Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

My daughter, a voracious and eclectic reader, introduced me to James Lee Burke. He is a prolific writer who has a way with words. His peers agree, having named him Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and winner of two prestigious Edgar Awards. Burke’s skill with prose in 2014’s “Wayfaring Stranger” reminds me of Sinclair…

Book Review - Sarah Vowell’s “Unfamiliar Fishes

Hawaii’s state motto, “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono” means: “The life of the land is preserved in righteousness.” As a teen growing up in Hawaii when it was still a territory, the history of what was to become the 50th state was alive to me, though incomplete. The stories of the Alii—Hawaiian royalty—and the kingdom’s old days were both exotic and mysterious. Class trips to Oahu’s…

Television Series

Television series, even the best, should come with an expiration date. Before creators and casts embarrass themselves with a “Jump the shark” season, they ought to quit while ahead. Seldom happens. Cases in point: “Damages” written by Todd and Glenn Kessler and Dan Zelman. First season was terrific. Great acting by veteran Glenn Close and newcomer Rose Byrne. Good supporting cast, gripping…

About Face

About Face by David HackworthI finally tackled a book that was gathering dust on my closet shelf for fifteen years: Col. David Hackworth’s “About Face,” a scorching military memoir published in 1989. Part swashbuckling tale, Korean War diary, notes from…

Book Club

Belonging to a book club is a good thing to do...and not just for passing those dark winter nights when your usual social networks are hibernating. I’ve read books I would never have considered prior to joining. We mostly read fiction with the occasional non-fiction, such as Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” or others like it, and we are democratic when selecting a reading list. Someone…