Love Marriage by Monica Ali is one of my best surprise reads of the year. I can’t remember why I picked it up – maybe […]
There’s a new genre of fiction emerging – COVID Lit. Two of the last few books I’ve read have commenced with the “shelter in place” orders that came in March 2020. And this is where Elizabeth Strout places Lucy Barton from her Amgash Series in Lucy by the Sea, the fourth in the series.
Reader beware! If last year was a peak in 4-star ratings for our book club, this year may have been a valley. That said, it […]
Where the Crawdads Sing hits theaters. The review I posted about the book in 2019 has garnered 144,000 hits and 135 comments. That post alone catapulted the number of Lit&Leisure’s unique visitors to nearly 60k in 2020 and has kept the monthly average above 2k. Obviously, something I wrote resonated.
The Sea, The SeaThis Booker Award winner from 1978 is the story of Charles Arrowby, a retired theater director who leaves London and rents a […]
I first learned of The Source from a list of suggested readings prior to my trip to Israel in 2019. At 900 pages, there wasn’t […]
I had the privilege of being a guest on Lisa Hedger’s podcast Everyone Loved it but Me about Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds. Whether or not you liked The Four Winds, the conversation is worth a listen. We talk about the book’s shortcomings, but we also address where it has merit.
For those who visit regularly, you know that thrillers aren’t my go-to genre. But when a few of my colleagues at work started telling me about this great book a co-worker had published, I was intrigued. I purchased and read it in the course of a weekend – completely engaged and thoroughly entertained. But because I don’t normally review thrillers, I felt less up to that task. So instead, I asked Matt if he’d be willing to participate in a Q&A with me, and he agreed.
I know I’m late to the game with this one. Until this month, I had neither read The Remains of the Day nor watched the […]
When Emma Donoghue began work on The Pull of the Stars in 2018, she had no idea how eerily similar the world would be to […]