The Ant-icipation Is Over: ‘Juan Hormiga’ Is Here!

I’ve been watching a lot of foreign-language television lately. (Confession: I do love good television.) It seems that all of a sudden there is a plethora of non-American shows to watch, and it’s wonderful. One night I may watch a Danish show, another night a show from Sweden or Mexico. The style is so different … Read more The Ant-icipation Is Over: ‘Juan Hormiga’ Is Here!

Quiet No More: Sen. Hirono’s Immigrant Journey Fuels Her Fire In Congress

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), says her immigrant journey, detailed in a new memoir, has driven her to “stand up to bullies.” Samuel Corum/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Samuel Corum/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), says her immigrant journey, detailed in a new memoir, has driven her to “stand up to … Read more Quiet No More: Sen. Hirono’s Immigrant Journey Fuels Her Fire In Congress

‘The Light Of The Midnight Stars’ Doesn’t Shine Brightly Enough

The Light of the Midnight Stars has a dreamy quality which makes me think it best read with the curtains drawn and a candle lit, surrounded by comforting objects of home. Rena Rossner’s second novel invites us to examine what home is, when hatred and the threat of being displaced is a constant. How to … Read more ‘The Light Of The Midnight Stars’ Doesn’t Shine Brightly Enough

‘The Elephant of Belfast’ explores love, loyalty, and tragedy

It was the assignment of a lifetime for an aspiring young zookeeper: Helping guide a young elephant from a moored steamship at the Belfast docks to her new home at the zoo.  From that first unusual scene, we’re enveloped in the personalities and the world of “The Elephant of Belfast,” S. Kirk Walsh’s breathtaking novel … Read more ‘The Elephant of Belfast’ explores love, loyalty, and tragedy