Hush by Eishes Chayil

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Please read this. Then pass it on. The subject is painful; everyone wants to hide from it, hide the knowledge of it from others. But children are being harmed and should be protected. Gittel, an eighteen year old girl, writes letters full of guilt to her dead friend, Devory, who killed herself when she was […]


African American Literature Discussion Group (AAL Book Club): “What We Lose”

African American Literature Discussion Group (AAL Book Club): “What We Lose”

  Zinzi Clemmons’ novel looks at the ongoing struggles faced by a fair-skinned African American women grappling with her mother’s death from breast cancer and her own trials of living inside a black skin and female psyche. Author, Zinzi Clemmons, is a 2017 National Book Foundation, 5 Under 35 honoree, whose work promises to leave […]



Inda, by Sherwood Smith

Inda, by Sherwood Smith

First in a series, this fast-paced and exciting book introduces a complex world filled with strong, unique characters. The plot itself is fairly simple: a young noble boy is sent to the martial academy, where he makes friends with the despised younger brother of the King’s heir – and then things spiral out of control. […]


Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Keiko is a part-time worker at a convenience store. She’s worked there since college. It is what she does and who she is. But everyone wants to “fix” her. They push her to get married or get a full-time job with greater responsibilities. She is an unusual woman which makes her family and friends uncomfortable. […]


The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Quick–who invented the light bulb? Thomas Alva Edison, you say instantly, with a shrug that says, geez, every school kid knows that.  Or, maybe, if you really know your technology history, you say George Westinghouse. Then a few of you might throw out Nikola Tesla’s name (yes, the fellow for whom the electric car is […]


Jane and Dorothy A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility by Marian Veevers

Jane and Dorothy A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility by Marian Veevers

Have you ever wondered how Jane Austin’s private life influenced her novels? Have you marveled at how constrained her heroines seem to be?  A beautifully written and easily readable dual biography illuminates Jane’s life in the context of another literary woman who had a great influence on the inception the romantic poetry, Dorothy Wordsworth. The […]


The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Here’s a sexy romance with a twist! The heroine is on the autism spectrum and the author is too; in fact, she was diagnosed just before she started writing. Ms. Hoang rewrites Pretty Woman as Pretty Man: A woman hires an escort — and falls in love. Stella is an econometrician who predicts customer behavior […]


Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Would you live forever if you could? Rachel and her lover Elazel have been living since they made a vow to give up their deaths in exchange for the life of their sick first-born son back in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Now, two thousand years later, Rachel has watched dozens of […]


Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

Conformity is smothering, rebellion is dangerous. Disobedience derails the lives of two Orthodox Jewish women, former friends and lovers. How can they learn to live with themselves when they are denied freedom of action, thought and belief? Can they stay in the community which is both stifling and nurturing? If not, what cost flight?