The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

Terrific simple introduction to climate change that explains clearly how we got to this point in various industries  — Food (agriculture, meat production, fishing), Energy, and Earth (melting ice, rising waters, warming air). Hope Jahren (Lab Girl) is a scientist/professor and this is the content of her most frequently taught class; it’s fact based, non […]


Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

As an adult, Nathaniel tries to recover his memories and what they meant from his childhood during WWII. First deserted by their father and then their mother, Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, are left in the house with a stranger who is to care for them. Bit by bit, the house fills with shady, unexpected […]


Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this charming story, though I’m sure this will be just as delightful on the page, electronic or otherwise. Noel, raised by his well-educated, practical and rebellious godmother in London, becomes, after her death, a war evacuee and is settled with an anxious, uneducated, unsuccessful petty crook. Vera is not very […]


The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile

Riveting historical drama told by one of our nonfiction masters! Larson selected the first year (May 1940 – May 1941) of Churchill’s residence at 10 Downing Street to share in great detail his leadership and life as he set up the plan for winning WWII. Shows how critical brilliant leadership at the top is during […]


The Game of Birds and Wolves

The Game of Birds and Wolves

Wonderful WW2 story of the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and the retired Naval officer who led them to create a game that gave Britain the chance to reverse course and begin winning the Battle of the Atlantic! Full of thrilling naval battles and many fascinating details of some amazing women’s lives! After France fell […]


All You Can Ever Know

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung tells a beautiful story of the mystery of her birth and adoption simply and with deeply considered truth. Trans-racial adoption was both a great gift and also a burden for her. Terrific writing. (Ms. Chung is a magazine editor by day.) I especially loved her description of motherhood and birth preparation and how […]


House on Endless Waters by Emunah Elon

House on Endless Waters by Emunah Elon

Yoel Blum, a highly successful Israeli writer, is in Amsterdam for the first time since his mother fled with him and his sister during the Holocaust. Though he had promised his late mother never to return to Amsterdam, his publisher insists he be present for the launch of his newest novel. While there, Yoel wanders […]


Star Trek, the next generation

Star Trek, the next generation

(Written during the Spring 2020 Covid-19 crisis.) I have always been a Trekkie right from the get-go in the fall of 1966. I was already a sci-fi fan, and was blown away with how this TV show offered into a glimpse of the future. Granted the production was very much of its time–melodramatic acting, stereotypical […]


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 […]


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 […]