Jan Stafford Kellis
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria SempleMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A fun, fabulous tale told by Bernadette’s daughter Bee (short for Balakrishna) through the use of emails, notes and internal narration.  The story takes place in Seattle, where Bernadette, her husband Elgin and Bee live in a dilapidated…

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the story of a family in Mississippi, a family who struggles daily, and their preparations for Hurricane Katrina.  Esch, the fifteen-year-old female narrator, has three brothers and so desperately seeks male approval (and the avoidance of disapproval)…

How Reading Changed My Life

How Reading Changed My Life

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna QuindlenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Of course it’s a good book!  Anna Quindlen doesn’t know how to write any other kind.  I’m sure her grocery lists are riveting. This is a salute to reading; it’s a love letter to reading;  it’s a…

Truth Like the Sun

Truth Like the Sun

Truth Like the Sun by Jim LynchMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Seattle is itself a character in this story of political corruption, greed, and ancient secrets.  One story line covers the 1962 World’s Fair, held in Seattle, exposing the back alley deals between the city’s most powerful men.  The…

The Four Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss

The Four Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss

Four Hour Chef by Timothy FerrissMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This tome will reside on my reference shelf until I die.  The title is somewhat of a misnomer–the reader will learn how to become a chef within four hours, it’s true, but she’ll also learn how to butcher a…

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris GuillebeauMy rating: 4 of 5 stars What an eye-opening book!  Chris Guillebeau, I’m pretty sure, is living my life, or at least the one I dream about.  He travels…