Prize-winning Author of 3 Novels
I’m working on a novel set in Italy, Found in Florence, (more on that soon) but I’ve decided now was a good time to refresh my website. I plan to post regularly on my “Thursday Thoughts Blog” about my reading and writing life as well as some of the everyday pleasures I discover including cooking, travel and the arts.
As some of you know, my husband and I are in a new stage of life. After busy careers in Washington, DC, and a glorious 5 years in New York City (our senior years abroad) we are now living part of the year in Coastal Maine and part of the year in Southwest Florida.
As always, I love receiving emails on books you are enjoying and hearing about your adventures. Please feel free to check in any time at our Contact Page.
In my last post I wrote about how I sometimes want a book to lift my spirits, to cheer up a bit after emerging from some dark literary terrain. Other times I need a real “page turner.” Last month I … Continue reading →
I often read novels that carry me away from my comfortable life. Fine literature can force us to face difficult times and situations. Good fiction takes us into war, presents us with evil, and shows us cruelty, poverty, and moral … Continue reading →
I’ve always loved public libraries. First and foremost, the books, but also the quiet and sense of order one finds there. Breathing in the scent of hundreds of books is a soothing tonic to me. When I move somewhere new … Continue reading →
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr came out in May of 2014 to great acclaim. This novel was ten years in the making. The reviews were pretty much wildly favorable. Yet, for some reason I kept putting … Continue reading →
I love to cook, but lately I’ve decided to simplify if at all possible. We’ve had a fair number of visitors here in Florida –always great fun, but when you have friends you need to provide food. At the same … Continue reading →
Not long after I wrote the post on my love of letters I read the epistolary novel, Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. She writes about an English and Creative Writing professor at a small, undistinguished liberal arts college who … Continue reading →
A friend recommended the book, “Staying on Alone,” the collected letters of Alice B. Toklas, written after the death of Gertrude Stein. The letters begin in 1946, the day Stein died, and continue until 1966. Toklas’s correspondence to friends, editors, … Continue reading →
I rarely long for soup here in Southwest Florida, even in winter. Now and again I make a hearty soup on a rainy night, a “stay at home night” when you want to feel cozy, even though the temperature has … Continue reading →
I just finished reading Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. I read this novel over a period of about three days and while I wasn’t reading it, some small part of me was still there, lingering in “Nora’s” life –her home, … Continue reading →
Both my writer and reader friends wait eagerly for the onslaught of end of the year best book lists- the best 100 books, the best 10 books, etc. from the major newspapers and magazines reviewing books. The selection is a … Continue reading →