Saturday, April 25, 2009

Book: The Yiddish Policemen's Union

This is a hard-boiled detective novel set in Sitka, Alaska. The town has been settled by Yiddish speaking Jewish refugees from Europe and the crime is the murder of a chess-playing, heroin addicted messiah figure. It was enjoyable, if a little difficult to follow.

My rating: *** (out of 5)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Book: "The Believers"

Audrey, the wife of a notable leftist New York attorney, considers herself a compassionate champion of underdogs. However, she acts like a shrew toward her daughters and as an enabler to her drug addicted adopted son. When her husband goes into a coma following a stroke, she meets Berniece, a former lover of her husband and mother to his young son. Meanwhile, daughter Rosa is exploring conservative Judaism and Karla finds herself attracted to the man who runs the newstand near her job. All threee must come to terms with the new information about their husband and father.

My rating: **** (out of 5)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Finished Object: Niepa's - Oops - Kimberly's Cardi

Pattern: Classic Cardigan from Essential Knits for Kids
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Needle Size: 4

Added 4/18/09: I sent this sweater to my grandson in Oakland, but it was too small. So I'm knitting another one in a larger size, and will give this one to my niece's daughter Kimberly.