Jan Stafford Kellis

Literary Self Defense

We’ve all heard about the power of the written word, and the power of knowledge, and how the pen is mightier than the sword. But have you used a book as a weapon? When I was a kid, reading was my first line of defense. The bookcase was my arsenal.…

A Trip To The Bookstore

There are sixteen books waiting patiently for me at home, stacked on the shelf like a belletristic Jenga game.  I have no business walking within one hundred feet of the bookstore, and yet, here I am.  I should cross the street to make sure I don’t spy an interesting book…

A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

We broke the streak! It’s been eleven months since we awarded the Stamp of Approval to a book (it was Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, which I wouldn’t mind reading again). At long last, we have broken this long, barren streak of nothingness and chosen A Gentleman In Moscow,…

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Wow. What a ride. This is the story of Ruth Jefferson, a black nurse in the Labor & Delivery department of a hospital, who is unlucky enough to be assigned to a newborn with white supremacists for parents. They declare that no African-American staff shall touch their child, and when…

UP Reader

I’m proud and excited to announce that my essay was among those chosen for inclusion in the upcoming UP Reader! The UP Reader is an anthology of essays, short stories, humorous pieces, memoirs, and poems from Upper Peninsula authors. It’s slated for release in May 2017. If you’re traveling our…

Paper Towns by John Green

I’ve been out of high school for, shall we say, a couple of decades, maybe a little more. At least two fat decades. High school was fun while I was there, but I’ve been thankful every day since graduation that I don’t have to return to the daily humiliation, embarrassment,…

Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

Julie Lawson Timmer’s writing grabbed me from the first page and pulled me right in. I’m sorry I already finished the book–I wish it was another 500 pages long. The story takes place in Michigan, where Bradley Hawthorn dies in a car accident. He leaves behind his wife, Char, and…

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins

Our latest Stamp of Approval winner:   Jeanine Cummins spoke at Lake Superior State University last winter, and I was lucky enough to attend her presentation. I brought Anonymous Bookworm Angie with me, and Angie purchased this book that night. Cummins plops you down in 1950’s Ireland, where Christy tells…

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Salutations, Bookworms! Winter and I have a love-hate relationship. I hate wearing three layers and fingerless mittens just to sit around the house; I hate maintaining an organized inventory of scarves, gloves, boots, coats, hats, head bands, and ear muffs; and I hate, hate, hate slippery roads, sidewalks, porches and stairs. But when I…

Thank you

Dear Bookworms: I’ve been in a self-imposed time out. My intention, when I started this email list & blog, was to send something interesting and/or useful to my readers every two to four weeks. I had grand plans of sharing book recommendations and recipes and letting you know what I’m working on.…