Silver Tongued Short Stories

Hello! It’s been a minute—it’s funny how a more active social life means (slightly) less time to read. Plus, when you work at a uni like I do, the spring semester is hectic, to say the least. But it feels so good to be back, let’s dive in. As y’all know, I love getting book [...]


Maybe Not a Monster, Definitely a Spy

This I read, no, flew through Matt Killeen's WWII thriller in two days, I couldn't put it down. Orphan Monster Spy is just so...good! And terrible...and engaging, and cringe-inducing. It's so nuanced and complex, if you're a lover of historical fiction that has some dark overtones, this is possibly the perfect book for you. [...]

Gifted Secrets

Imagine this--your kid is about to graduate and go off to "the real world," your favorite great-aunt-in-law dies, your spouse dies, and some historian writes you (it's present day, and as much as I love snail mail, it's not that common, let's be honest) about putting on an exhibition about your great-aunt. Well that's exactly [...]

Hannah’s Secrets

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Jan Eliasberg's WW2 historical fiction novel, Hannah's War! (Here's a link to the vlog review) Split between Germany, 1938, and New Mexico, 1945, readers learn of the work, and secrets, of Dr. Hannah Weiss. She's a brilliant Austrian-Jewish physicist who's been banished by her country, [...]

Author Profile: Jan Eliasberg

As a child, Jan Eliasberg could be found on her living room floor, reading the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review. She dreamed of writing, discovering her voice, finding stories to tell, and just maybe, getting her own books reviewed one day. “I think of myself as a storyteller,” she said. “Whether I’m directing a [...]

A Ballad Worth Telling

I think it's safe to say that if I come across a historical fiction, I'm going to like it. Alina: A Song for the Telling is no exception. Author Malve von Hassell is a wonderfully creative and detailed writer, so the book was an absolute joy. (Psst, while I've got you, I also have a [...]