What’s it all about, Toby Fleishman?

  Who wouldn't want to be married to Dr. Toby Fleishman? He's a successful hepatologist (liver specialist) whose only shortcoming is . . . well . . . he's short (5 feet 5 inches to be precise). The answer is . . . his wife Rachel, who had such a problem being married to him, she went off the deep end and walked out. Apparently, being married to a successful doctor who doesn't cheat and loves his children isn't enough for Rachel. In Taffy Brodesser-Akner's new (and first) novel Fleishman…

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Greg Iles tells southern tales with an authentic voice

When a friend mentioned her book club was currently reading Cemetery Road by Greg Iles, it reminded me of how much I'd enjoyed reading his Mississipi Blood trilogy last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to reviewing it in BOOMERBROADcast. The earlier series was an amazing look inside complicated lives in the American south. Like his earlier books, Cemetery Road is set in Mississippi. As a native of Natchez, Iles has a deep and personal understanding of southern culture, prejudices, and social structure with all its associated values and flaws. As with…

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The Cactus is a metaphor for life in the cautious lane

Reading a good book is much like letting a delicious chocolate melt in your mouth. The anticipation alone is exciting but the real gratification begins as soon as you pop it into your mouth. Then, the pleasure mounts as you allow the outer layer of chocolate to slowly melt, revealing a creamy strawberry centre or a nutty cluster that you can chew on and make it last longer. It's an experience to be savored. Am I getting too Forrest Gump-y? I thought of that analogy when I considered the path…

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Big Sky is neither a family saga nor a story about the wild west. It’s ‘way better.

Well! When I started reading Kate Atkinson's Big Sky I must confess the title led me to expect a family saga along the lines of The Thornbirds, or perhaps a story about the American wild west. Obviously, I hadn't done my homework about the author. Kate Atkinson is in fact a contemporary British crime writer with many novels to her credit that feature a recurring main character/hero by the name of Jackson Brodie. Brodie is an ex-cop who hung out his own shingle as a private investigator after he left…

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Big Sky is neither a family saga nor a story about the wild west. It’s ‘way better.
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The Silent Patient was a step outside my reading comfort zone

Murder-mystery-thrillers are not my usual choice for reading material. But, after reading The New York Times best-seller The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, I'm thinking perhaps I should expand my horizons. I stayed up until after midnight last night to find out "whodunnit", then couldn't sleep thinking about all the plot twists. It's a psychological thriller written mostly in the first-person voice of a psychologist so if you're a fan of pop psychology then you'll love all the references to mental illness. Alicia Berenson is a temperamental artist with a troubled…

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Eric Idle lives and writes on the bright side of life

Several years ago I reviewed Monty Python alumnus John Cleese's autobiography So, Anyway (This Parrot is Definitely Not Dead). Another Python'er, Eric Idle has now come out with his version of their epic story and as a fan of their silly, British humour, I couldn't wait to read it. Always Look On The Bright Side of Life, A Sortabiography by Eric Idle is not only the title of his autobiographical book but the final chorus written originally by Idle for their famous movie Monty Python's Life of Brian. The song Always…

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