The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

(This review first appeared in August 2003) Rating:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.  Doubleday (2002), 240 pages. This book is narrated by an autistic boy who discovers his neighbor’s dog has been murdered.  As he...
Little House Series

Little House Series

HarperCollins has made a horrendous, unfathomable decision that will surely be studied in future college marketing courses in the same chapter as the “New Coke” blunder of 1985. In a woefully misguided attempt to keep the Little House series “relevant and vibrant” to...
Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

Rating:  Strawberry Fields, by Marina Lewycka.  Penguin Books (2008), 294 pages I loved this book. But before I remark on anything else, I really need to share my thoughts on the stunningly dreadful and inappropriate U.S. cover. (The book was originally...
A Million Little Lies

A Million Little Lies

(This review first appeared in January 2006) Rating:  A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey.  Random House (2004), 448 pages. A memoir is one person’s memories of his life and can’t be expected to represent an exact rendition of absolute fact,...