A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka – Bookstore Review

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
Published by Mariner Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

It seems like every time I turn around, my bookseller friend Margie is beating me to the punch by reading a book that I’m dying to read. It makes for a lot of “oh my gosh you haven’t read (insert fabulous book here) yet? You have GOT to read it!” Then I usually buy a copy, but it on my personal TBR pile, and fail to get to it.

With “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True,” I am both ahead of and behind Margie. I was the first of the two of us to buy the book from The Bookstore, the first to realize that Brigid Pasulka was herself a Chicagoan (she teaches at a fairly prestigious Chicago Public School), and actually the one to suggest it to Margie a couple of weeks ago when nothing she had at home was catching her eye. And yet, Margie was the first of the two of us to read and review it.

The one nice thing about Margie reading a book before me is that I sincerely trust her recommendation and, depending on what she tells me, I can either move a book up on my list, or demote it. Based on her review today, “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” is a book that I am absolutely going to have to bump up towards the top of my list.

So please, definitely check out Margie’s fabulous review, and think about heading out and grabbing a copy of “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka yourself. Maybe we can do a readalong and force me to get going on it!

“A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka, reviewed by Margie from The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Brigid Pasulka’s website

Long Way Home by Laura Caldwell – Bookstore Review

Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him by Laura Caldwell
Published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Back when Margie and Sue, my fabulous bookseller friends, were helping me to plan this month devoted to Chicago Authors, we came across an upcoming nonfiction book by novelist Laura Caldwell. It turns out, Caldwell founded the “Life After Innocence” project after representing a young man named Jovan Mosely who was, as I understand it, coerced into a false confession, after which he went six years without his case being brought to trial. This first work of nonfiction, “Long Way Home” is Caldwell’s account of this case and how it changed both Mosely’s life and her own.

Margie and I both wanted to read this, but since she’s the lawyer, we agreed that she would be a better reviewer for it. I think this was a good choice, because she wrote a fabulous review of it earlier this week, which I highly encourage you to check out. Go ahead, I’ll wait:


Fascinating, yes?

I read just the first and last few pages of “Long Way Home” before passing it off to Margie, but I could already tell it was going to be an extremely interesting book. After reading Margie’s review, I’m really hoping I can snag it back from her soon!

In addition to this work of nonfiction, Laura Caldwell had previously written women’s fiction before turning to the mystery/thriller genre.

Laura Caldwell’s website

Other Books by Laura Caldwell:

“Red, White and Dead”
“Red Blooded Murder”
“Red Hot Lies”
“The Good Liar”
“The Rome Affair”
“The Night I Got Lucky”
“Look Closely”
“The Year of Living Famously”
“A Clean Slate”
“Burning the Map”