Category Books

Little Women

Confession time: I’ve never read Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, first published in 1868. I always thought, rightly or wrongly, that it was the sort of book women read, but real men didn’t. That meant I thought twice when offered the opportunity to preview a modern film adaptation, which hits theatres today. My […]

Non Sequitur

I’ve seen this sign for 50 years and never understood it. I know what the words mean. But what makes it significant?  When I was younger, I studied some of the poems of Robert Frost. Every school child did. The man was an American icon, rightly celebrated for his way with words. I don’t remember though […]

The Unmentionable Books

It was one of those “get to know you” exercises in German class. One of the questions was: “what do you do for a living.” Usually I say I am a consultant. This time I wasn’t really thinking and used the first word that came to mind. I said I was a writer, which is […]

The Kiosk

It’s the size of a phone booth (if you remember phone booths) and empty of everything except hope. It showed up in Sulzburg’s market Square Wednesday. I think it is a place where people can bring their books and take something different. I saw one in Staufen, when we were there a few months ago. […]

A True Public Servant

I have managed to not get too caught up in the recent American political melodrama. As a result, I decided I wouldn’t bother reading fired FBI director James Comey’s autobiography, A Higher Loyalty,  which was published a few weeks ago. That changed when the book I wanted wasn’t available at the library –  and Comey’s […]

Full Disclosure

I don’t normally get excited about a first-time novelist, but this author was an exception. When I saw the notice for Full Disclosure, which should hit stores today, I knew it was a must-read. Courtroom novels written by lawyers, such as Scott Turow or John Grisham are pretty standard fare. Their credentials make you feel […]

Trumpocracy

If you want to read a thoughtful analysis of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, then this is the book to choose, not Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. There’s no gossip here, no anonymous musings such as Wolff gave us. David Frum, who has a set of solid Republican credentials, answers the question Hillary […]