Jan Stafford Kellis

The Bookish Life

The Bookish Life

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…

Bookworms Anonymous

Bookworms Anonymous

It’s here! You can find your copy on Amazon.com.   The women are gathered again! Bookworms Anonymous is a non-traditional reading group established in 2000, comprised of seven women in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They meet monthly to share a gourmet vegetarian meal and discuss and swap books. Part memoir, part…

Bookworms Anonymous Volume II

Bookworms Anonymous Volume II

Coming Soon:  Bookworms Anonymous Volume Two! If you enjoyed the first volume, you’ll love this one!   Part memoir, part cook book, part love letter to reading, Bookworms Anonymous Volume Two allows the reader to attend meetings of everyone’s favorite book club.  Enjoy more book reviews, more recipes and an…

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie FlackMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this book on the recommendation of the Curtis (Michigan) Library Reading Group, and it was fantastic!  The story takes you into the inner workings of a ballet company in Manhattan.  Hannah Ward, the main character, is nineteen years old…

Me Before You

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMy rating: 4 of 5 stars When the diner where Louisa Clark works closes and she loses her job, she tries a few unpalatable positions (including one at a chicken factory) before finding a position as a caretaker for a quadraplegic man.  Will Traynor had…

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf by Jodi PicoultMy rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s a Jodi Picoult…what can I say?  It’s engrossing, has multiple narrators with interesting personalities, and it finishes with a satisfying ending. Luke Warren enjoys a minor celebrity status for his enthusiastic wolf studies, which include living with the wolves…

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…