Book Remarks

Coming of Age in the Wilds of Alaska


“Did adults just look at the world and see what they wanted to see, think what they wanted to think? Did evidence and experience mean nothing?” This is just one of the questions Leni Allbright poses in “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah, a sprawling story about love, loss and survival not only in relationships but also in the extraordinary […]

Revisiting a Classic: ‘Lord of the Flies’


“This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.” Once every three months I like to revisit classics from those good ‘ole school days, just to see if they are anything like I remember. Case in point: I read “The Great Gatsby” last year and wondered how I ever considered that […]

Reflecting on What Really Matters

BOOK REMARKS Lynn Alexander Forty-one. That is the number of post-it markers I have sticking out of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters,” a collection of blog posts/essays written between 2010-2016. And the reason I have forty-one post-it markers is because Le Guin had me thinking quite a bit about what mattered to her. […]

Is Anyone Really Who They Seem?


“I know what you did that day.” This cover proclamation on the novel “Safe With Me,” by K.L. Slater, still baffles me since it could belong to any one of the strange and twisted characters in this book. My bet is on Mrs. Peat but opinions vary. And I was actually able to get different opinions as I had the […]

‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett


“If someone loves you for what you can do then it’s flattering, but why do you love them? If someone loves you for who you are then they have to know you, which means you have to know them.” I have a confession to make. There are 957 books on my “Want to Read” list on Goodreads. If I read […]

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