Author Archive for Betty Hafner

Five Holiday Book Ideas

‘Tis the season to drum up gift ideas, which will then be followed by the season to relax by the fire with a good book. Since I’ve read some good ones over the last year, I’d like to highlight these…

‘Lab Girl’ Written by Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren announces at the start of her award-winning memoir “Lab Girl” (2016) that “people are like plants; they grow towards the light.” As she rolls out the story of her rural Minnesota childhood, we understand how she chose science…

‘Vinegar Girl’ Written by Anne Tyler

If this review were for The New York Times, I’d surely have been reading Anne Tyler’s “Vinegar Girl” (2016) with a keen eye on noting similarities and differences to the original work, since it is based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming…