Thoughts on “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery (Audiobook)

I’m not usually an audiobook fan. My attention tends to wander, and I end up having to backtrack and listen to the same thing over and over before I actually hear it. Sometimes the narrators are bland, and sometimes they’re a bit too overly dramatic. Just not my thing. At BEA, however, I picked up …

Thoughts on “A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian” by Marina Lewycka

“Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blond Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up …