This was a very nice addition to our reading list for Arizona, particularly for a Young Adult audience – the reading level is on the younger end of this group, but the main character is raised in a brothel (though not as a sex worker herself). It’s a historical fiction novel set in Tombstone in […]

Well, I have to say I’m having a hard time slogging through The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols (1974). I think I might have had an easier time if I hadn’t read So Far From God by Ana Castillo so recently. In many ways they are similar, and both do a great job of […]

As I finished The Alaskan Laundry (well, actually, as I started it), we dipped into a “cold” spell here in Los Angeles. I grew up in upstate New York and walked a mile to my local high school every day, even on days when the wind chill was negative 40 degrees, so I am fully […]