Throw This Book Away

Throw This Book Away

Rating:  Time to toss your copy of Zeitoun in your curbside recycling bin; it can land on top of Three Cups of Tea in the corner of the bin reserved for books that don’t even deserve donation to a library because they turned out to be dishonest accounts...
Citrus County

Citrus County

Rating:  Citrus County, by John Brandon. McSweeney’s (2011), 216 pages. Reviewed by Donna I happened to read this book immediately following The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, although they were published two years apart. They are interestingly similar: both...
The Snow Child

The Snow Child

Rating:  The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. Little, Brown and Company (2012), 386 pages. Easily the best book I’ve read in the last fourteen months. It has everything: Russian fairy tales, pioneer homesteaders, a lost child, a red fox, Alaskan wilderness, an...
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

Rating:  The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant. Penguin (2009), 304 pages. Back-cover reviews describe this as “atmospheric” and a “modern fairy tale,” words that fail to convey that the last quarter of the book is actually a bona fide horror...
The Invisible Mountain

The Invisible Mountain

Rating:   The Invisible Mountain, by Carolina De Robertis. Vintage Books (2009), 424 pages. This is a book that will make you want to fly to Uruguay and walk the streets of the first village you come to, knocking on doors and asking if you might come in to...
The Family Fang

The Family Fang

Rating:  The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson. Ecco (2011), 309 pages. I normally go out of my way to avoid books described as “kooky” (second only to “wacky” in the category of descriptors that make me cringe) which is why, when I read...