#BookReview: Queen of the Burglars

My Review This will probably sound silly, but my immediate reaction to Shayne Davidson’s biography of 19th-century pickpocket extraordinaire Sophie Lyons was excitement over the citations. Every fact had a superscripted number with a corresponding endnote!! In all seriousness, though, those citations represent Davidson’s extensive research into the life of Sophie Lyons and meticulous attention … Continue reading #BookReview: Queen of the Burglars

#Bookreview: Minus One

My Review The poems in Elizabeth Merry’s collection, Minus One: The Story of a Life, are rich and nuanced with the fluidity of time and memory. I found myself rereading a number of them, each time with a new layer of meaning revealed. Minus One is the poetry of paradox: death in life visible in … Continue reading #Bookreview: Minus One

#Bookreview: Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni

My Review Mary Smith’s Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real stories of Afghan women surprised me. Going into it, I expected the memoir to be interesting, as its focus is on a part of the world I know very little about. What I did not expect was that it would be so compelling. For three … Continue reading #Bookreview: Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni

#Book Review: Leora’s Letters

I am very pleased to be featuring my review of Leora’s Letters, written by Joy Neal Kidney. I have been following Joy’s family history blog, Joy Neal Kidney – Family Family and local stories and history, favorite books, for a few years now, and I was thrilled to see the history of her mother’s family during World … Continue reading #Book Review: Leora’s Letters