“Spare Change,” by Bette Lee Crosby

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan Award-winning author Bette Lee Crosby is a prolific writer who has penned six novels in the last six years. Her latest work of fiction is Spare Change, the story of a troubled orphan and an independent older woman. Susanna Doyle dreams of becoming a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in […]

Wild Girls, by Mary Stewart Atwell

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan. Swan River, nestled in the Appalachian valley, is known for its poverty, its exclusive all-girl academy, and its wild girls who occasionally go on murderous rampages. Having grown up in Swan River, Kate Riordan has seen firsthand what the defunct mill town does to people. She calls the inhabitants deadnecks. “It’s […]

“Whispering Tides,” by Guido Mattioni

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan. Italians Alberto Landi and his wife, Nina, love to travel, and their favorite destination is Savannah, Georgia. In fact, they go there so often that they are made honorary citizens by Savannah’s mayor.  When Nina dies, Alberto can no longer live in Italy because the memories of her are too painful. […]

Patricia O’Sullivan Interviews Charity Hawkins

PO: Why did you decide to homeschool your children? CH: My story is a lot like Julianne’s in the book. We knew a lot of people who homeschooled, and my husband liked the idea. He’s a very quiet, non-opinionated person, but he had an opinion about this! So, I figured I’d try it for a […]

“The Homeschool Experiment,” by Charity Hawkins

Charity Hawkins, 2012, Familyman Ministries, 229 pp, $12.99, 978-1937639068 Review by Patricia O’Sullivan. Julianne Miller, the protagonist of The Homeschool Experiment, a novel, homeschooled her three children last year with mixed results. This year she is determined to do better. With a little organization, lots of patience, and a network of supportive friends, Julianne learns how […]

“Diary of a Mad Fat Girl,” by Stephanie McAfee

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan High school art teacher Graciela ‘Ace’ Jones thinks she has a big derriere, but in her hometown of Bugtussle, Mississippi, Ace is better known for her big mouth. In fact, Ace’s rants are famous in Bugtussle – like the time she stood up to a pack of mean girls bullying her […]

Remember Ben Clayton, by Stephen Harrigan

Click to Buy  Remember Ben Clayton By Stephen Harrigan Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan        After learning that his only child, Ben, has died on a World War I battlefield in France, Lamar Clayton’s grief drives him to come face to face with the haunting memories of his childhood. Lamar commissions a statue of Ben, […]

Edward Cohen Offers Jewish Perspective on Civil Rights Movement

     SLR contributor Patricia O’Sullivan shares her favorite Father’s Day gift. Click to Buy      “The Peddler’s Grandson by Edward Cohen,” Patti says. “It’s a fascinating memoir of growing up Jewish in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights era. It is also about trying to escape the identity thrust upon you by your parents.”