Notes from a Porch

Review by Glenda


Notes from the Porch
Tiny True Stories to Make You Feel Better about the World
By Thomas Christopher Greene
Rootstock Publishing
Montpelier, VT






in this mighty mini, Tom invited me to spend an afternoon with him as he introduced me to his neighborhood, his family, and his dog.





Moments of memories. This is the entirety of the book from the front cover to the back cover.
I had never heard of Thomas Christopher Greene before I picked this book out of a lineup of Memoirs on the virtual NetGalley shelf. I had just finished a bland novel and I was in no hurry for another.
I like porches, I want one, maybe there was one inside. There was, and Tom invited me to spend an afternoon with him as he introduced me to his neighborhood, his family, and his dog.
Like a nosey neighbor, I sat quietly absorbing the conversation Tom was carrying. I laughed out loud, I scoffed, I smiled, I mourned and then there were the parts I HAD to gossip about.
“This, here, listen to this…” I sat further up in my armchair, took a sip of water, and cleared my throat.
“Oh for goodness sake put you’re f’n phone down and listen to this…”
My husband looked up with one eye while the second one strangely stared down at his phone. I don’t know how he did that. It was enough. I proceeded…
Tom’s voice is uncluttered and a pleasure to hear. I truly love when an author can use few, poignant words, to completely draw the reader into their space. It was a complete pleasure to read this mighty mini. I was sad when I turned the last page, well… Happy to meet Tom’s face there, but damn sad it was done.
While the cover is nothing fancy. The title did draw me to read it out of all the other memoirs I was flipping through so that says something, and I was curious. Would these stories make me feel better about the world?
They did 😀
I rate Notes from the Porch a solid 4 out of 5 and I would recommend it for anyone who needs a break from, well, life. Tom’s life was nice to escape into. This book would also do well on your shelf or as a gift for visitors and friends who love a quick entertaining and enjoyable read. It’s definitely a book I will recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. it was a pleasure to read, and it’s a pleasure to review.




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