Review: 'Miss Benson's Beetle,' by Rachel Joyce
“Miss Benson’s Beetle” by: Rachel Joyce; Dial Press (368 pages, $18 paperback)———Like the 1939 movie version of “The Wizard of Oz,” Rachel Joyce’s new novel, “Miss Benson’s Beetle,” starts out in black and white and then opens up into glorious Technicolor.In 1950, World War II is over but England remains grim and gray, with food and goods still rationed and everybody ground down. “Streets were lined with broken buildings … you could go miles on the bus and not see a flower. Or blue sky.”Middle-aged schoolteacher Margery Benson is chafing at her dreary life, which feels like it’s over before it...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
NXIVM sex cult funder Clare Bronfman wants to be released after only a week behind bars
NEW YORK — NXIVM cult funder Clare Bronfman has barely been in jail a week and she’s already asking a federal judge to let her out.The Seagram’s heiress, who’s being held the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, requested Thursday that she be released from custody while she appeals her 81-month sentence.Her lawyers took issue with the stiff sentence of more than six years, since federal prosecutors only asked for five years.“Her sentence of eighty one months of imprisonment is disparate with the sentences received by other individuals who pleaded or were found guilty of similar non-viole...
New York Daily News
The top 15 books we're looking forward to this autumn
And just like that, the summer of COVID has become the autumn of COVID. And we are all looking forward — perhaps with trepidation — to the winter of COVID, which is looming just around the bend, grinning fiendishly.Fortunately, there is a lot of great reading coming up to keep us fascinated, stimulated and engaged as we huddle at home and wait for a vaccine. Here are 15 of the don’t-miss books coming out between now and the end of the year:“Jack,” by Marilynne Robinson. The fourth novel set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Robinson, “Jack” is the story of th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
National Rum Day: Sebastian couple travels the world for the love of rum
ORLANDO, Fla. — How did a pair of hockey fans from Maryland come to own one of the largest private collections of rum in Florida? It started with a single, cheap bottle. “It’s called Sunset Very Strong Rum,” said Joe Horstkamp, “but the locals just call it ‘strong rum.’”Horstkamp and his wife, Myssi Davis, were on their honeymoon to the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent. Fans of rum but only ever having what Horstkamp calls “starter rums” (“Your Bacardis, your Captain Morgans,” he explained), the couple decided to visit the St. Vincent distillery on their vacation. That’s where they first encou...