Book Remarks

A Florida Family of Yesteryear’s Epic Tale


The trials and tribulations the MacIvey clan face over 114 years is incredible. There are hurricanes (including the devastating 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane) and encounters with everything from wild boar to outlaws. “All I’m trying to tell you is to be strong. Don’t ever let nothing get you down. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to love, or to grieve when the […]

Short Stories Give Readers a Dark Look at Florida


The other words Groff uses to describe Florida: mold, slime mold, humidity, rot, gators, feral cats, tent cities, and snakes. LOTS of snakes. “Of all the places in the world, she belongs in Florida. How dispiriting to learn this of herself.” There are a number of books centered in and around Florida that do a wonderful job of making our […]

Novel Chronicles Syrian Journeys, Past and Present


“It seems like people lose more than they can ever get back – a three-bedroom house, ten inches of hair, a whole color. But nobody ever says it. Does it make it easier to live with loss if you don’t name it? Or is that something you do as a mercy for other people?” This is just one of the […]

‘West,’ by Carys Davies


“All I can say, Julie, is that they feel very real to me. All I can say is that the only thing in the world I want to do now, is to go out there, into the west, and find them.” “Them” are prehistoric wooly mammoths and the man obsessed with finding them is Cyrus Bellman. So begins “West,” by […]

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