The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (2016)

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (2016)

I started reading this book because I thought the “secrets of the world’s happiest country,” could help me construct my post children life. However reading Helen Russell’s book stirred up more political thoughts: Danes are happy because they have guaranteed health care, excellent low cost childcare, paid maternity & paternity leave, an excellent educational system […]


Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

First in a series about Peter Grant, a mixed-race London constable who seems doomed to a life of low-stakes departmental paperwork…until he interviews a murder witness who just happens to be a ghost.  Before he knows it, he finds himself apprenticed to Scotland Yard’s resident wizard, learning magic, and mediating disputes between the city’s gods. […]


It Takes a School by Jonathan Starr (2017)

It Takes a School by Jonathan Starr (2017)

In 2008, a brash American hedge fund manager decides to make his mark in providing great education to the best students in Somaliland, an autonomous state within Somalia. Despite nearly getting his school closed and himself deported through his ignorance of the culture, he does triumph in the end through his students. who win scholarships […]


The Divine Dance: the Trinity and Your Transformation

The Divine Dance: the Trinity and Your Transformation

In tackling the mystery of the Trinity, Franciscan Richard Rohr goes to the most foundational yet elusive of Christian doctrines and explores it in ways that connect it powerfully to just-as-foundational and equally hard to articulate human experiences. Rohr animates the dry, lifeless words of (much of) theology with passion and creates a sense of […]


A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena De Blasi

A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena De Blasi

Writer/chef Marlena De Blasi tells the incredible and captivating story of her late-in-life romance with and marriage to a Venetian bank manager, Fernando, who fell in love with her the moment he saw her in the Piazza San Marco. Although he didn’t have the courage to speak to her, a year later when she returns […]


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A remarkable debut novel by a young author born in Ghana, raised in America. Her sweeping family epic takes us back to the beginning of the monetized, transcontinental version of the slave trade in Africa in the mid-1700s and offers a multi-faceted view of history, culture, and, along the way, shatters many myths held as […]


Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Walton takes the Victorian social novel to new levels by making dragons the main characters. Suddenly, all of the social conventions of the age are backed by biological necessities – the need to have gold for one’s hoard, the need to have a parent’s estate (that is, their body…) divided fairly so one can eat […]


This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Back and forth in time, back and forth between narrators, this tale of guilt and redemption gradually reveals secrets, humor, scandals, love. Maggie O’Farrell’s books are always surprising and unpredictable, leaving the reader to make her own discoveries. What happens when a famous actress vanishes? When a language-loving linguist finds that words don’t always serve […]


9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes

9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes

How could shoe-lover like me pass up a title like this? Patricia Morrisroe is close to my age and, though she grew up on the East Coast in a Catholic school environment, we share many memories of that era’s fashion fads as well as a deep seated need to have the right shoes for the […]


The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

This reads like a gripping adventure novel but it’s actually a non-fiction account of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1914 journey down the River of Doubt, a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil. This exciting tale had me glued to my seat as Teddy, his son Kermit, and the rest of the members of the expedition fought their […]