Jan Stafford Kellis

The Boston Girl

For those who’ve read other Anita Diamant books, this one is completely different from her others, but that won’t be a surprise as they’re all different and fabulous in their own right. This book is written in the style of a one-sided interview. A grandmother, Addie Baum Metsky, is telling…

The Aviator’s Wife

  The is a work of historical fact-based fiction. The author did piles of research, including reading the diaries of Anne and Charles Lindbergh, and she used real events and a few fictionalized events to weave this engrossing story of a marriage in the spotlight of the world. When they…

Book Shuffling

Behold the To-Be-Read Stack: an obelisk of books awaiting my perusal. It’s constructed of pride (whose stack is bigger?) and potential, held together by the promise of a page-turning frenzy. The TBR Stack begs notice. The TBR Stack is a side effect of my reading addiction, and the only way…

The Word That You Heard

FREE Kindle copy of The Word That You Heard available now! Do you miss the 80s? Are you a (slightly) manic fan of John Travolta? Have you ever wondered what life is like in the mysterious, backwoods culture of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Grab your FREE copy of The Word That…

Recipe of the Month: May 2015

This soup is perfect for a Bookworms Anonymous chapter meeting, and you can pick two of the main ingredients in the woods or your own back yard, if you happen to live in the UP. If not, you can find the ingredients at your local supermarket. Best served with tossed…

The Outside Boy

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cummins plops you down in 1950’s Ireland, where Christy tells his own coming-of-age story. It begins with the death of his grandfather, and the slow spilling of long-held family secrets. Christy and his family are travellers—gypsies—who live on…

7 Secrets of the Prolific

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block by Hillary Rettig My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hillary Rettig delivers everything she promises within the covers of Seven Secrets of the Prolific. I consumed this book alongside two fiction selections, and reading…

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Shandi Pierce believes in miracles. Heck, she’s the mother of a miracle: her brilliant three-year-old son Nathan, born to her while she was still a virgin. The story begins when Shandi, Nathan (Natty) and her best friend…

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a collection of stories designed to illustrate how others experienced the path to a true calling. In reading the stories, you’ll discover some ideas that might aid you in determining your own calling in life.…

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Perfect by Rachel Joyce My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s 1972. Schoolboy friends Byron and James are fascinated by the necessary two-second adjustment to the time—apparently, two seconds must be added to the clock to maintain correct atomic time. On the day the seconds are added, Byron’s mother takes…