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: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving


Author: John Irving Title: Last Night in Twisted River Narrator: Arthur Morey Publication Info: Random House Audio (2009) Summary/Review: Previously read by the same author: A Prayer for Owen Meany The World According to Garp The Hotel New Hampshire The Fourth Hand Another sprawling, epic novel by John Irving.  I haven’t read one in a long time….

Book Review: The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Norway Author: Linn Ullmann Title:The Cold Song Translator: Barbara Haveland Publication Info: New York : Other Press, c2011 Summary/Review: This novel is a story about a family at seaside summer home and the young woman Milla who comes to work as their nanny, but goes missing and is…

Book Reviews: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


Author: Ruta Sepetys Title: Between Shades of Gray Narrator:Emily Klein Publication Info: Penguin Audio (2011) Summary/Review: This novel set in the World War II-era depicts the oppression of Lithuanian partisans through the eyes of 15-year-old Lina.  A promising young artists, Lina and her mother and brother are rounded up by the NKVD with other women, children, the…

Book Review: Airman by Eoin Colfer


Author: Eoin Colfer Title: Airman Narrator: John Keating Publication Info: [New York] : Listening Library, 2007. Books I’ve Previously Read by the Same Author: Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident The Eternity Code The Opal Deception The Lost Colony Plugged Summary/Review: Irish author Eoin Colfer, creator of the Artemis Fowl series, spins a classic adventure story set in the…

Book Review: The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke


Author: Brock Clarke Title: The Happiest People in the World Publication Info: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014. ISBN: 9781616201111 Books previously read by same author: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke Summary/Review: A Danish cartoonist, at risk for drawing cartons offensive to Muslims, is moved by the…

Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan


Author: Robin Sloan Title: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Narrator: Ari Fliakos Publication Info: Macmillan Audio (2012) Summary/Review: A young man named Clay is out-of-work in San Francisco and ends up taking a job at a bizarre book store with an eccentric owner.  It turns out to be a front of a shadowy organization and Clay’s favorite fantasy book series is a…

Book Review: Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares


Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Portugal Author: Gonçalo Tavares Title:Jerusalem Translator: Anna Kushner Publication Info: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, c2009 ISBN: 9781564785558 Summary/Review: This novel brings together several characters in one place for one event and then jumps back to show vignettes of each character’s life, building up to what all…

Book Review: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis


Author: Ayana Mathis Title: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Narrators: Adam Lazarre-White, Bahni Turpin, and Adenrele Ojo Publication Info: Books on Tape, 2012 Summary/Review: This somber novel tells the stories of a woman named Hattie who migrates from Georgia to Philadelphia in the 1920s, and her subsequent life and that of her children.  The novel is a…

Book Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


Around the World for a Good Book selection for Colombia Author: Gabriel García Márquez Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude Translator: Gregory Rabassa Narrator: John Lee Publication Info: Blackstone Audio (2014) (originally published 1967) ISBN: 9781482939682 Other books read by the same author: Love in the Time of Cholera Summary/Review: I always find it difficult…