Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Over the years, I have enjoyed reading Amy Tan’s novels. She is a good writer, and I always feel transported by her words into the heart of China (or in … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Astray by Emma Donoghue (Fiction Donoghue)

I do not read much fiction, but I listened to an intriguing interview with Emma Donoghue on an NPR Books podcast recently. She spoke about her latest book, a collection … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (FIC COPLAN)

At first this novel reminded me of another, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, in which two reclusive bachelor farmers decide to take in a pregnant teenager who becomes like family to … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Monster by Dave Zeltserman (FIC Zeltserman)

I’ve always loved Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  The 1818 novel is a step above it’s contemporaries—those early Gothic novels that, while sometimes wonderfully lurid, are usually tedious all the same.  (Sorry … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Red Shift by Alan Garner (SF Garner)

In ancient Britain stragglers from a lost legion of the Roman army massacre a Celtic settlement at Barthomley.  They take a Celtic priestess prisoner and hide from retribution at a … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Free eBook Review: Jack Sheppard (1839) by William Harrison Ainsworth

Looking for some free books to fill your eReader?  You may already know that there are plenty of classics available as free downloadable eBooks, but if you explore enough you’ll … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Night To Remember, 100 years later

On April 14th, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink into the icy North Atlantic.  Whether you think of it as a study in engineering and … Continue reading

April 14, 2012 · 1 Comment