Monthly Archives: March 2016



Bookbeat is a terrific independent bookstore in the near north suburbs of Detroit. What is so terrific is how it is a store stuffed with books. They are everywhere; browsing is unavoidable. One can spend hours there.


About a week ago or so I met my grandson and daughter there. He had a few days of school vacation and was on the look out for books. BookBeat usually has an over-the-top selection of young adult books and my grandson is ….you guessed it a sophisticated reader. Right now he says he is enjoying The Great Train Robbery. That is one of my favorite books of all time. (He may think it is impossible for us to like the same book.)


You will not be surprised to learn that he didn’t choose any book and I bought several.

I’m excited about the books I bought.


The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra.
You will probably hear more about this rather long nonfiction book. I loved the opening but it is about a strange time in America’s history, even more strange than I had known or imagined.


The Turner House : a Novel by Angela Flournoy. This National Book Award finalist has been recommended to me by several readers. I’m off to a fascinating start with this one.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is the National Book Award Winner. Bookstore staff told me it is a must read.

Sweet Thunder: A Novel by Ivan Doig. He is one of my favorite writers. This book like some of his others is set in Montana. But to my chagrin, as I began to read this book (it’s a paperback edition easy to take on the plane) I am quite sure I have read it before. Someone is likely to win this book in the next Fiction Book Give-Away. If you win and you don’t want to read this book, send me a quick e-mail. But Ivan Doig is a great author.

Why are you not surprised I had no trouble finding books to buy at BookBeat? I think they should give me freebies. Don’t miss their website.