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 […]


Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

A hopeful book about climate change: Bren Smith is a former fisherman and a failed (because of Hurricane Sandy) oysterman who invented a new kind of living from the sea, restorative ocean farmer. His crop of kelp and bivalves growing on ropes suspended in the water requires no inputs; it simultaneously draws down carbon, filters […]


Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

This is a quick entertaining read with a well-tied up ending though, since it only takes place over nine months in 1940 England, the characters will go on to have other war adventures. Written as diary entries and letters, we enjoy many first person accounts of how the war affects a small community of (mostly) […]


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Brilliant, career-oriented Alexa wouldn’t normally agree to be a stranger’s last minute wedding date but there’s just something about Drew. They have a great time at the wedding, but could there be something more between them than just fun and a mutual physical attraction? If you’re new to the romance genre and looking for something […]


Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Here is yet another tale of unsung heroism and the role of women being often discounted by both allies and enemies in times of war. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was a beautiful Parisian socialite in her mid-20s at the start of World War II. She was a smart, independent minded person and was in the perfect position […]


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

If you loved Gourmet Magazine, if you used the recipes, this book is for you. I felt like I was meeting again with old friends whenever a familiar name like Kempy or Sertl or Grimes appeared. The stories of the excess of money thrown around during the early 2000’s (Ruth had a clothing allowance, driver, […]


The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce

This book is like a body positive dinner party your lovely fat self is invited to attend (and with any fat allies you wish to bring as your plus one). Expect laughs, advice, vulnerability, art and a lot of new mentor friends by the end of the night. Come as you are. Leave any negative […]


The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The less that is said about this strange little book, the better. More like a short-story or an experience than a book, you will speed through this illustrated Murakami creation in a whirlwind. A surreal book that’s worth reading and a perfect quick read if you’re trying to fit in your January Read 2020 book […]


The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Like a kaleidoscope that is infinitely unfolding, this WW II tale of danger, daring and despair, brings into focus love and sacrifice in a cruel time. The plot revolves around several engaging characters, each one trying to do what is right in the face of great evil. Emotionally fraught, engaging and exciting, this is one […]


The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

I wonder if Jane herself would have chuckled at this modern adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.” I know I did. The sparkling wit and sharp social commentary are intact and the feature characters are all nicely represented but done so with very clever variations. The two sisters, Annie and Miranda, are middle-aged. Mom–Betty–is in her […]