Water for Elephants: A Review

There’s a reason Water for Elephants is considered a modern classic by many people: the setting is vivid, the story grabs you, and the characters are compelling. What more can you ask for period fiction?

Books I Read (and Didn’t Read) During the Baseball Off Season

I was going to rededicate myself to blogging during the off season. Really! I meant it this time! Well, you can see how that worked out. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t reading. So here is another summary post of books I read (and didn’t entirely read) during the off season.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell: A Review

In addition to the titular story about a vampire who subsists on lemons, there are some real standouts here. “Proving Up” is solid ghost story during the settling of Nebraska under the Homestead Act, as the Zegners try to prove their claim. “The New Veterans” is a creepy piece about an masseuse and an Iraq war vet with a tattoo of his friend’s death day across his back. But the best for me was “The Barn at the End of Our Term,” an unlikely story where about deceased US Presidents who are reincarnated as horses. It is fun and funny, yet somehow also melancholy and sad, as the Presidents adapt to their new station. Russell truly shines in creating a believable world out of an unbelievable premise.