Saturday, April 20, 2024


Title: Notes from the Porch

Author: Thomas Christopher Greene

Publisher: Rootstock Publishing

Pages: 28

My GoodReads Rating: ⭐

Notes from the Porch consists of vignettes that the author shared on social media during the pandemic. Apparently, he received a great response to them back then, hence this book.

The tagline is Tiny True Stories to Make You Feel Better about the World. I think that part was too ambitious a title.

I didn’t think much of the first vignette, but gradually I began to warm towards them.

Some were cute but most were forgettable. A few touched my heart. Neighborhood Boy, all six vignettes of it, was adorable. It presented an image of the innocent childhood of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The book needed to be proofread better. Purest is spelt as purist. Also, what’s a gauntlet of waiters supposed to be?

My favourites were Cinderella; On Baseball; Magic; The Ghost in You; Quarantine; Romance Is a Gentleman, and Neglected Gardens #2.

Number 43, Our Girl Jane, threw it out of the ballpark. The story of baby Jane and her response to her Dad’s reading of the story broke my heart with the quote, The sentience of it, how much more a baby knows than we think they should.


(I read this book on NetGalley. Thank you to the author, the publisher and NetGalley.) 


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