I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

This is one of those gems of a kid’s book that adults will love. It’s packed with clever stuff that your 6-year old will get on one level and you will laugh at on another. It’s a perfect tool to teach the future generation the joys of irony, satire, parody, and what I call slightly […]


City of Spies by Sorayya Khan

City of Spies by Sorayya Khan

Coming of age in Islamabad, preteen Aliya lives a life of secrets and mysteries. Interpreting and misinterpreting the events that put her city at the crossroads of the Cold War, half Pakistani and half Dutch Aliya wonders where her place is and how she fits in. Is her best friend’s father a spy for the […]


Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Thanks to Masterpiece Theater and the film Imitation Game, many of us are familiar with the amazing code-breaking work done by our British allies at Bletchley Park outside London. At Bletchely a great chunk of the arduous decryption work was done by women–mostly young, well-educated, unmarried, and very eager to help the war effort. Here, […]


News of the World by Paulette Giles

News of the World by Paulette Giles

Tom Hanks is soon to play 72-year old Captain Kidd, veteran of the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. This kind-hearted gentleman travels from small town to small town in Texas, reading the newspapers from around the world in order to soothe people’s worries for just a little while, to take […]


Essex Serpant by Sarah Perry

Essex Serpant by Sarah Perry

A very literary and literate novel set in the 1890’s, focusing on both the religion and science of the period. A wealthy widow interested in fossils, a precise surgeon who makes a breakthrough in heart surgery, a rector at a church in Essex, a young woman who believes in fair housing, a mother entranced by […]


The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (2017)

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (2017)

If you love your historical fiction ancient, bloody, and well – researched, I highly recommend this first novel. Rangvald of Maer, a real Viking warrior who supported Harald Fairhair in his bid to become the first king of Norway, and Rangvald’s sister Svanhild are the main characters in this book, but the supporting characters are […]


Circling the Sun: a novel by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun: a novel by Paula McLain

I love biographies and historical fiction about women’s lives and was mesmerized by this historical novel depicting the adventurous life of famed aviator, Beryl Markham. Beryl grew up in colonial Kenya in the 1920s at a time when women’s lives were restricted both by British mores and the expectations of the time. Yet Beryl threw […]


The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Scared straight. After reading this horrifying, twisting, mystical story, I would NEVER do anything to land in a Juvenile Detention Facility though the crimes don’t define the characters (everyone is innocent, of course). Or they do (everyone is guilty, of course). The intersection of truth and memory is slowly revealed by the teenage girls who […]


The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (2017)

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (2017)

A sweet little book about how three people struggling with profound grief find each other.  The relationship between  Arthur (85 years old) and Maddy (18 years old) forms the core of the story. Gentle, supremely engaging, and nicely written, this novel is a gem, almost too good to be true. Terrific gift, great for book […]


Fast Food Genocide by Joel Fuhrman (2017)

Fast Food Genocide by Joel Fuhrman (2017)

How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It (subtitle) Great introduction to a Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) diet, with some astounding and fascinating (and very sad) historical information about the history of racism in this country and how it is entwined with food and misdiagnosis of food related illness. […]