Amazon Picks Best Books of First Half of 2010

| Jul 14 | 0 Comments

Now that we’ve entered July, the year is half way over and the editors at Amazon have released their picks for the top ten books so far this year. Amazon’s “must-reads” include a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Here is their list: The Passage by Justin Cronin The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald Country Driving by Peter Hessler The Girl Who Kicked the […]


Dear Reader Online Book Club

| Jun 25 | 0 Comments

I recently reviewed The Tale of Halcyon Crane (which I really liked), a book I discovered via a free email book club. I joined the club several years ago and each day I receive an email with a short excerpt of the book being featured that week. It’s a great way to sample books and discover new authors—all while drinking your morning coffee. To sign […]


THE TALE OF HALCYON CRANE by Wendy Webb [Review]

| Jun 22 | 3 Comments

As a native Michigander, I have many memories of summertime visits to Mackinac Island, the popular tourist spot in Lake Huron known for its fudge shops and its ban on motorized vehicles. So it was with great pleasure that I discovered The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb was set on Grand Manitou Island, a fictionalized version of Mackinac Island. Only it’s not the […]