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Little Sister is an odd but fascinating read. (Photo Courtesy of

That’s What She Read: Novel explores questions of personhood, survivor’s guilt

C. Jayne Trent October 27, 2017

"Little Sister" by Barbara Gowdy is definitely one of the weirdest novels I’ve read lately. Rose Bowan owns and runs the local movie hall with her mother. She has a placid, uneventful life and...

Tom Perrottas most recent novel Mrs. Fletcher (Photo Courtesy of

That’s What She Read: Novel explores sexuality, gender and class

C. Jayne Trent September 29, 2017

"Mrs. Fletcher" by Tom Perrotta. Poor Mrs. Fletcher. After her husband leaves her for a younger woman and her only son goes off to college, she's feeling a bit lost and lonely. Mrs. Fletcher runs into...

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That’s What She Read: Books to fall for

C. Jayne Trent September 8, 2017

The summer reading round-up continues with "Grief Cottage" by Gail Godwin. Eleven-year-old Marcus goes to live with his reclusive Aunt Charlotte after the sudden death of his mother. Aunt Charlotte...

The moving novel Fathers  Day captivates audiences (Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers).

Summer reads in review

C. Jayne Trent September 1, 2017

“Summertime, and the reading is easy...” And easy the reading was, in bounteous sunlight with no worries about getting up early the next day for work. Here are my thoughts on just a few of the books...

Stranger in the Woods tells the story of Christopher Knight and his life living in the woods of Maine for 27 years (Courtesy of Penguin Random House).

The last true hermit: Christopher Knight

C. Jayne Trent April 28, 2017

Journalist Michael Finkel's book "The Stranger in the Woods" is subtitled "The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit," which I expected to be a bit of hyperbole. People unplug for days and even...

Novel centers on struggles of family grief

Novel centers on struggles of family grief

C. Jayne Trent April 14, 2017

"Rabbit Cake" went from being a book that I almost didn't read to one I'm pestering my friends to give a try. While I was not initially intrigued by the story – it centers around a young and precocious...

Two stories come together in So Much Pretty to create a page-turner (Photo courtesy of

Murder mystery ties in messages of opportunity and class privilege

C. Jayne Trent March 31, 2017

Disturbing. Compelling. Upsetting. Masterful. I could go on and on about how amazing this novel, "So Much Pretty" by Cara Hoffman, is. The plot is deceptively simple. Wendy White, a cheerful, well-liked...

Chef captures culture of Harlem in cookbook: The Red Rooster Cookbook

Chef captures culture of Harlem in cookbook: ‘The Red Rooster Cookbook’

C. Jayne Trent March 10, 2017

Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new cookbook "The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem" is a delightful mélange of recipes, essays, history and photographs celebrating Harlem, a neighborhood...

Good as Gone: A novel of suspense by Amy Gentry (Photo courtesy

‘Good as Gone’ doesn’t live up to ‘Gone Girl’

C. Jayne Trent February 17, 2017

Thirteen year-old Julie was abducted from her home at knifepoint. She was never found and there were no suspects for her abductor. Police suspected that Julie knew her abductor, because there were also...

From journalism to carpentery: Hammer Head shows its never to late to make a change

From journalism to carpentery: “Hammer Head” shows it’s never to late to make a change

C. Jayne Trent December 2, 2016

Nina MacLaughlin’s engaging memoir about her decision to quit journalism and become a carpenter is honest, informative and thought provoking. "Hammer Head: The Making of Carpenter" is MacLaughlin's account...

A Curious, Charming Read: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a delightful if predictable story

C. Jayne Trent November 4, 2016

In "The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper," sixty-nine year old widower Arthur Pepper is reluctantly sorting through his late wife Miriam’s belongings and happens upon a hidden charm bracelet, jewelry...

Ceaseless drama: All Things Cease to Appear is one of the best novels of the year

Ceaseless drama: ‘All Things Cease to Appear’ is one of the best novels of the year

C. Jayne Trent October 21, 2016

Good luck forgetting "All Things Cease to Appear" after you read it. Elizabeth Brundage’s tale of two interrelated families who first intersect in the 1970s is compulsively readable and almost hypnotic...

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