Jan Stafford Kellis

Battling Reading Addiction

The following story is not for the faint-hearted. Turn back now if you’re the least bit squeamish. I recently had a close encounter with my addiction. It reminded me who’s in charge (not me) and who controls my behavior (not me). My addiction—I’ll call it Pierre—is responsible for my low…

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…

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…

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 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.…

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…