Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Told through the lens of his own family, Vance reveals the disintegration of an American subculture. The steep decline evidenced most dramatically since the Depression of 2008 affected the  proud, insular folks whose forebears originally settled the Appalachian southeast. By tracing his grandparent’s journey from the holler in Jackson, KY to a better life in Middletown, […]


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A compulsively readable and fast-paced story about a man whose family have been miners below the surface of Mars for generations. They believe they are helping to terraform Mars so it will one day be inhabitable for others, but Darrow discovers it’s all a lie – Mars has been habitable for centuries, and his people […]


My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

I love Sophie Kinsella’s books because they always make me laugh out loud. Her characters are fun and have a lot of heart. They always manage to get themselves into sticky situations and then make their way out of them with a happy ending for all at the end of the book. My Not So […]


The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

River of Kings is a daring, violent quest  following 3 different strands of story down the Altamaha River including one from 1564 and one from today — and a mystery that mirrors and haunts the other two; this book is also written in gorgeous muscular prose that makes the river itself a powerful character in […]


Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

If you are a fan of suspenseful novels that hover right on the line between fiction and mystery, then let me introduce you to Chevy Stevens. The author of five previous novels (Still Missing, Never Knowing, Always Watching, That Night and Those Girls), Stevens is a master at weaving stories with wonderful characters placed in […]


Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

She calls herself Stella Bain, but is not sure it’s really her name. She can’t remember much when she awakes in a French military hospital near the front during World War I after three days of unconsciousness. She is injured but will heal. Stella does know that she’s not French–most likely American based on her accent. She knows […]


Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

A genre-busting mix of steampunk, Western and thriller, with a dash of real history. The story is narrated in the distinct, first-person voice of a “seamstress” (aka saloon girl) named Karen Memery, and populated with a terrific collection of vivid and diverse characters that will keep you hooked throughout!  Together, Karen and the other employees […]


Marie’s Mind for Murder

Marie’s Mind for Murder

German detectives Marie Brand and Jürgen Simmel are indeed an odd couple. Their May-December partnership (she’s 50-ish, he’s 30-ish) makes for a lot of generational miscommunication that lends a comic and zany air to the very serious criminal investigations they handle.  But Marie soon realizes that Jürgen’s daring-do and quick-footed abilities are truly useful (and […]


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Addie and Louis are elderly acquaintances in small town Holt, Colorado. They strike up an unusual friendship, sharing a bed at night to talk and hold hands in order to conquer their nighttime blues. People gossip, relationships are tested and built. This lovely story is a fitting final book for the author of the quiet […]


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In pre-revolutionary Russia, the iconic Hotel Metropol, situated across the square from the Kremlin, embodied all that was elegant and luxurious. Of course, then its clientele consisted of the wealthy, titled and famous from all across Europe. In 1922, however, the Communists ruled, and the hotel, while still the epitome of elegance, became the place […]