• Becky Bechhold

Serious and sober


The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

This book has some fabulous writing and some very disturbing scenes. All families are dysfunctional, but this one is revolting at times. It is on the bestseller list so it is getting eyes on pages. Not a feel good read. B+















Ivory Shoals by John Brandon

I adored this book! Meticulous descriptions of Gussie's trek across post Civil War Florida will have you swatting mosquitos and wishing for shade from the relentless heat and sun. Well paced writing made this hard to put down. A+














The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

The opening of this book put me off and I almost abandon it. So glad I persisted. This is a sobering but highly realistic story with a hopeful ending. It gives tremendous insight to children of abuse and neglect. It also underscores the enormous impact of even the slightest kindness. I strongly endorse this book. A













Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light by Helen Ellis

Ellis's first book of essays was Southern Lady Code which I thoroughly enjoyed. Here is her latest collection- funny and sharp eyed, it is a pleasing counterpoint to the other books this week. A

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I was asked to write an article for the local paper listing my top 10 biographies. It was so hard to honor the limit, I am posting them here with some additions. Personal History- Katherine Graham Lad