The Silence of Medair/Voice Of The Lost, by Andrea K. Host

The Silence of Medair/Voice Of The Lost, by Andrea K. Host

What if you were the hero promised by legend – and then failed?  Medair an Rynstar was supposed to be that hero, but a critical error at what should have been her moment of triumph means that she has awoken 500 years after the invasion she was meant to stop.  Now, the country she loves […]


City of the Mind by Penelope Lively

City of the Mind by Penelope Lively

Divorced London architect Matthew Halland follows the building boom of the 1990s and the push to renovate old structures in his beloved city with amazement and trepidation. When he gazes at a site, he can imagine the people who used to be there, he can almost sense their ghosts, approving or not of the changes. […]


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (2017)

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (2017)

Pashmina is the first graphic novel wholly created (written and illustrated) by an Indian American. It is a beautiful feminist coming of age story about a teenager who learns about her mother’s difficult choices in India. Full of magical realism (the pashmina transports her in full color images to a legendary India), this story is also […]


The Nutcracker in Harlem by TE McMorrow (2017)

The Nutcracker in Harlem by TE McMorrow (2017)

Here’s the perfect holiday book for girls who love the Nutcracker story or ballet. A  young girl during the Harlem Renaissance learns (while dreaming of the Nutcracker)  to stand up and join in the music making by playing the drum!  The illustrations by James Ransome are gorgeous and bring this period of history to life. […]


Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi

Talk about a book packed with surprising humor, Andrea Tsurumi’s chaotic, surreal, and joke-a-second Accident!  has page after page after page of comical mayhem with visual puns galore.  An animal named Lola stumbles quite literally over the title of the book, causing a mess that makes her race to the library to hide.  As she runs down the street she encounters other […]


Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

This lovely graphic novel set in the mid-19th century, is reminiscent of E.B.White’s animal adventures, particularly Stuart Little. The unnamed (until the very end), orphaned main character mouse is looking for work and a home and unintentionally winds up on Monet’s estate in Giverny, France. Also on the property is a friendly mouse family who […]


Warcross

Warcross

Hacker and bounty hunter Emika Chen is short on cash and options.  When she hacks into the world championship game of Warcross, an online game everybody plays, she can’t pass up an opportunity to grab a power up equal to her monthly rent payment.   It was grand opportunity, but once she grabbed the power up […]


Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

This book swept the major science fiction awards when it came out, winning the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, BSFA Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Award – and all of them well-deserved.  It’s a terrific concept, and executed to perfection. The world-building is comprehensive and engaging, and the author’s ability to convey the experience of […]


Night Film: a novel by Marisha Pessl

Night Film: a novel by Marisha Pessl

While I know this isn’t great literature, I loved the way this book carried me away and pulled me into a dark world where you never knew just what was going to happen. It’s a great escapist story with an underlying humor, lots of twists and turns, and a one-damn-thing-after-another plot that will keep you totally […]


Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

March 30, 1924. Mothering Sunday–what the English called Mother’s Day back then, a day when those in service–maids, cooks, etc.–were given the day off to go visit their mothers. Jane Fairchild, the Nivens’s housemaid, was a foundling and has no mother to visit, but she does have a lover. Paul Sheringham is his name. He’s […]