Church of Marvels, by Leslie Parry. Gritty Life Circus. A debut success. It does not rise to the lyrical edgy joy of Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus. This tale is more a ghastly version of Robertson Davies’ World of Wonders. Dark. But, glowing writing makes up for it. Turn of the last century saga of tortured tattered lives. Endurance. Wit. Finally. A novel worth reading. First one in a long time. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Kroll. Insipid at best. Terrible.
Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina. Classy stateswoman. National leadership quality. El Chapo chasing down el Trumpo. Oh oh. Woods and Dufner together practicing for the British Open. Are they gonna share Jason’s sexy ex-wife, too? Ray Donovan is back better than ever with a snide side of Katie Holmes.