Tuesday - July 23, 2019

Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story

January 6th, 2018

Title: Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story  Available in paperback Author: Howard L. Hibbard Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Anyone who came of age during the era of the Vietnam War will resonate with this book. Curse of the Coloring Book tells the story of Herald Lloyd who, in the Fall of 1967 recklessly quits college to join the Army.  Once signed up, he mocks the war and his decision to sign up, with the purchase of a GI Joe Coloring Book and half-gallon of whiskey. Then, with his induction papers in his pocket, and along with a set of crayons stolen... Read More

Games of Make Believe Delivers Believability

May 6th, 2017

Title: Games of Make-Believe Author: Julie Ann Wambach Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW Given the book’s title, it makes sense that it opens with a “once upon a time” fairy-tale format. Chapter One, “A Past So Grimm,” begins: “Once upon a time, in an old house, way out in the Utah desert there lived many children. The mother was nice to her own two daughters. They were her favorites and she treated them like princesses. The mother was nasty to the other youngsters because they were stepchildren. She made them do all the work, and they hated Horrible Hannah.” Stepmother... Read More

Second Honeymoons Can Be Murder

April 26th, 2016

Second Honeymoons Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a Story (A Baby Boomer Mystery Book 6) Susan Santangelo http://babyboomermysteries.com Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes Susan Santangelo’s latest book continues the adventures of upstate New Yorkers Carol and Jim Andrews; typical Baby Boomers, except that Carol has an unusual habit of encountering dead bodies wherever she goes. Fortunately, with the help of her many friends – but not necessarily with help from the police – plucky Carol is always able to solve the crimes. As the story begins, we find Carol and Jim “canoodling”... Read More

Baby Boomer Reflections: Eighteen Special Years Between 1946 and 1964

June 12th, 2015

Baby Boomer Reflections: Eighteen Special Years Between 1946 and 1964 Author: Fred Arnow Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes All Baby Boomers share a cornucopia of iconic memories. Among them: We remember where we were when we heard that President Kennedy had been shot. In fact, many of us recall that our schools called assemblies once the story broke, and we all watched the rest of the news unfold via a black and white TV in the school gym. We were all in disbelief and shock, of course. Speaking of televisions, if you’re a Baby Boomer, you certainly recall watching your family’s... Read More

Class Reunions Can Be Murder — Every Wife Has A Story; A Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery

August 13th, 2013

Class Reunions Can Be Murder — Every Wife Has A Story; A Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery (Baby Boomer Mysteries) Kindle edition Author:  Susan Santangelo http://babyboomermysteries.com/ Reviewed for NABBW by:  Anne Holmes   This book, the fourth of her Carol and Jim Andrews cozies, continues the humorous Baby Boomer Mystery series featuring Carol Andrews and her beloved husband, Jim, who somehow seem to regularly run into dead bodies as they navigate life\’s highway toward their twilight years. This time around, the story begins as Carol’s fortieth high school reunion... Read More

The Crone Club (Volume 1)

April 18th, 2013

The Crone Club (Volume 1) Kindle Edition Author:  S.V. Peddle Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW The Crone Club is about a group of reunited school friends who, having reached their sixties, vow to face new challenges, achieve old dreams and just generally band together to get as much fun as possible out of their current stage of life. The novel begins with the women having gathered together for a school reunion, and chance to catch up on each other’s lives.  We quickly meet them and just as quickly relate to similar character types we knew when we were in school.  In this story, their... Read More