Monthly Archives: November 2013

Putting the Fun in Unemployment

“FUnEMPLOYMENT: a.k.a. Jobbus Interruptus by Jayne Grey is a light-hearted look at internet dating in your 40’s and how having your life derailed by a job loss can actually be a good thing.  Lexi has lost her IT job and finally taken her daughter and left her abusive boyfriend.  She then begins the process of reinventing herself with the help of her friends and the internet. Continue reading

A Family Torn

The Lowland
Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Lowland” is a story of two brothers who grew up outside of Calcutta during the tumultuous 1960’s.  Both of them studied hard and excelled.  Subhash, the older brother, was quiet and studious and chose to continue his scientific studies in Rhode Island.  Udayan, the more brash of the two, became a revolutionary.

When Udayan’s rebel activities end in tragedy Subhash returns to India to comfort his parents and to help Udayan’s widow, Gauri, who is with child.  The story continues on, tracing the lives of Subhash, Gauri and her daughter Bela and explaining what led to Udayan’s death. Continue reading

Reality Can Be Fun!

“Unscripted” by Natalie Aaron & Marla Schwartz is a fun look at the crazy world of reality TV shows, with some romance thrown in.  Abby Edwards is a producer for a reality TV dating show.  When her ex-boyfriend is the screenwriter of a wildly successful movie she is left feeling that her life is going nowhere and not at all what she’d hoped it would be.  She’s been stuck in the reality world rut, scrabbling from one show to the next, with no way out. Continue reading

Murder Lights Up the Past

The Light in the Ruins
“The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian is a page turner that is both a murder mystery and a historical tale.  The story takes place in the hills south of Florence in 1955 with flashbacks to 1943.  In 1955, Serafina Bettini, a detective with the Florence police, is investigating the brutal murder of Francesca Rosati.  The Rosati’s, an Italian noble family, had an ancient villa that was virtually destroyed at the end of the German occupation in 1943.  When a second member of the Rosati family is found murdered in much the same way the race is on to find the killer before any more of the family is killed. Continue reading