behind elegant facades. Strict rules … Continue reading The Mirrored World – A Review

A Gentleman in Moscow – A Review

It’s been three decades since I last read Russian literature: Anna Karinena, The Brothers Karamozov, The Cherry Orchard, War and Peace. I was also enamored by the majesty and tragedy of Nicholas and Alexandra’s story. There was, then, something very intriguing about Russian history. Perhaps my reading was to put a humane face on the … Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow – A Review

The Handmaiden’s Tale – A review

This distopian tale is an unsatisfying story. I feel as though I’ve been preached to, without a solution offered or any redemption possible. Society’s downfall is brought about by the excesses of modern living in America: nuclear waste, consumerism, freedoms, literacy, contraceptive use by the white population, insecticides, abortion issues, biological hazards, and Playboy bunnies. … Continue reading The Handmaiden’s Tale – A review

Review: The Shoemaker’s Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Triogi If you’re of Italian descent, you’ll love The Shoemaker’s Wife. If your ancestors came over as immigrants, you’ll enjoy the story. If you love opera, you’ll get a thrill. If none of the above, you’ll still learn a lot. This historical novel, based somewhat on the author’s own family, … Continue reading Review: The Shoemaker’s Wife

Review: The Green Tunnel

The Green Tunnel-An Appalachian Trail Diary was a great adventure. I love backpacking and have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, but most likely never will, certainly not the entire route as the author did. His account of his months on the trail is the closest I’ll ever get to that accomplishment. Patrick Bredlau’s … Continue reading Review: The Green Tunnel