The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

It turns out that women are often extremely good at code-breaking or cryptanalysis as it is technically known, and this book tells the fascinating story of Elizebeth Friedman, perhaps the world’s best cryptanalyst of the 20th century. In 1916 she was hired by an eccentric tycoon, George Fabayan, to work at his private estate near Chicago […]


Contagion

Contagion

Thea, a Hevetz intern, and a small crew are hurtling through space responding to a distress call.  After two months of space travel and they land at a research site, they thought was long abandoned until now.  Once they arrive, the crew isn’t sure what they’ve stumbled upon, with blood smears and the dead bodies […]


Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Have you read Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo? This is the devastatingly beautiful sequel. You can read it without having read the previous book, but not matter what, read it. It is vintage Kate DiCamillo — loopy, sweet, painful, sorrowful and lovely. One of the best books I read this year.  I will recommend it […]


Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

Sweet “just beyond beginning chapters” book about a year in the life of  Flora Smallwood. Her dog has died and her parents are taking a breather from their marriage and she’s about to start 4th grade. This book is tailor made for those sensitive kids who don’t want bad things to happen, just like our […]


Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

This is a painfully moving picture books for adults and older teens, a poem written by Hosseini and illustrated by the very talented Dan Williams. The poem is a prayer spoken at night by the father of a young boy with whom he plans to cross the Mediterranean in an overcrowded raft to get to […]


Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S J Sindu

Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S J Sindu

According to Lucky, a young Tamil-American, “There’s a saying in Tamil that a thousand lies can make a marriage.” Lucky/Lakshmi is the wife of Kris/Krishna. They are both gay in a marriage that makes her acceptable to her family. His family has already rejected him. The lie is slowly killing Lucky who wants her family […]


Why We Sleep by Matthew P. Walker

Why We Sleep by Matthew P. Walker

Much of the stuff I thought I knew about sleep has had a major and often surprising up-date within the last decade or so due to the ever-increasing sophistication of brain imaging techniques (MRIs and the like). In his very readable book, Walker, a neuroscientist, reveals how some of the huge questions we have had […]



A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Hadia is the good girl, first-born and wanting to please her father, aiming for medical school to make him happy. Plain-spoken Huda, the middle child, adores her older sister and does not make waves. Amar, the son, questions everything. These first generation Pakistani-American children struggle to find peace and their place within the traditions of […]


After the Shot Drops

After the Shot Drops

Bunny and Nasir were always best buds on the court and off the court until Bunny accepted a scholarship to a rival school. Now Bunny and Nasir  barely speak or see each other and are enemies on the court.  Nasir feels betrayed and left behind and knows that on the court is one place he […]