Family, Minnie's Potatoes, Reviews, Writing

Risky Business

Mickey, my brother.

Mickey, my brother.

My brother read my diary when I was eight, teased me at dinner in front of my parents and that was the end of the diary. It can be a dangerous business to register an opinion on paper. Words can be used against you in a court of law, or can cost you your head like journalist Danny Pearl. Parking your feelings about a person or persons on a blog or in black and white can generate a date in divorce court, or if luck is with you, can land you the Pulitzer Prize in literature.

So, when I sent Minnie’s Potatoes to this independent literary reviewer I was gambling on the Pulitzer. The next risk I’m taking is sharing the review with you.

“Milking every drop of drama from her narrative, LaZebnik loads it with vivid descriptions, thoughtful observations, and suspense… (The) author has a gift for evoking the luminous joys and dark pains that color every family as well as their way of life in a bygone era, making them seem as real and immediate as something that transpired only yesterday. ”

— Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of


Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of, uses his professional analytic skills honed during his 35-year law career to interview authors and review books. He accurately defines the essence of what makes a book great, and has reviewed hundreds of books since 2002.

Read Norm’s interview with Laurice (Hartman) LaZebnik and his full review of her new novel Minnie’s Potatoes.

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  • Reply Cheryll March 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Good for you, sending it off to be reviewed, brave woman. I agree with his opinion, great story well told.

  • Reply Laurice LaZebnik March 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Are you on the Pulitzer committee?

  • Reply Cheryll March 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Can you get me a spot? That would be fun.

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