Beth Golay en Book Review: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving <p>Being a parent can be a thankless job. Jonathan Evison explores the parent/child relationship in his new novel, <i>The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.</i> Through the intersecting lives of his characters, he challenges the definition of a “good” parent.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:31:35 +0000 Beth Golay 5944 at Book Review: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving Book Review: The Family Corleone <p>In his novel <i>The Godfather,</i> Mario Puzo used his life in New York, his penetrating imagination, and some kind of exotic material for polishing prose to reveal the world of the Mafia. In that world, the reader observes the coming of age of Michael Corleone, as he reluctantly confronts his complicated fate as a gangster. This leads him down the path to self-betrayal.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:18:58 +0000 Todd Robins 5943 at Book Review: The Family Corleone Book Review: Evel Knievel Days <p>Pauls Toutonghi has a way with words. He writes about the unique circumstances surrounding smart, quirky, and loveable characters. At Watermark, we found his first novel, <i>Red Weather</i>, so endearing that we named a sandwich after it. Toutonghi’s newest book, <i>Evel Knievel Days</i>, features a protagonist named Khosi Saqr from Butte, Montana—Evel Knievel’s hometown. Khosi is an obsessive-compulsive Egyptian-American trying to find his identity. Well, half of his identity, anyway.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:35:33 +0000 Beth Golay 3155 at Book Review: Evel Knievel Days Book Review: Gold <p></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Beth Golay 2562 at Book Review: Gold Book Review: An Uncommon Education <p>I’m a sucker for a good prep school story. I’m not sure if it’s the promise of knowledge there for the taking, secret societies, or general student angst that usually leads me to those books, but there was something unique about Elizabeth Percer’s debut novel, <i>An Uncommon Education.</i> The education of Percer’s brilliant protagonist, Naomi Feinstein, was not provided by private boarding schools. Her “preparatory” education came from her father, who recognized early that his daughter could remember everything she ever read. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:17:21 +0000 Beth Golay 848 at Book Review: An Uncommon Education Book Review: The Chaperone <p>One beautiful thing about reading is the travel it allows. Through books, you can visit other times, places, or even dimensions. In “The Chaperone,” Laura Moriarty takes us to the far reaches of Douglas Avenue, Winfield, McPherson and New York City.</p><p>Laura Moriarty’s first three books were set in Kansas towns, all based on times and places she actually lived. With her latest book she takes a leap backwards to 1922 Wichita, when soon-to-be silent film star Louise Brooks was 15-years-old, heading off to New York City for the first time.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:00:01 +0000 Beth Golay 5952 at Book Review: The Chaperone Book Review: Home <p>Even though Frank Money lived in Lotus, Georgia since he was four, he never considered the town his home. According to Frank, “Nobody in Lotus knew anything or wanted to learn anything.” Left to their own devices, Frank and his friends roamed the unpaved streets and countryside with Frank’s little sister Cee in-tow, biding their time until they could leave Lotus for good. That opportunity came for the boys when they enlisted to fight in the Korean War. Cee’s opportunity presented itself later when she took off with a stranger—who took off with her car.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 21:09:15 +0000 Beth Golay 5953 at Book Review: Home Book Review: Sacre Bleu <p>When an author goes on a book tour, he might fall into a routine that sounds something like this:<br> • Fly into a city.<br> • Go from airport to hotel.<br> • Go from hotel to bookstore.<br> • Read from your book.<br> • Return to hotel.<br> • Fly out in the morning.</p><p>When Christopher Moore goes on book tour, he adds one more step.<br> • Spend some time at the local art museum.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 14:15:10 +0000 Beth Golay 5954 at Book Review: Sacre Bleu Book Review: At Home On The Range <p><i>At Home on the Range</i>, a cookbook presented by Elizabeth Gilbert, by her great-grandmother Margaret Yardley Potter</p><p>Elizabeth Gilbert always believed that her calling as a writer came from her great-grandfather, Sheldon Potter. He had “inspired bookishness” and would give her challenging reading assignments during their visits. But when she unpacked and began to read <i>At Home on the Range</i>—a cookbook penned by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter—Gilbert started to wonder about the existence of a Family Voice.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:19:34 +0000 Beth Golay 5955 at Book Review: At Home On The Range