Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Walton takes the Victorian social novel to new levels by making dragons the main characters. Suddenly, all of the social conventions of the age are backed by biological necessities – the need to have gold for one’s hoard, the need to have a parent’s estate (that is, their body…) divided fairly so one can eat […]


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

The person who recommended this to me told me I would sob my eyes out at the end. I wasn’t that much of a mess but it is a lovely, touching story with both a sad and a triumphant ending. Jack and his family live on a farm in Maine. They agree to foster a […]


This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Back and forth in time, back and forth between narrators, this tale of guilt and redemption gradually reveals secrets, humor, scandals, love. Maggie O’Farrell’s books are always surprising and unpredictable, leaving the reader to make her own discoveries. What happens when a famous actress vanishes? When a language-loving linguist finds that words don’t always serve […]


9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes

9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes

How could shoe-lover like me pass up a title like this? Patricia Morrisroe is close to my age and, though she grew up on the East Coast in a Catholic school environment, we share many memories of that era’s fashion fads as well as a deep seated need to have the right shoes for the […]


Anna Hibiscus – Books 5 – 8 – by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus – Books 5 – 8 – by Atinuke

Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus!; Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!; Love from Anna Hibiscus!; You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus! all by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia Do you know Anna Hibiscus? Through her enthusiasm, you are introduced to “Africa, amazing Africa,” the wisdom of Anna’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and the escapades of her younger twin brothers, Double and […]


The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s darkest journey by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s darkest journey by Candice Millard

This reads like a gripping adventure novel but it’s actually a non-fiction account of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1914 journey down the River of Doubt, a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil. This exciting tale had me glued to my seat as Teddy, his son Kermit, and the rest of the members of the expedition fought their […]



Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

“Do you have what it takes to be the Greatest Chef in the Galaxy?” Step aside “Great British Bake Off” and “Top Chef,” there’s a new show in town and it airs in Space. Okay, so it doesn’t actually exist beyond the pages of author and illustrator Natalie Riess’ new book, Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume […]


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A delightful concept, wonderfully executed. Kell is a magician, one of the last with the power to jump between different versions of London, one of which exists in each different world. The three Londons we see (and the one we don’t) are all beautifully brought to life, as are the characters who inhabit them. Plus, […]


The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Debut graphic novelist, Thi Bui, offers the story of her family, spanning generations, and their eventual immigration to the US from Vietnam, in this fresh, visually stunning memoir. Each chapter is its own personal, reflective essay, borrowing moments and memories from Bui’s family timeline without oversimplifying any family member’s experience or time in Vietnam’s history. […]