Books

Re-Release of Mary Elitch’s 1932 Biography

The story of an early-Denver pioneer & entrepreneur ~ [Denver, May 6, 2024] — Denver had only been a city for 30 years, and Colorado had only been a state for 15 years, but ambitious entrepreneurs with names like Larimer, Gilpin, Gunnison, and Tabor were shaping the future of this young city and state. Among […]

Readers’ Corner June 2024, Food for Thought

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ A disputed menu item sets the stage for an explosive situation in Family Reservations, a new novel by Liza Palmer. Culinary icon and control freak Maren Winter is a successful restauranteur who has built an empire, partially due to the efforts of her three daughters, all of whom […]

Readers’ Corner May 2024, Family Values

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store. As a book reviewer, I have become skeptical of annual “best of” novel lists. Too many of these books ride on the author’s previous reputation rather than original, compelling storytelling. James McBride’s 2023 novel is a welcome exception. Set in the 1930s […]

Readers’ Corner: April 2024. School Library Month

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ Take advantage of wonders stored at a library, including The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, a 1939 children’s picture book written by DuBose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack. Cottontail, a small, brown rabbit, always dreamed of being an Easter Bunny. Only five are selected annually, and she’s scorned by the […]

Readers’ Corner: Mar. 2024, Women’s History Month

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ You May Plow Here, the first-hand narrative of Sara Brooks, edited and photos by Thordis Simonsen. First published in 1986, the authenticity of its history is undeniable. Brooks, born in 1911 and raised on a farm her father owned in rural Alabama, provides a rare, personal account from […]

Readers’ Corner, Feb. 2024: Library Lovers Month

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ Libraries store millions of books in every form so all can enjoy them. Here are three temptations. Pageboy accompanies Elliott Page on a body-and-soul changing voyage. This memoir introduces the author as the former Ellen who began an acting career in her teens as a female and transitions […]

Readers’ Corner – Jan. 2024

Personal Favorites: a new year is a chance to recall books we’ve enjoyed ~ By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ The Midnight Library. Matt Haig’s powerful, uplifting fable offers a contemporary re-telling of the classic film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Disillusioned with her unfulfilling existence in a dead-end job and grieving over the death […]

Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills

By Tina Mosetis ~ Overweight in Beverly Hills? That’s a misdemeanor. Overweight in show business? Ahh, that’s practically a felony. “Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills,” written by first-time author Elaine Franklin, is a blend of escapism and realism featuring three women in a fun romp through the glamour and pitfalls of society and show […]

“Once Upon A Time In Beverly Hills” written by senior Elaine Franklin

By Tina Mosetis ~ Overweight in Beverly Hills? That’s a misdemeanor. Overweight in show business? Ahh, that’s practically a felony. “Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills,” written by first-time author Elaine Franklin, is a blend of escapism and realism featuring three women in a fun romp through the glamour and pitfalls of society and show […]

Readers’ Corner, Oct. 23: Read a banned book!

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~ How poignant that a story about book-burning, Ray Bradbury’s classic, Fahrenheit 451, has itself often been the object of censorship. Published in 1953, it made the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009. Re-reading it now, the violence with which Firemen comply with their duties fails to shock the reader. Excesses by […]

Readers’ Corner: Favorite memoirs

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel~ Wishful Drinking. Actor/author Carrie Fisher’s 2009 memoir is a hilarious, intimate look into her tumultuous life growing up as the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and film legend Debbie Reynolds. She was a young child when her father ran off with his (deceased) best friend’s wife, Elizabeth Tayor, turning […]

Readers’ Corner – July 2023

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~ July 23 is Parents’ Day, so our books center on parents and parental substitutes. Leading, WHITE OLEANDER (Janet Fitch) You would be hard-pressed to find a worse mother than Ingrid Magnussen, narcissistic beauty and self-described poetic genius. When her lover rejects her for a younger woman, Ingrid kills […]

Readers’ Corner – June 2023

Feel good with books this month ~ By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~ In Lessons in Chemistry, a bestselling novel, author Bonnie Garmus brings us insights about women’s lives, careers, and struggle for equality in the late 50s-60s. Elizabeth, a scrappy nonconformist, also a brilliant chemist, is forced to become a television chef when […]

Readers’ Corner: The time for new beginnings – May 2023

By Bonnie McCune and Kathleen Duhamel ~ The Paris Apartment, by Kelly Bowen, has the misfortune of sharing a title with at least three other books. The Bowen version is the one I prefer because it contains several compelling and related stories with characters and plotlines embedded in WW II and post-war. Aurelia inherits an […]

Readers’ Corner, April 2023: Animal Dreams

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~ Walk With Giraffes.  Lynda Rutledge’s engaging tale, based on true events, follows the improbable journey of Woodrow Wilson (“Woody”) Nickel, a Dust Bowl orphan on the brink of manhood. After Woody makes his way to New York, he is swept up in a news story involving two giraffes […]