The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Review

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Review Have you ever read a children’s book as an adult and it completely resonated with you? The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is one of those books. I first learned about it shortly after I completed my first Virtual Literary World Tour, and since that time, I have seen it on lists of must-read books. Although the book has some profound lessons, I chuckled often because of the inventiveness of Norton Juster, the way he names places and things in The Phantom Tollbooth. The main character is Milo, and he is a boy who is bored and discontented, never being satisfied with anything. Milo is … [Read more...]

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Review

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Review Welcome to National Women’s History Month and Year of Reading Women, where we officially kickoff our celebration with the review of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, which was published in 1985. It is a dystopian novel which reminded me of George Orwell’s 1984. The story is set is Boston, Massachusetts near Harvard University at some unspecified future time period, but before 2195, known as the Gilead period. Atwood who is an environmentalist inserts her influence in the book, which she should, by referring to the effects of over fishing and using plastic shopping bags. In The … [Read more...]

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Review

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Review I once read that The Woman in White (Penguin Classics) by Wilkie Collins is believed to be the first mystery book. Published in 1860, The Woman in White is a dramatic story and Collins bases some of it off a criminal case. In Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, “The exact source, which seemingly has not been pointed out, was the celebrated case of Madame de Douhault, which Collins found discussed fully in Maurice Méjan’s Recueil des Causes Celebres.” Treachery, mental illness, abduction, false identity, murder, and family secrets are a part of the story. Though I enjoyed reading The … [Read more...]

Where Have All the Women Gone?

Irene Becker

Where Have All the Women Gone? This year is the Year of Reading Women, March is National Women's History Month and March 8th is International Women's Day. Since 2014 started, I have followed a theme, this month being Black History Month, I have celebrated the month with mini biographies of blacks who made important contributions, and I have two more profiles to present. And looking back, I have conducted many interviews with successful women, and since I have many new subscribers, I am including some of those interviews, but I will focus on five women who had the courage to make major changes in their lives. Today, these women are … [Read more...]

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes, the world’s best- known detective character. In the story, ‘The Final Problem,’ in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Dover Thrift Editions), the author kills off his famed detective, and the later public outcry forced him to find a way to bring him back. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Dover Thrift Editions) is Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant way of bringing back the fictional detective to life. Related Posts: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes The Return of Sherlock Holmes includes the following 13 … [Read more...]