Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla is an author, poet and artist. Her book, Apples Rot on the Ground (May 2020), is a collection of gut-wrenching poems detailing the racism and bigotry that existed for Hispanic families in early New Mexico & Wyoming.
Review: Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker

Review: Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker

Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish, Tori Whitaker, Lake Union Publishing – Tori Whitaker’s “Glenn’s Last Wish,” fails to excite, with what turns out to be a tedious plot line. If that’s not enough, toss in Roe vs Wade, and add religious overtones.

Book Review: Red Dress in Black & White by Elliot Ackerman

Book Review: Red Dress in Black & White by Elliot Ackerman

Red Dress in Black & White, Elliot Ackerman, Alfred A. Knopf – Former Marine Elliot Ackerman, who lived a swath of time in Turkey, offers us his new novel, “Red Dress in Black and White,” which focuses on that country’s political upheaval, in particular the 2013 Gezi Park demonstration that left many protestors dead and thousands imprisoned.

Book Review: Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, Soon on Netflix

Book Review: Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, Soon on Netflix

Book Review: Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, Pantheon Books – German novelist Daniel Kehlmann, in his magical fantasy novel, “Tyll”, invents a jester named Tyll as protagonist to guide us through a historical and momentous adventure in Central Europe during the Thirty Years’ War from 1618 to 1648.

Book Review: Scarlet Odyssey by C.T. Rwizi

Book Review: Scarlet Odyssey by C.T. Rwizi

Book Review: Scarlet Odyssey, C.T. Rwizi, 47North – This ambitious debut novel, Scarlet Odyssey by C.T. Rwizi, features mystics, sorcerers and warriors who all fight to control plains and rivers in a magical world.

Book Review: Winter Sisters by Tim Westover

Book Review: Winter Sisters by Tim Westover

Winter Sisters, Tim Westover, QW Publishers – Author Tim Westover weaves an illuminating tall tale about ancient vs. modern medicine in his novel, “Winter Sisters.” The story begins in the early 1800s with the arrival of Audrey Waycross fresh out of medical school.

Book Review: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Book Review: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Lions of Fifth Avenue , Fiona Davis, Penguin Random House – Fiona Davis, known for factual research into New York’s landmarks in her historical fiction novels, has again produced a first-class tale. “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” is a suspenseful drama centered on the New York Public Library and its Berg Collection, stocked with American and English rare books and artifacts. 

Book Review: Updike Novels 1968-1975 edited by Christopher Carduff

Book Review: Updike Novels 1968-1975 edited by Christopher Carduff

Updike Novels 1968-1975, Christopher Carduff Editor, Library of America – John Updike won two Pulitzer Prizes for his “Rabbit” tetralogy, a series about the disturbing life of an ordinary man, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the protagonist whose risky doings are a mirror response to events such as the Cold War, Vietnam, sex, drugs and civil rights protests.