Author Archives: Teresa

The Cooking Gene

Subtitled “A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South,” this book by Michael Twitty is part memoir and part history in which Twitty traces his own genetic heritage through food. Born in Washington, DC, Twitty shunned the … Continue reading

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The Man in the Wooden Hat

The second book in Jane Gardam’s Old Filth trilogy focuses on Betty, the wife of Edward Feathers—or at least it focuses on their marriage. There are still huge gaps in Betty’s story that I was hoping The Man in the Wooden … Continue reading

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Island of the Mad

As the 15th (!) book in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series opens, Russell and Holmes are dealing with a minor domestic crisis—an indirect outcome of their previous adventures in The Murder of Mary Russell. But domesticity never lasts long for this … Continue reading

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Future Home of the Living God

Louise Erdrich’s latest is a departure from her usual stories of families and communities learning to live through the world as we know it. In this case, she imagines a young woman trying to live through a near-future world, a … Continue reading

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The Priory

She saw for the first time that the history of Saunby was a sad one. It had been diverted from its great purpose to a little one. It had been built for the service of God and the people; all … Continue reading

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Crimes of the Father

Australian author Thomas Keneally has written more than 30 novels, but the only one I’d ever heard of was the Booker-prize-winning Schindler’s Ark. But when I spotted this novel on Netgalley, my interest was piqued. One of my favorite moves of the … Continue reading

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Old Filth

Eddie Feathers was born in Malaysia, grew up in Wales, was educated at Oxford, and found success as a lawyer in Hong Kong (thus earning the nickname Filth—for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) and later in England. Now, at … Continue reading

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The Fortnight in September

Every year, the Stevens family spends two weeks at the seaside in Bognor. The trip involves a series of rituals — they always take the same train, stay in the same boarding house, and engage in many of the same … Continue reading

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The Summer Book

Six-year-old Sophia and her grandmother, and sometimes Sophia’s father, are spending the summer together on an island, almost entirely to themselves. A friend comes and stays for a bit, they acquire a cat, they wander the island, they trespass on … Continue reading

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Frank Money is a veteran of the Korean War, and he’s trying to return to a home he had no desire to see again. The reason? He’s received word that his sister, Cee, is dying. So Frank, battling addiction and … Continue reading

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