Cover: The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Review: The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell Timber Press, 2017. Hardcover, 390 pages. With accurate and often vivid descriptions, McDowell recreated the places where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and that readers know from the Little House books.  In the first part of the book,…

Review: Many Sparrows

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton Waterbrook Press, 2017.  Trade paperback, 400 pages. Clare Inglesby and her family have left Virginia to travel to Kentucky in the year before the American Revolution begins.  En route, the wagon breaks down and her husband, Phillip, leaves his family to seek help and never returns.  Things go from bad…

Cover: Knoll

Review: Knoll

Knoll by Stephen Hillard SelectBooks, 2017.  Hardcover, 256 pages. Knoll is a novel that reexamines the John F. Kennedy assassination in a more contemporary context.  There are two different modern storylines.  The more cryptic and shorter one is that of Banner McCoy, a NSA agent who discovered her project is meant to destroy anyone remotely…

Review: The Last Days of Night

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore Random House, 2016. Hardcover, 368 pages. I remember hearing about the battle over electricity back in my high school science classes.  It came up more than once.  Later, when visiting Niagara Falls, it was touched on again thanks to the statue of Nikola Tesla erected on the…

Cover: Quiet Until the Thaw

Review: Quiet Until the Thaw

Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller Penguin Press, 2017.  Hardcover, 288 pages. Quiet Until the Thaw is the debut novel by Alexandra Fuller, an author known for her memoirs. It tells the story of two Lakota Oglala Sioux cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Chose Watson.  Though linked from birth and their shared experience…

Isolation, Part Deux

Back at the end of 2015 and start of 2016, my little part of the Midwest was majorly flooded out.  Well, April into May, it happened again.  So like in my previous post on the topic, entitled Isolation (and thus the inspiration for the title of this post), many roads were flooded out, including many…