Book Remarks

“Mr. Flood’s Last Resort” by Jess Kidd


“Are there cold corners?” “Yes.” “Inexplicable noises?” “Sometimes.” “Strange behavior from the animals in the house, barking or hissing?” “Hissing, definitely.” “A brooding malignity?” I glance at her, wondering where she gets these words. “Only when Mr. Flood is about.” I knew from the first few pages that “Mr. Flood’s Last Resort,” by Jess Kidd, was going to be eerie. […]

Summer Beach Read, ‘by invitation only’


“What is it about this place?” “Look, I don’t know if it’s the smell of the earth or the night skies with all the stars or what, but I think it’s a bit like making a cake. You wouldn’t eat butter or flour or vanilla by themselves, but when you combine them with eggs and milk, they become something else. […]

Korean Women’s Heartbreak and Strength During World War II


It was a chrysanthemum, a symbol of mourning for Koreans. The imperial seal of Japan was the yellow chrysanthemum, a crest symbolizing the imperial family’s power. Emi had wondered which came first, the symbol of power or mourning. “White Chrysanthemum,” by Mary Lynn Bracht, is one of the easiest books I’ve ever read and one of the hardest books I’ve […]

Would You Want to Know?


“I wanted to do something good. So I think, Okay: What do nurses do? They help people, people who suffer. Why do they suffer? ‘Cause they don’t know what’s gonna happen to them. So what if I can take that away? If they have answers, they’ll be free, is what I thought. If they know when they’ll die, they can […]

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