Cover art of Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead

Wed., Jan. 2
Three Parts Dead is a murder mystery, a brilliant court case, and an unrivaled entry into a new world, that of The Craft Sequence.  In this world the currency is soulstuff, the thing that makes beings alive, and it is also the power behind magic, and behind the Gods.  Craftspeople, wizards by any other name, are lawyers in their precision, their use of contracts and…
Cover art of The Reckoning by John Grisham

BEST OF BARD: NOVEMBER 2018

Thu., Dec. 20
The Reckoning By John Grisham DB 92511 / CL 19010 Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's, favorite son--World War II hero, patriarch of a prominent family, farmer, and Methodist church member. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018. The Money Shot…
Cover art of The Milk Lady Of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan

Got Cows?

Mon., Dec. 17
When I find myself in search of a new book I pop on over to Goodreads for inspiration. One day while poking around, I came across a book with a cow on the front encircled by flowers. Intrigued (and judging a book by its cover…) I clicked on it to read further and found it was a memoir. After reading a passage about an impatient…

New Year Resolution

Fri., Dec. 14
It is that time of year again to reflect on how well I did with the past year resolution and start to plan new ones for the upcoming year. This year one of my resolutions was to read War and Peace and I am sad to say I only made it to page 800. I have already decided that part of my 2019 resolution will…
A ballet dancer holds up a nutcracker

Sugar Plum Fairies Dancing in My Head

Tue., Dec. 11
It happens to me a lot this time of year. I hear a few notes from one of the iconic melodies and, suddenly, I’m backstage in the wings awaiting my turn to join the other pirouetting dancers onstage. If I’m not transported to memories of my past, hearing the melodies will have me twinkle-toeing it up and busting out some fancy footwork in the privacy of…

Life Is What You Make Of It

Sat., Dec. 8
It is surprising how movies have started influencing what our reading lists look like. I have always observed that reading a novel is quite different from watching a movie. Sure, visual effects are pleasing to our eyes but the characters that grow in our imagination when reading a novel are far more colorful and realistic than the ones on screen. I must confess that John…
Map from the book Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck

Travels With Charley: In Search of America (and a good road trip book)

Wed., Dec. 5
“We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” - John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley Somehow having managed to skip any Steinbeck in high school, I had always imagined his work to be somber, serious and dry. But on a recent road trip from Pittsburgh to Memphis, friends brought along the audio version of his road story, Travels with…
Cover art of A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Two Quaint Holiday Stories by Truman Capote

Tue., Nov. 27
Tis the season, as I reluctantly accept it.  I’m not officially in the Holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving, even if the retail world wants me to be.  With the holidays comes a lot of media traditions, whether its listening to the old Christmas record, watching a specific movie, or enjoying a certain book.  Two holiday titles that I love and put me in the spirit…

Two Art Shows for Visitors with Visual Disabilities

Fri., Nov. 23
Somatosensory 2018 has opened at Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Organized in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, this tactile art show features 14 works by local artists in various media and visitors are encouraged to explore each piece through touch.  In addition, each artist has recorded a statement about their work, some descriptive of the creative process, others about the…
Cover art of Robert B. Parker's Colorblind by Reed Farrel Coleman

BEST OF BARD: OCTOBER 2018

Tue., Nov. 20
  Robert B. Parker's Colorblind By Reed Farrel Coleman DB 92105 / CL 18089 After a stint in rehab, Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is confronted by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes. Meanwhile, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority--namely, Jesse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018. The Outsider:…