If the title reminds you of Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate, it’s with good reason. This satire explores love, loss, hookups and cross-generational relationships.
After divorcee Eve Fletcher’s son goes to college she is left trying to reinvent herself and give meaning to her life as an empty nester. She sets her hopes on a community college course on gender and society, but an unexpected text message sends her down a rabbit hole of online porn and thoughts of illicit relationships.
Continue reading Review of new August fiction: ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ and ‘See What I Have Done’
In 2013 former soldier Dimitri Bontinck’s 18-year-old son, Joe, fell under the sway of a radical Islamic mosque and traveled to Syria from Belgium to take part in that country’s civil war. Rescued from ISIS (St. Martin’s Press, digital galley) recounts his many harrowing trips into Syria to find and ultimately bring his son home.
Continue reading ‘Rescued from ISIS’ a disappointing telling of a compelling story
Michael Connelly introduces a new detective in The Late Show (Little, Brown and Company, digital galley), a fast moving police procedural that is hard to put down. Renée Ballard works the LAPD overnight shift, responding to everything from burglaries to homicides. Because she has to hand off all of her cases at the end of her shift, she rarely gets to see anything through to completion.
Continue reading Review: ‘The Late Show’ introduces a fierce detective
In Karin Tidbeck’s dystopian fantasy Amatka (Knopf Doubleday, digital galley), words have the power to build, heal and destroy. Literally.
Continue reading Review: In ‘Amatka’ words can literally destroy
Here is a roundup of reviews for five summer of 2017 releases. All, but for The Windfall, are recommended.
Continue reading Short reviews of summer 2017 book releases
- Nancy Pate reviews six summer thrillers.
- Joe Manning tracks down the identity of the woman in an historic Dorothea Lange photo which is also a Shorpy favorite.
- Why the highball is the ideal whisky cocktail. At least during the summer.
- Tyler Cowen wonders if Dali, Yunnan is the very best place in the world to visit right now.
- Photographers chosen to participate in Feature Shoot’s print swap will each give and receive a print.
Featured image: Ruby Nell Shepard in photograph by Dorothea Lange.
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
By Jeffrey Kluger
In December 1968, less than two years after three astronauts burned to death in an Apollo capsule, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders left Earth to become the first humans to travel to the moon. Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon is packed with all of the drama inherent in all stories dealing with the early space program.
The mission was later overshadowed by the more dramatic moon landings, but Apollo 8 has an important place in history. The book is a concisely written account of that mission and the activities and training leading up to it. Author Jeffrey Kluger includes biographical information about all of the players involved, but the story focuses on Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman.
At just 320 pages, the book moves at a rocket’s pace (see what I did there) and helps maintain Apollo 8’s place in history.