Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity and love

Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity and love

Have you had your DNA tested? When famous memoir-ist Dani Shapiro gets her DNA tested, she discovers something explosive that changes her life. Dani excels in sharing feelings and history and how they entwine. A terrifically enjoyable and eye-opening read! You won’t think about 23 and me in the same way again.


The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

What is the difference between surviving and living? The four Gold children, ages seven to thirteen, of the Lower East Side, visit a fortune teller in 1969 who predicts the date of each one’s death. How to react to this news? Each comes at it with a mixture of belief, disbelief, scepticism.  We all know […]


Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion

I must be a glutton for punishment. On the coldest day in decades (-21 degrees, not a windchill number!), I dive into an Icelandic murder mystery.  The oblivion referred to in the title is the vast, empty, ice-filled expanses of the country so far north that in winter there only about 4 hours of gloomy […]


Influenza by Jeremy Brown

Influenza by Jeremy Brown

I thought it fitting to read about this disease on the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu. Dr. Brown writes clearly and cogently of the disease’s history (a very long one), its laundry list of so-called “cures,” how a typical doctor today treats a flu patient, […]


Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

After reading In the Hurricane’s Eye (2018) by Nathaniel Philbrick,  the story of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, I wanted to learn more about Washington and his position on slavery, which is only touched on briefly in that book. Never Caught brings us a heroine from history, Ona Marie Judge, Martha Washington’s lady’s maid. […]


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

If you like a lot of science with your fiction, this one’s for you. Due to rapidly increasing bolide strikes from pieces of rock knocked off an impacted moon, Earth is splitting apart and burning. How to ensure that  humanity survives for the next 5000 or so years that the Earth will be uninhabitable? That […]


French Exit by Patrick deWitt

French Exit by Patrick deWitt

Frances is an awful human being, so self-absorbed that when she finds her despised husband unexpectedly home and unexpectedly dead, she grabs the suitcase that she had popped in to get and continues on to her ski weekend. I’d hate her if she weren’t so entertaining. Until recently, she was wealthy, envied, and feared. Now […]


The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A record-setting heat wave in England in 1976 sets all the neighbors’ nerves on end. Gracie and Tilly, ten year olds who lives on The Avenue, watch the adults, closely following their reactions to the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy  from Number Eight. Mrs. Creasy was well-liked; everyone told her their secrets.  Now the neighbors are […]


The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker’s book really made a difference to me; after reading it, I started to work on my home. The difference between this book and all the others is that this book does NOT assume a decluttered home is the goal. The freedom to pursue your life’s mission is the goal and the cluttered home […]