book review, nonfiction

Deanna Durbin by William Harper

Lovingly written by a fan of the actress, Harper meticulously researched this short but informative book detailing Durbin’s movies and time in Hollywood. The rumor is my father’s favorite actress was Deanna Durbin. I never spoke to him about her, but he would have been a young man when her movies came out, and I… Continue reading Deanna Durbin by William Harper

book review, nonfiction

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

A series of essays on writing, Dillard talks about internal and external creative spaces, the dichotomy of simultaneously wanting to write and do anything else in the world, and the general nature of creativity and art. Backed up with quotes from other writers, her writing is often metaphorical but always wondrously descriptive. A muse on… Continue reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

book review, nonfiction

Gene Kelly by Clive Hirschhorn

I’m a big fan of Gene Kelly, and movies such as Anchors Aweigh, It’s Always Fair Weather and, of course, Singing in the Rain, are films that I watch repeatedly. However, I know very little about the man behind the actor/singer/dancer/director/choreographer. It seems that no one does either, as he was a introvert who kept… Continue reading Gene Kelly by Clive Hirschhorn

book review, fantasy, young adult

Forged Destiny by Ash Leigh

The second book in the Valiant series sees magic weirder, Elaine, once again happily working in her father’s bakery. When two women arrive looking for her help, it isn’t long before the evil king’s knights are once more knocking down the door, which is exactly the call to arms Elaine needs to leave her comfortable… Continue reading Forged Destiny by Ash Leigh

horror, short story

Short Story Review: 4 by Yardley

I love Lou Yardley’s short fiction. It’s so imaginative, exciting, and contains a wonderful blend of horror and humor. As each of these stories only takes about 30 minutes to read, I thought I’d put my reviews together into one post. 12 year old Georgia thinks she’s too old to play make believe with her… Continue reading Short Story Review: 4 by Yardley