Death in Kashmir by M. M. Kaye

Death in Kashmir by M. M. Kaye

M.M. Kaye is best known for The Far Pavilions (which is also a terrific book!), but she also wrote a series of mysteries, all set in the locations she herself lived in during her husband’s varied military career. All are enjoyable, if typical of their era, and are comparable to Agatha Christie’s work. Kaye’s work stands […]



Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks

Even though this book was originally published in the 1990’s, it still offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Muslim women in such countries as Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Brooks interviewed both fundamentalist and feminist women throughout the Islamic world to find out what life is like behind the veil. She examined […]


Word by Word by Kory Stemper

Word by Word by Kory Stemper

Among the many different senses (i.e., meanings) of the word “wit,” in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition there are a couple that apply perfectly to this author. “Clever or apt humor; a witty utterance or exchange.” It’s a synonym for humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, and repartee. Stemper’s very readable, sometimes laugh-out-loud exposition on how […]


The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (2016)

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (2016)

I started reading this book because I thought the “secrets of the world’s happiest country,” could help me construct my post children life. However reading Helen Russell’s book stirred up more political thoughts: Danes are happy because they have guaranteed health care, excellent low cost childcare, paid maternity & paternity leave, an excellent educational system […]


Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

First in a series about Peter Grant, a mixed-race London constable who seems doomed to a life of low-stakes departmental paperwork…until he interviews a murder witness who just happens to be a ghost.  Before he knows it, he finds himself apprenticed to Scotland Yard’s resident wizard, learning magic, and mediating disputes between the city’s gods. […]


It Takes a School by Jonathan Starr (2017)

It Takes a School by Jonathan Starr (2017)

In 2008, a brash American hedge fund manager decides to make his mark in providing great education to the best students in Somaliland, an autonomous state within Somalia. Despite nearly getting his school closed and himself deported through his ignorance of the culture, he does triumph in the end through his students. who win scholarships […]


The Divine Dance: the Trinity and Your Transformation

The Divine Dance: the Trinity and Your Transformation

In tackling the mystery of the Trinity, Franciscan Richard Rohr goes to the most foundational yet elusive of Christian doctrines and explores it in ways that connect it powerfully to just-as-foundational and equally hard to articulate human experiences. Rohr animates the dry, lifeless words of (much of) theology with passion and creates a sense of […]


A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena De Blasi

A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena De Blasi

Writer/chef Marlena De Blasi tells the incredible and captivating story of her late-in-life romance with and marriage to a Venetian bank manager, Fernando, who fell in love with her the moment he saw her in the Piazza San Marco. Although he didn’t have the courage to speak to her, a year later when she returns […]


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A remarkable debut novel by a young author born in Ghana, raised in America. Her sweeping family epic takes us back to the beginning of the monetized, transcontinental version of the slave trade in Africa in the mid-1700s and offers a multi-faceted view of history, culture, and, along the way, shatters many myths held as […]