Jan Stafford Kellis
What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriartyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I spent the last three days engrossed in the story of Alice and her sudden memory loss.  It begins when she falls off her bike in spin class;  when she comes to, she believes it’s 1998 (it’s actually 2008)…

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. RowlingMy rating: 5 of 5 stars With a vast cast of characters, The Casual Vacancy plunges the reader into the small town politics of Pagford, its slum area The Fields, and its bigger, brighter neighboring town of Yarvil.  The characters are all well-developed, and even…

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan DoigMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Ivan Doig tells a grand story, and this one made me yearn for Western small town life (normally unappealing to me).  The Bartender’s Tale is about a legendary bartender named Tom Harry and his son Rusty.  Rusty’s mom abandoned…

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’FarrellMy rating: 4 of 5 stars The Hand That First Held Mine is a tale about motherhood, of course, and love of all types, and strange twists of fate and malice.  The story follows two sets of characters:  Ted and Elina, who…

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

I discovered All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown at a thrift shop, and bought it for $2.50.  It’s an Advance Reading Copy, and the need for proofreading was a bit distracting.  I’m sure the final copy didn’t have this feature! BUT, the story was an enjoyable Silicon…

Prairie Evers

Prairie Evers

Prairie Evers by Ellen AirgoodMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I bought this book from Ellen Airgood at an author reading/signing event in De Tour Village, Michigan.  It’s a young adult genre book, but it’s really a book for all readers. Prairie Evers has just moved to New Platz, New…

Testing the Current

Testing the Current

Testing the Current by William McPhersonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the story of a year in Tommy McAllister’s life, beginning when he’s 8, then going back to his 7th year and ending just past where it begins.  It takes place in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, which is…

The Third Son

The Third Son

The Third Son by Julie  WuMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I was not in the mood to read about a Taiwanese immigrant (I’ve read many immigrant stories lately), but when I started this book, I couldn’t put it down.  Saburo, the main character, is the third son of a…

The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth StroutMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book about assumptions and perceptions, and how an entire life can be shaped around them.  Three of the characters in this book undergo substantial changes after discovering and/or admitting the assumptions and perceptions they’d lived by…

I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora EphronMy rating: 5 of 5 stars What a great way to pass an afternoon!  Nora Ephrons’ signature sarcasm brightened my day.  I listened to the audio version of this book, which the author reads herself,…