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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

When The Wife Between Us first came out in January, I didn’t know what to expect from it. It’s written by two writers, and honestly, at the time I thought it might end up being a bit of a disaster with their writing styles clashing and so forth. Because of it, I decided to skip […]

Golf Stories: Tees And Teens by Dan Jenkins

In Tees And Teens by Dan Jenkins, we have an old sports writer covering the Emily Turner Clambake golf tournament which is on its fifth year. Named after its sponsor Emily, a rich woman somewhere between the age of 55-82, this tournament had been the brainchild of Elbert Flash Pembroke, a former president of the […]

Like a Sword Wound by Ahmet Altan

Before I read Like a Sword Wound, the first volume in the Ottoman Quartet I knew very little of Turkey’s history or its present-day politics. So while I was reading this book, I spent a lot of hours on the internet researching this fascinating country. But, sadly, it seems like today people in Turkey, just […]

Golf Stories: Farrell’s Caddie by John Updike

Just like P. G. Wodehouse‚Äôs, John Updike is a famous novelist who loved golf. Updike had been introduced to the game when he was 25, and even as an amateur, he had managed to hit impressive shots every now and then. So I suppose it makes sense golf made it into his writings. ūüėÄ Farrell’s […]

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Unsheltered is the award-winning American novelist Barbara Kingsolver’s ninth novel in which the narrative alternates between the years 2016 and 1870s. Its contemporary tale begins with Willa who has come to live in an old inherited house in Vineland, New Jersey with her family in the most unexpected way. For most of their lives, Willa […]

Golf Stories: Harry Sprague meets the Masters by Herbert Warren Wind

Harry Sprague meets the Masters is taken from Herbert Warren Wind’s novel On the tour with Harry Sprague. It is the tale of a fictional Nothern Michigan pro-golfer who is on the 1960 PGA tour. Sprague writes letters to his sponsor, Mr. Amos Tabor from the road, and Harry Sprague meets the Masters consists of […]

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Book Vs. Movie)

I joined a new book club recently and A Man Called Ove was the book chosen for our inaugural meeting. I bought the book when its movie adaptation got nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at Oscars. But I never got around reading it, so this worked out perfect for me! A Man Called […]

Golf Stories: Triumph at Crestwood by Rex Lardner

Triumph at Crestwood is taken from Rex Lardner’s golf story anthology Out of the Bunker and Into the Trees which was first published in 1960. The story’s unnamed protagonist is one of the eight golf players taking part in Crestwood club’s sudden-death golf tournament, although he is not that good of a golf player. In […]

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Out of all the iconic sites in England, to me, the Tower of London stands out as one of the absolutes must-sees! Both my husband and I are history fanatics, so while we were in England last year, we went to London to visit this medieval site. We had a full day planned for ourselves […]

Golf Stories: Caddie Crisis by John P. Marquand

Caddie Crisis is taken from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John P. Marquand’s epistolary novel Life at Happy Knoll. It is a satirical tale about the rivalry of two golf clubs in the suburbs. In a letter written by Roger, a Board member of Happy Knoll Country Club to Albert, the president emeritus, he outlines the competition […]

Lies by T. M. Logan

Joe Lynch is a thirty-something English teacher at Haddon Park Academy. He had married Mel nearly a decade ago, and together they have a four-year-old son, William. When William was born, Joe had cut down his hours at work to let Mel keep the career she loved, and from the beginning, you get the sense […]

Golf Stories: The Sweet Shot by E. C. Bentley

E. C. Bentley’s story is one for mystery lovers! In it, Arthur Freer had died in a golf course under mysterious circumstances a few months back. Freer, a bully and an occasional wife-beater, wasn’t a popular guy in his village. But he had been an excellent golf player who was committed to the game. To […]

Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

Auschwitz Lullaby, which is based on a true story, begins one morning in Berlin¬†when Nazis arrive at Helene Hannemann’s home while she is getting ready to leave for work. Helene is a German Aryan nurse married to Johann, a Gypsy. So since the WWII started times have been tough for the Hannemann family. Johann has […]

Golf Stories: The Golfomaniac by Stephen Leacock

The golf maniac in Stephen Leacock’s story is Llewellyn Smith. The Golfomaniac is a short tale with only 5 pages and revolves around a conversation that takes place between Smith and the story’s narrator who are both keen golf players. Smith often takes the same suburban train as the narrator, and this prompts a dialogue […]

Like Death by Guy de Maupassant

At one point in Like Death, Richard Howard’s elegant translation of Guy de Maupassant’s fifth novel Fort comme la Mort, Olivier Bertin the novel’s protagonist mentions that his heart is “worm-eaten with love.” After reading Maupassant’s reflective and evocative prose, that is exactly how I feel about this book and its lovers’ fate! Let me […]