Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr.

Again to Carthage: A Novel by John L. Parker It has been almost exactly six years since I picked up John L. Parker Jr.‘s ode to competitive running, Once a Runner, though when I lifted this sequel off my book shelf at the beginning of the year that realization hadn’t come to me. Once a ...

Book Review: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg When I was a kid one of my favorite movies was called The Hideaways. It played regularly on cable and when it was on I would watch it with keen interest not on the story of a girl and her brother who decide ...

Iron Lake, by William Kent Krueger 1

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was my uncle who, at a book event in Albuquerque where I was promoting Mesabi Pioneers, first told me about the author William Kent Krueger and his Minnesota mysteries. Needing a good, quick read, I decided to pick one up and give ...

A Wanted Man, by Lee Child 1

A Wanted Man by Lee Child My rating: 3 of 5 stars It’s been more than a year since I’ve started reading any novel, and even longer since I finished one. Mostly that has to do with the fact that I’ve spent most of that time writing my own novel. Now that Mesabi Pioneers is ...

Proofreading 1

I spent the past two weeks proofreading the final draft of Mesabi Pioneers. I took my time reading through the whole thing, carefully reading passages, making sure all the punctuation was correct, that there were no misspellings or duplicate words or even incorrect words. I found a few errors, not a lot, but a few. ...

Finding Everett Ruess by David Roberts 1

Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer by David Roberts My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had never heard of Everett Ruess before seeing this book on a shelf in the visitor’s center at Hovenweep National Monument. He was a young man who, young and searching for adventure, ...

Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos 1

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good friend gave me this book and told me it would be a fast and humorous read. She was right about fast, and she was right about funny. She didn’t tell me how profound the book would be, how insightful and ...

John Dies at the End by David Wong

John Dies at the End by David Wong My rating: 4 of 5 stars John Dies at the End by David Wong There’s a lot going on in this novel by the editor-in-chief at Cracked.com. Most of which has only partially to do with the John of the title actually dying. Which he does. At ...

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman 2

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had heard of Scott Jurek before I picked up his book. Many people had. He was a legend in ultramarathons–races in which the distance is greater than 26.2 miles. Jurek won the Western States 100, the ...

Persuader (Jack Reacher #7), by Lee Child 1

Persuader by Lee Child My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child are like crack. The action is fast paced, the writing quick. The novels read like the fast paced action thrillers they are. I’ve read two of Child’s Reacher novels (the first and the second) and while I wanted ...