Skip to main content


Showing posts from December, 2019


Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

Book Review: The Dilemma by B. A. Paris

The Running Bibliophile's Thriller Book Challenge

Book Review: Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) by Janet Evanovich

Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Book Review: The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6) Created by Francine Pascal

Book Review: Golden Girl (Sweet Dreams, #169) by Jane Ballard

Book Review: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

Book Review: Good Sports (Horse Crazy, #3) by Virginia Vail