Turning Stones

Turning Stones

Rating:  Turning Stones: My Days and Nights With Children at Risk, by Marc Parent. Ballantine Books (1998), 400 pages. This is the memoir of a caseworker for Emergency Children’s Services in New York City. The stories the author tells of the children...
The Blue Orchard

The Blue Orchard

Rating:  The Blue Orchard, by Jackson Taylor. Touchstone (2010), 416 pages. Taylor’s novel about abortion in America, from the Depression to the early 1950s, is based on events in his grandmother’s life and on interviews with many of the central figures...
This Boy’s Life

This Boy’s Life

Rating:  This Boy’s Life:  A Memoir, by Tobias Wolff.  Grove Press (2000), 304 pages. In This Boy’s Life, Wolff writes about growing up in the 1950s, moving from state to state with his mother as she tries to escape a violent boyfriend.  His...
You Are Not a Gadget

You Are Not a Gadget

Rating:  You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, by Jaron Lanier. Alfred A. Knopf (2010), 209 pages. This is a very difficult book to describe because the author is the kind of genius who has ideas that are so visionary I at times have the feeling I’m only...
The Best Dog in the World

The Best Dog in the World

Rating:  The Best Dog in the World, by Donna Long. Ten Speed Press (2007), 128 pages. This charming and informative work is a collection of 111 vintage portraits of children with their dogs. The photographs are all from 1875-1925 and include fascinating...