Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson

Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson

When Ann Arbor bookstore owner Gustafson set up a small desk upon which he placed typing paper and a blue Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter (vintage 1963) he created a portal into the minds of his customers.  Confronted with a blank page people tend to type something. Sometimes it’s just a random cluster of letters, maybe […]


The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Naomi Cottle finds lost children. She finds abducted children.  She finds trapped children. Though only in her late 20s, Naomi is exceptionally good at her job. Hired by desperate parents who refuse to give up hope and working with stymied police departments, she seems to have a special instinct for following the trail of an […]


22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

This moving novel takes us to post-World War II England where Jaunsz and Silvana Nowak and their 6-year old son Aurek are finally reunited after spending the war years apart. After Poland was conquered by the Germans, their lives became ones of desperate survival. Silvana’s story, especially, is one of unspeakable experiences and hardships for […]


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Victorians weren’t all prudish, repressed, unfeeling, dismissive of new ideas. Like the characters in this entrancing book, they were often overrun by their various passions, be they escape or scientific discovery or good works.  Cora, released by the death of her sadistic husband, uses her new freedom to run from London in search of […]


The Tangled Tree A Radical New History of Life

The Tangled Tree A Radical New History of Life

David Quammen is one of our best science writers! He tackles the recent discoveries in molecular biology that have changed our understanding of evolution and life’s history. He focuses on the discovery of the archea as the 3rd branch of life (with bacteria and eukaryotes of which we are a part) and the discovery of […]


Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

This is book is a mind-opener! Irving grew up in a upper middle class suburb of Boston in the 60s and 70s. Well-educated and self-identified as a “good person,” she writes a brutally honest assessment of how she grew to become a person who takes action to contribute to racial justice rather than mindlessly letting […]


The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

History. mystery, art, fun, murder, food, really rich people and the people who want to sell things to them. A missing painting by Watteau named The Improbability of Love is found, put up for auction, stolen.  Annie, a young woman  in London suffering from a broken heart, comes across a dirty old painting in a […]


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 […]


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 […]