The Dutch House is an engaging fairy tale by a respected author

Author Ann Patchett has a strong reader following. Her latest novel The Dutch House was an engaging story and well-written. It’s set in a suburb of Philadelphia with side trips to New York City. The book’s title refers to a stately, slightly eccentric old mansion built during the 1920s by the VanHoebeeks, a family of successful Dutch immigrants who made their fortune selling cigarettes to the…

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You CAN teach an old boomer new math. Or maybe not.

The problem began when I couldn’t answer the simple skill-testing question to enter a contest. Penguin Random House Canada is running an online contest to win a free book and here’s the skill-testing question required to enter: (6 x 4) / (4 – 2). I stared, I pondered, scratched my dark roots, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what the /…

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Gone With The Waist. And frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!

Today I officially acknowledged that I will never again in this lifetime have a waistline. Menopause is irreversible and I have decided to part with 34 beautiful leather belts worth more dollars than I care to contemplate, that will never fit this old boomer body again. I rounded them all up for consignment (the better ones) and the charity bin. I did keep half a…

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Denise Mina’s crime thriller CONVICTION is a fun romp that took me outside my comfort zone

Stepping outside our comfort zone can sometimes be a nice distraction or even a pleasant surprise—including when it comes to what type of books we read. I’m a confirmed lover of historical fiction but somehow I’ve stumbled upon some crime thrillers recently that proved to be great fun. Conviction by Denise Mina is such a book and not the sort of book that normally turns up…

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Midway the movie is midway to being good

The early snow in Toronto finally let up long enough to let us go catch a matinée of the newly-released movie, Midway. As history buffs, both my honey and I were looking forward to seeing it and its release around Remembrance Day made it particularly relevant. Running slightly more than two hours, we felt we got our money’s worth, despite the usurious prices for popcorn…

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