Lay of the Land

Digging for Bees

“Forceps,” I called, and Therese placed the metal tool in my outstretched hand.  I pinched the sharp ends together and lowered it into the narrow opening, keeping my eyes trained on Continue reading



Atria, 2019. $28, 400 pages. PARKERSBURG, West Virginia, 1998. Robert Bilott, a young corporate defense attorney, is approached by a gruff cattle farmer named Wilbur Earl Tennant. Tennant is frustrated by Continue reading


One Long River of Song

Little, Brown, 2019. $27, 272 pages.  WHO WAS Brian Doyle? He was a hilarious writer and a heartbroken man. He was a scamp, and he was as close to a holy Continue reading