The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

I can’t quite put my finger on which Grimm fairly tale this wonderful new novel by Patchett reminds me of. Is it Cinderella? Maybe Hansel and Gretel. No matter, the key elements are there: a missing mother (perhaps evil), a definitely evil stepmother, a cold hearted father, step sisters, a magnificent though odd house (some […]



The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Amor Towles earned his place in my list of top writers with his runaway success A Gentleman in Moscow. This earlier book is by no means as compelling or luminously written, but it entertains and informs nonetheless. In the waning days of the Depression, on the brink of WWII, we join the adventures of Katey […]


A Single Thread by Tracy Chavalier

A Single Thread by Tracy Chavalier

I loved this book on so many levels! A strangely thrilling story about navigating life as a single girl in a world of couples, a historical about the time between the world wars, a review of cathedral arts in England from the inside (bell-ringing and needlepoint arts specifically), and the beautiful, gradual unfolding of a […]


The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Two things haunt Kitty Milton: the death of her five year old son who fell from an open window trying to see if his teddy bear could fly, and a few years later her refusal, in 1936, to take in Willy, the five year old German Jewish son of one of her husband’s friends in […]


The Cockroach by Ian McEwan

The Cockroach by Ian McEwan

Do you understand all the nuances of a parliamentary-style government? Me neither. Well, I suppose the Brits who pick up McEwan’s latest (and slimmest) book might guffaw more loudly because they get the joke, but even with my limited understanding of British government and its current issues, McEwan manages to get me chuckling at least […]



Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen

Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen

Over the course of four days preceding and celebrating a wedding, the past, present and future interweave and collide, bookended by pageants. Clem, the eldest of the Erland/Blumenthal family is marrying her true love, Diggs. Elderly Aunt Glad is fading. The yard is filling with friends and the house with family. What and who are […]


Die (Issues #1-5) by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

Die (Issues #1-5) by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

One fateful night, 6 teenagers sit down to play a tabletop RPG (role-playing game) and disappear without a trace. Two years later, 5 of them return – forever changed. They seem incapable of explaining where they’ve been, or what happened to Sol. Decades later, though they’ve tried to move on, the past rears its ugly […]


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Dejah and Josiah have been working together at the pumpkin patch for 4 years. They’re ‘seasonal best friends,’ but as their final season working at the patch comes to a close and they both head off to college next year, what looms ahead for their friendship? Will they simply part ways like they have every […]