Doing Sixty and Seventy

Gloria Steinem


I love Gloria Steinem. This book is an inspiration and a reminder that our intellectual life doesn’t end as we grow older. I feel better about turning 70 after reading this book. Go, Gloria!


Unsettled Spirits

Alice Duncan


The lovely Daisy Majesty is unsettled when she sees images in her crystal ball. She uses it as a prop in her spiritualist act, and she knows it isn’t real. The images, however, lead to the recovery of a lost man and the breaking up of an illegal distillery. Daisy is shaken by the experience but not enough to quench her detective leanings. She sets out to solve the mystery of people dropping dead at communion at her church, and the disapproval of  Det. Sam Rotondo is not enough to dissuade her from poking her nose into police business. Besides, the widow of one of victims has asked for her help.

The delight cozy mystery is the ninth in the series, and I will be sorry when I catch up to the author’s output and have to wait for the next one. The setting, 1920s Pasadena, is as charming as the characters who inhabit the books. Daisy is a delight.

Nine Women

Shirley Ann Grau


Whether it is only a matter of hours, as a women says goodbye to her summer friends, or a long life, these stories of nine women from all walks of life in New Orleans, will captivate you. Shirley Ann Grau’s deft writing and deep insight into a woman’s mind and heart make for captivating reading. Nine little gems collected into one book, these stories are well worth your time.