The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Fun, wry, ridiculous love story set in the LA world of bookstores, quiz shows and freeways. Nina Hill is a wonderful introverted anxious young adult character  whose whole life is disrupted during the course of the book. An only child, she finds out she has a family about which she never guessed.  A bookstore employee, […]


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Historical fiction meets fantasy in this story of travel, adventure and friendship during the Victorian era. Merrick Tremayne, a botanist injured while smuggling opium for the East India Company, is sent by them to Peru to steal shoots from the “quinine tree” so that the Company will have its own supply. Merrick finds forests full […]


Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Golly, there are a lot of murders in Kembleford! And if it weren’t for clever, observant and somewhat nosy Father Brown of St. Mary’s Catholic church, played by the perfectly cast Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter), not a single one of them would be solved. Charm and period quaintness (early 1950s) abound in […]


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Based on the true stories of the brave and intrepid women spies of WWI, this novel flies with excitement, terror, dread. Told in two voices, that of the spy Eve Gardiner, code name Marguerite, as she is recruited and, in spite of enormous fear, acts with great ingenuity, and of Charlie St. Claire, an unmarried […]


The Flatshare

The Flatshare

Just want to button hole you and say, Read this great book! The Flatshare is a fantastic contemporary romantic comedy written by a millennial for millennial readers, but everyone will enjoy and learn from it. Tiffy is an underpaid editor at a Crafts & How To publisher looking for a fast way to move out […]


Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Carey

Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Carey

Written in a conversational style, like listening to the friend who starts stories in the middle, this memoir is of the year Lorene and her family shared their home with her 100 year old grandmother, so they could help her as she came to the end of her life. The story wraps the reader in […]


Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Highly acclaimed author Chabon can certainly turn a phrase, stretch out a cliff hanger escapade, and craft a metaphor that tips into the poetic. I wish he had restrained himself a bit in this semi-autobiographical novelization of his fascinating and enigmatic grandfather. The book could have been a good 25% shorter. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the […]


There’s Something about Sweetie

There’s Something about Sweetie

A lovely teen romance with South Asian American athlete protagonists.  Ashish is a star basketball athlete at his school but he’s lost his flow because of a bad break up with his ex girl friend. Sweetie is the star runner in her school, but she’s also carrying some extra weight. Her mother feels strongly (along […]


Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles

Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles

I so enjoyed Jiles’s more recent book, News of the World [2016], that I was eager to read one of her earlier works. This one is a good read though not a great one. It’s a coming-of-age story centered on young Jeanine Stoddard, the middle sister of three girls in a Texas family during the […]


The Bride Test

The Bride Test

The Bride Test is a wonderful romance, written by Helen Hoang, that sensitively deals with autism and immigration issues. Ms. Huong is herself on the autism spectrum and so can share with deep personal insight how that feels. She is also the daughter of a Vietnamese war refuge so she has insight into the Veitnamese […]