How we are treated when we travel is always set in the context of foreign relations and world history. In Berlin of 1990, I had the rare privilege of receiving the gratitude of those who saw a sparse, grey alternative to the prosperity and freedom of the West just across town. … More Berlin 1990 – A Tourist Walking Through World History
For a book lover, nothing beats a really good novel you can read and savor in the space of a weekend – or even in one long sitting. I just finished reading Paulette Jiles’ News of the World. I started the book the day before yesterday, found myself seriously engaged in it, and I couldn’t … More Short, Wonderful Novels: A List of Favorite Quick Reads
It’s snowing in many parts of the country, and down here in the Smoky Mountains, most schools have closed due to illness. For many of us, it’s time to stay inside and snuggle with a really good book. I don’t know about you, but there’s a time and a place for big, fat novels spanning … More Big, Fat Novels for Snowy Days
Of all the writing projects I’ve done, Ginger’s Reckoning is my all-time favorite. This book recalls the early days of my marriage, when we had the time and the money to travel, enjoy life, and look forward to a bright future. Things didn’t turn out quite the way we imagined. The investment bank my husband … More Ginger’s Reckoning – About This Book
A Review of The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers What makes one book “take off” and sell a zillion copies? If you love novels (or write them), you surely have pondered this question. But is it possible to answer the question of what makes a bestseller using science and a computer? … More Bestselling Novels – Is There an Algorithm for That?