The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

I listened to this charming story of a young man, unexpectedly pushed into being Emperor of the Ethuveraz, learning to govern while earning his own and others’ respect. Maia, the son of the late Emperor, an imperious and cruel man who is killed in an airship crash, along with the three sons he acknowledges, had […]


Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

This is a slim volume, part reminiscence about the Waldorf Astoria’s recent history before the Anbang remodel began, part fascinating, deeply researched introduction to honey bee life. Strong recommendation for anyone interested in pollinators! Lesley Day is a New York City naturalist who authored 3 field guides to the NYC natural world and she writes […]


Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

Not all lead characters in Elinor Lipman novels are charming, some you want to strangle, but the way in the which they complicate their lives makes for a good time. Daphne, recently divorced, is floundering. She decides to clean out her apartment of that which does not give her joy, including the small town high […]


The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers a tense, well-paced novel set in a forested region populated mostly with vacation cabins and a few permanent homes. Detective Louise Ricks has been newly appointed to head the Special Search Team–a missing persons task force that also handles cases with unidentified victims. Her first case turns out to be […]


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Free will and the freedom to use it are all that Sancia , twenty year old resourceful orphan, wants. Oh, and enough money to buy food for herself. This latest thieving job is way overpaid so she is sure to have enough food for a good long time.  It sounds like it will be easy. […]


The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

A modern Indian Canadian woman bows to her beloved grandmother’s desire to play matchmaker for her, moving in the direction of an arranged marriage, with disastrous results. Sonya Lalli excels in sharing the experience of being a 20 – 30 something Canadian of Indian extraction coping with both traditional and modern pressures all at once. […]



The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not a book about a particular library book. It’s a book about a particular library and libraries in general. Orlean, critically acclaimed for “The Orchid Thief,” has re-opened the case of the catastrophic fire of 1986 that immolated most of the contents of the large Los Angeles […]


The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

Chaya and Asher’s story circles around and runs through the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The two, immigrants from the old country, flee the midwest farm where they have landed to come to find their fortune in the big city. Chicago, recovered from the Fire of 1871, is booming. The factories, stockyards, sweatshops, brothels employ thousands of […]


Ballet : the definitive illustrated story

Ballet : the definitive illustrated story

This is big, beautiful book is the thing for ballet geeks. It’s designed for the coffee table because it’s a book you pick up and just love to page through again and again. The evolution of the art form, the dancers, the choreographers, the composers, costumers, set designers, the dance companies, the glorious theaters–it’s all […]