Entries by Jay Ruud

The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny Leïla Slimani (2018) Leïla Slimani won France’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for her 2016 novel Chanson Douce (literally “Sweet Song”).  She is the first Moroccan woman to be so honored, and at the age of 35 became the face of French literature. French president Emmanuel Macron even asked her to […]

Maggie’s Original Cookie Company

Review No. 165: Maggie’s Original Cookie Company 2850 Prince Street, Suite 17 (501) 336-9600 74.5 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: After a ladies-who-lunch outing with my mom and a friend, I wanted to take a little sweet treat home to my husband, so I pointed the car toward Maggie’s, a cookie-making […]


Catch-22 Hulu (2019) Okay, I know this is my week to review a book, but I’m putting a bit of a twist on it and reviewing a currently streaming miniseries made from a book. And not just a book: the novel that in my own humble (well, not all that humble) opinion is the greatest American […]

Hole in the Wall Cafe

Review No. 164: The Hole in the Wall Cafe 1016 Markham Street (501) 205-1325 73.5 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: We were looking for some southern cooking for my Missouri-native mother during the waning weeks of her annual Arkansas visit from South Dakota. Of course, we knew this was the opportunity […]

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home Jon Watts (2019) Jake Gyllenhaal was at one time tapped to replace Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 because Maguire’s health problems threatened to scuttle the film, and Raimi wanted someone who resembled Maguire to take over the part. But Maguire recovered to star in that blockbuster and Raimi’s third installment […]

Rolled Up Ice Cream Shop

Review No. 163: Rolled Up Ice Cream Shop 1100 Bob Courtway Drive Suite 12 73.6 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation He Said: We’d just eaten a Sunday-after-church meal at Mike’s Place and decided to go to this Rolled Up Ice Cream place for dessert on the way home. It’s been open about […]

Mr. Catherine

Mr. Catherine Stacey Margaret Jones (2019) Mr. Catherine is a contemporary thriller about a woman who has gone missing from a jogging path in Little Rock, written in the vein of Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, and there is no denying that the plot surges forward at a pace that seems to pick up speed exponentially […]

Shark’s Fish and Chicken

Review No. 162: Shark’s Fish and Chicken 2655 N. Donaghey Avenue (501) 358-6737 73.5 percent finished reviewing Conway restaurants   The Situation She Said: I had been watching our twin grandsons all day when I texted He Said to ask about dinner plans. He said we needed a review meal, so I looked up Shark’s and […]