I can hardly believe I haven’t written about this book/mini-series before, but a search of posts didn’t turn it up for me. So. #4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian, borrowed the book of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL from the store when she worked at…

Barbara Mertz, Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters. In case you don’t know (and I didn’t until I was middle-aged), they’re all the same person. Barbara Mertz, the woman’s born name, was a regular kid from Chicago who grew up to earn a PhD. in Egyptology. My…

Back when it came out in paperback, I read and LOVED Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN, because Mars. Also: potatoes. When I saw he had a new book coming out, I preordered it. Then I forgot I had preordered it and, as soon as it came…