News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

We sat a long moment in the dark car. The white flakes landed like news from heaven: notes from elsewhere, fallen from the stars. Yesterday, I wrote about Jennifer Haigh’s second novel, Baker Towers. Centered on the Novak family, the novel begins in the 1940s and focuses on small town America at its peak, thenContinue reading “News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories”

The Round House

If you’ve read Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves (2008), the name “Coutts” will probably ring a bell. In her newest book, The Round House, Erdrich returns to familiar grounds and picks up where Geraldine and Bazil Coutts left off. Now married and the parents of a twelve year old boy named Joe, the happy family’sContinue reading “The Round House”

Telegraph Avenue

It’s the summer of 2004, and Brokeland Records owners Nat Jaffe and Archy Stallings are fighting to keep their little corner of Oakland alive. Ex-NFL star Gibson Goode has just announced plans to open one of his Dogpile megastores in the area, which would effectively shut down Nat and Archy’s already-struggling business. With their livelihood,Continue reading “Telegraph Avenue”

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Gilbert returned home from her a post-college adventures in Europe and was prepared to find a job and take Manhattan by storm. Instead, while on her way to visit a friend, she was targeted by a stranger then violently stabbed multiple times with a screwdriver. She survived the attemptedContinue reading “I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag”

A Train in Winter

Caroline Moorhead’s A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France tells the startling story of what would come to be known as the “31,000 Convoi,” a group of 230 non-Jewish French women from all over France who were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1942 for their roles inContinue reading “A Train in Winter”