Archive for August, 2009

THE 21ST-CENTURY ECONOMY by Randy Charles Epping

A very sophisticated version of Economics for Dummies, Randy Epping’s THE 21ST-CENTURY ECONOMY: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE moves quickly through the topics of today’s economic world.

August 28, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Non-fiction


It is a daunting task to write a brief review about a 500 page book that holds thirty-six stories, most of which have been published in esteemed publications and spawned bestselling novels. Further, author Louise Erdrich is already known and beloved, a prolific, highly acclaimed writer of both short and long fiction.

August 27, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Short Stories, Wild West, y Award Winning Author


I want to preface this review by stating that I am a fan of Maile Meloy, having read and loved both of her novels. It is always a bit of a challenge for me to pick up and read a book of short stories by a favorite author. There are so many ways that things can go flat, so many chances. In this book, however, the stories all soar. One is better than the next. Each is a gem in its own right. I was wowed! The pervasive theme that runs through the book is that of conflicted emotions: impulse vs. rationalism; fear vs. curiosity, pull vs. push, loyalty vs. betrayal; giving vs. taking.

August 26, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Contemporary, Short Stories

GOURMET RHAPSODY by Muriel Barbery

In Muriel Barbery’s bestselling novel, THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, Renee Michel, the concierge, disdains the fourth-floor resident, restaurant critic Pierre Arthens, as “an oligarch of the worst sort.” She continues, “Can one be so gifted and yet so impervious to the presence of things?” Yes, apparently he can, and in Barbery’s new “companion” volume, GOURMET RHAPSODY, the curtain of mystery is drawn back from him, and he shows us exactly how he does it!

August 25, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: France, Translated, World Lit

206 BONES by Kathy Reichs

206 BONES, by Kathy Reichs, opens with Tempe Brennan, handcuffed and buried in some sort of underground crypt. She does not remember how she got there, but is understandably terrified. The author then traces the complicated series of events that led up to Tempe’s abduction and entombment.

August 25, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: Canada, Sleuths Series

IN THE KITCHEN by Monica Ali

There is one central point that the talented English author, Monica Ali, makes with her new novel, IN THE KITCHEN: Whether it’s London or an industrial town called Blantwistle, commerce has changed Great Britain.

August 24, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Literary, United Kingdom, World Lit