Strong Heart

My latest review over at Online Book Club was over this action-packed novel by author Charlie Sheldon. Strong Heart is a fantastical story, and it took me a little while to connect with the characters, but I appreciated Sheldon's way with dialogue and ability to craft a compelling mystery. You can read my review of… Continue reading Strong Heart

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Everything I Never Told You

Just finished this book by Celeste Ng. I picked it up after seeing it referenced in a review of Chemistry, Weike Wang's debut novel released in 2017. (I'm w orking on an official review of the latter. Hoping to get it published soon.) Everything I Never Told You was a riveting read. It's. The novel begins with the… Continue reading Everything I Never Told You

Ian Tattersall & the Transmission of Knowledge

Language has allowed us not only to represent the world around us but to actually reshape the world in unprecedented ways. In a talk given at Columbia University, Ian Tattersall asserts that language and thought are functionally inseparable, and that it is these characteristics that most significantly separate humans from animals. Though on selective occasions animals seem… Continue reading Ian Tattersall & the Transmission of Knowledge

Writing for Online Book Club

I’ve recently started writing book reviews for OnlineBookClub.org. So far, it’s been a great experience. I thought I’d share some thoughts on the process with my book-loving friends. The books are free as long as you write an honest review. And once you’ve been doing it for a while, you even have the chance to… Continue reading Writing for Online Book Club

Dabbling in Fiction

Fiction is NOT my forte. I'm much more inclined toward memoir/essay writing. But I promised my writing partner that I'd crank out a piece of fiction in August, and I did. Here's the premise: Mary has a rare disease that causes her to "lose" words. Once forgotten, they are lost forever to her mind. They can’t… Continue reading Dabbling in Fiction