August 9, 2018

Nancy Pearl Writes a Novel, Among Other Things

Fair warning: Nancy and I have been friends for 35 years, give or take. If you think that will influence my remarks about George & Lizzie, you’re right. Without a doubt.

In the late 1980s, I worked with Nancy in a Tulsa bookstore. She was the impressive manager who knew each book right down to the cover’s typeface and color. I...

May 21, 2018

A good friend shows her feelings about the insane rise in the number of memoirs coming out each month by calling them “me mores.”

I can’t say that I disagree with her, either. Every day, it seems, another new memoir arrives in the mail for review. I am both very dutiful and respectful of the amount of time and effort that goes into writing a book) and begin most of them b...

March 4, 2018

I’ve just recently begun pulling together all the various quotations about books and reading that I’ve collected over the years.  Here are a few of my favorites; if you have any quotations that you’ve found and particularly like, I’d love to see them. You can send them to me at

Entry #2 - Jenny McPhee. No Ordinary Matter

"Maybe everybody is a novel…I r...

February 7, 2018

Some of my most beloved books are by Georgette Heyer. Most readers discover her in their teens, often because their grandmother or mother recommends them. Not me - I didn’t read any of Heyer’s Regency romances until I was an adult. I wish I could remember why I picked one up, or who told me about them, but I’ve never been able to dredge that information up out of my mind...

January 4, 2018

Every once in a while, I run across a book that has such wide appeal that I can easily imagine giving copies to nearly everyone on my gift list.  One such book—and my favorite work of non-fiction this year—is The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal.  The author, a potter and curator of ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum, conte...

December 16, 2017

The thought of interviewing Tom Hanks in front of an audience of more than 2,000 fans of his had never entered my mind - and believe me, much of the activity of my mind consists of an ongoing series of “what ifs.”  So when Ruth Dickey, executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, asked me if I would be interested in emailing Hanks about his recently published collectio...

November 27, 2017

Oh my, it’s hard to describe how happy it makes me to find a novel like The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker (Algonquin, 2011) in my piles of books to be read.  It doesn’t happen often; and when it does, it’s transporting. Once I read the first paragraph or two, I found it all but impossible to put down. Parker’s novel takes flight from the two historical facts...

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