Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

One of the most intriguing characters in contemporary literature is back! Olive Kitteridge, whom we first met in Strout’s eponymous novel of 2008, is not the most likable woman. She’s got a Down East bluntness and speaks her mind, often sharply. Her inner thoughts are often nasty but she doesn’t let them out. She has […]


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

This award winning novel in verse, paints vivid, authentic pictures of life in the borderlands from the perspective of 7th grader, comics-loving, video game-playing, poem-writing, Güero. Bowles’ novel fluctuates between masterfully written free verse observations of Güero’s family’s life, friends’ antics, classroom and hallway lessons and Güero’s end rhyme poems, ballads, sonnets and haikus. Fans of poet […]


Pride of Eden

Pride of Eden

Eden is a wildlife sanctuary on the Georgia coast run by Anse Caulfield, an ex-jockey and Vietnam war veteran who uses all his military skills to save animals being mistreated in roadside attractions or private cages.  Malaya, a young Filipino-American, Iraqi War veteran, fresh from a gig hunting poachers in Africa, saves herself from PTSD […]


Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Suspenseful and with unexpected plot-twists, this novel kept me on edge. Frankie, her sister Toni and their brother Vito have been left at a Catholic orphanage in Chicago during the Depression. Their mother died and their father can’t afford to keep them. The ghost who watches Frankie has been dead since the Spanish Flu epidemic. […]


The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

Language mavens, read and forwynsumian. Ah, the play of words, the joy of vocabulary! Not only are Laurel and Daphne red-headed identical twins, they are named for the same Greek myth. They love the power and mastery of grammar and each other. The twins are surrounded by family and friends who are amazingly tolerant of […]


The Good Hawk

The Good Hawk

Thrilling debut novel of mythic, fantasy Scotland in the time of the Vikings that includes two very unlikely kids as the protagonists and heroes. Fierce, courageous Agatha is a Hawk, a watcher on the isle of Skye, born with a Down’s Syndrome- like condition. Timid, self-doubting Jaime is an Angler, but hates the sea. Both […]


The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

With a nod to Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” private detective Tess Monaghan is confined to her sofa during the final weeks of a high-risk pregnancy. Bored beyond belief, she mopes and watches with great envy the jolly collection of twice-a-day dog walkers she can easily see from her large picture window. As a trained observer of […]


The Best Lies

The Best Lies

The love of Remy’s life has been murdered by her best friend.  Now Remy must decide what the truth is. Her best friend Elise is the only person who really understood and empowered her and so it must have been a mistake when Elise shot Jack.  Bouncing back and forth through Remy’s life; different memories […]


The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Nuri was a beekeeper with his cousin Mustafa in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo before the civil war broke out in 2011 and he lost all he loved. His cousin left first but Nuri and his wife Afra were reluctant to leave the place where their families had lived for generations. Finally, they decided […]


How Not to Diet: the Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

How Not to Diet: the Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

If you are worn out trying to make sense of the dueling advice one gets about weight loss, each with a charismatic spokesperson, this might be your book. Dr. Michael Gregor, MD., FACLM, only writes about new and existing findings with multiple, double blind, placebo controlled studies behind it. Dr. Gregor set out to find […]