Book Review: Vampires In The Lemon Grove by Karen Russell


Author: Karen Russell Title: Vampires in the Lemon Grove Narrator: Arthur Morey, Mark Bramhall, Jesse Bernstein, Michael Bybee, Kaleo Griffith, Joy Osmanski Publication Info: Books on Tape, 2013 Summary/Review: This collection of short stories is hard to describe. Not really science fiction, not really fanatasy, not really horror, maybe magical realism, definitely weird stories. Sometimes…

Book Review: The Case of the Best Pet Ever by James Preller


Author: James Preller Title: The Case of the Best Pet Ever  Publication Info: New York : Scholastic, c2003 Summary/Review: I read this book out loud with my son. This is a Jigsaw Jones mystery and seems very similar to the Encyclopedia Brown books I read as a child – boy detective, girl sidekick, bully arch rival. I…

Book Review: Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne


Author: Mary Pope Osborne Title: Civil War on Sunday  Publication Info: New York : Random House, 2000. Summary/Review: In read this book aloud to my daughter who loves Magic Tree House books or “Annie and Jack books” as she calls them. In this story, Jack and Annie travel to the Civil War where they go to a field…

Book Review: Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville


Author: Eliza Granville Title: Gretel and the Dark Narrators: Cassandra Campbell, Stefan Rudnicki Publication Info: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2014) Summary/Review: Deeply rooted in Grimm’s fairy tales, this novel tells two stories. One set in 1899 Vienna is about a woman given the name “Lillie” who claims to be a robot and is brought to psychologist Dr Josef Breuer…

Book Review: Wild Women of Boston by Dina Vargo


Author: Dina Vargo Title: Wild Women of Boston Publication Info: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2015 Summary/Review: This slender volume is chock full of stories of about two dozen women of Boston who bucked the societal norms of their sex and made an impact of history.  These women include leaders, innovators, and activists, but they also include…

Book Review: Tinkering toward utopia : a century of public school reform by David B. Tyack and Larry Cuban


Author: David B. Tyack and Larry Cuban Title: Tinkering toward utopia : a century of public school reform Publication Info: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995. Summary/Review: This slender but illustrative book traces this history of public education reforms across the 20th century.  Two themes run through the book.  The first is that public schools are set…

Book Reviews: My Misspent Youth by Megan Daum


Author: Megan Daum Title: My Misspent Youth Narrator: Xe Sands Publication Info: Dreamscape Media, LLC (2015) Summary/Review: I listened this book of essays on recommendation of Slate magazine’s best audiobooks of 2015 article (although the essays were largely published more than 15 years ago leading to a time warp sensation hearing them).  The first few essays are largely…

Book Reviews: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell


Author:  Sarah Vowell Title: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Narrator:  Sarah Vowell, with  John Slattery, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Bobby Cannavale, John Hodgman, Stephanie March, and Alexis Denisof Other Books Read By Same Author: The Partly Cloudy Patriot  The Wordy Shipmates  Publication Info: Simon & Schuster Audio (2015) Summary/Review: This audiobook includes numerous well-known actors performing…