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. […]


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The first in an epic fantasy/alt-history series, centered around a courtesan/spy in a fantasy version of medieval France. More political intrigue than Game of Thrones, sex that makes 50 Shades of Grey look like a kid’s book, and writing that would make poets weep with envy!


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is 30, single, and very odd. She’s bright but not so good at socializing. She has a good job in accounts receivable and a steady, if lonely, routine. She does like to drink vodka on weekends, and she has a complicated but regular relationship with her mum…a phone relationship only. Eleanor also has a […]


Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

One of the most tender and horrifying final scenes I’ve ever read ends this modern remake of Antigone.  A tightly-knit English Muslim family, already tainted by terrorism, attempts to live with a semblance of normalcy. The three adult children are moving on with their lives in London, Massachusetts and the Middle East though always with […]


The Emoji Code by Vyvyan Evans

The Emoji Code by Vyvyan Evans

Do you speak Emoji? Wait—the correct question is, do you text Emoji? Another question:  what is the difference between Emoji and an emoji? Cap e Emoji refers to the language system consisting of little pictographs used to add nuances of tone and meaning to our textual digital communications. Lower case e emoji refers to one […]


The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

This is one of the early classics of fantasy literature, with a huge influence on writers of the genre as a whole.  The story is familiar – a mortal man marries a fairy princess – but it continues well past the “happily ever after,” and the writing and language are lyrical and haunting.  A truly […]


The Silence of Medair/Voice Of The Lost, by Andrea K. Host

The Silence of Medair/Voice Of The Lost, by Andrea K. Host

What if you were the hero promised by legend – and then failed?  Medair an Rynstar was supposed to be that hero, but a critical error at what should have been her moment of triumph means that she has awoken 500 years after the invasion she was meant to stop.  Now, the country she loves […]


City of the Mind by Penelope Lively

City of the Mind by Penelope Lively

Divorced London architect Matthew Halland follows the building boom of the 1990s and the push to renovate old structures in his beloved city with amazement and trepidation. When he gazes at a site, he can imagine the people who used to be there, he can almost sense their ghosts, approving or not of the changes. […]


Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

This book swept the major science fiction awards when it came out, winning the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, BSFA Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Award – and all of them well-deserved.  It’s a terrific concept, and executed to perfection. The world-building is comprehensive and engaging, and the author’s ability to convey the experience of […]


Night Film: a novel by Marisha Pessl

Night Film: a novel by Marisha Pessl

If you’re looking for the novelistic equivalent of film noir, this is the book for you. Unexpected twists, great storytelling, interesting characters and amazing graphic artifacts make this a visual and narrative pleasure. Pessl tells the story of a disgraced journalist’s attempt to find out why the daughter of legendary (fictional) horror film director, Stanislas […]