The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin Taryn are mortals, born to mortal parents. As they have horribly demonstrated to them at the beginning of this exciting tale, their mother was at one time the consort of a brutal Faerie general. She fled from the world of immortals with her half and half child. Now Jude and her […]


Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li

Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li

This beautifully illustrated and simple to read book is an introduction to the pleasures and science behind forest bathing. The book is subtitled How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness. Forest bathing is not taking a bath in the forest; it is immersing yourself using all your senses in the forest. Clinical research […]


The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

There is a tiny Jewish community in Stockholm. When one of the community’s preschool teachers is shot dead by a sniper outside the school building; and when a few hours later, two ten-year-old boys are reported missing, police detectives Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman think at first that there’s a killer/kidnapper terrorist targeting Jews. The […]


Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Why this offering from Australian crime writer Jane Harper is not cataloged as mystery, I haven’t a clue (pun intended). There’s a cold case, a serial killer, a missing person, a couple of bodies and a couple of detectives. There’s a complex but linear plot and a nice cast of characters (read: those with motive). […]


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

This is a classic because it’s so much fun! There is an unjustly accused, unjustly condemned, unassuming young man and his bereft beautiful fiancée. There are the dastardly cowards who framed him. There is daring escape, revenge served cold and deadly, untold wealth, poison, duels, midnight escapes, murders, thwarted and reunited young lovers. Above all, […]


The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Wow! Talk about role reversal. Or the Battle of the Sexes. The phrase topsy-turvy comes to mind. It’s what happens when young women, age 15 and up or so, awake one day to find that they have the power to, well, zap people. From a gentle tingle delivered during a romantic encounter to a massive […]


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Education is something many of us take for granted, and something we assume is denied only to those too poor or too disadvantaged to acquire. It’s easy to believe that never happens in the United States but Westover’s moving memoir proves that assumption wrong. Westover grew up in rural Idaho the daughter of survivalist Mormon […]


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect house, the perfect suburb. The Richardsons—Elena, Bill and their four teenage kids live in Shaker Heights, Ohio. It’s the late 90s and the family prides itself on its progressive attitudes, their planned (mostly by Elena) and orderly lifestyle. Elena works for the local paper, Bill is a […]


Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown’s terrific Gods of Howl Mountain is Southern literary fiction full of action, brooding power and grace. Brown has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, and Charles Frazier. Rory is a young disabled Korean War veteran, who works for a mountain bootlegger transporting liquor illegally to bars and flop houses. He lives with […]


Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Grandmothers in love! This is a wonderful black queer love story that started as a Kickstarter campaign garnering triple the support needed. Every age will enjoy hearing Hazel and Mari’s story,  including teens and mature tweens. Two strong African American women who meet cute just before high school (at a church bingo hall, naturally), separate […]