Land Girls

Land Girls

In Britain during WWII, the Women’s Land Army served the country by taking the places of the male farmhands who were in the army. It was essential that food production not be interrupted–England was an easily cut-off island and very vulnerable. This somewhat melodramatic series follows the lives of these women, their farmer bosses, the […]


The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

A great skill set for an astronaut to bring along on a Mars flight is a combination of chutzpah, inventiveness, determination, botany know-how and tool conversancy. Duct tape is good to have, too. And a cheeky sense of self if you are going to record a journal that others would want to read. I certainly […]


Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion represents speculative fiction at its most mesmerizing. Echoing Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this saga of a band of pilgrims unfolds in a fantastical space opera set some seven centuries in the future. As each tale is recounted along the journey, interlocking like so many pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, an ominous day of reckoning looms […]


Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Enniscorthy, Ireland is the kind of small town where everyone knows everybody’s business and is not afraid to comment and offer advice, especially to a young widow with two pre-teen boys still at home. Nora Webster goes through the motions of housekeeping, being a parent and trying to plan a future without her beloved husband […]


Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This is the answer to the question “What should I read after I finish the Harry Potter series?”! Adults and young adults alike will love this story of the beginnings of heroic, fallible, sad, proud, orphaned Kvothe as he tries to succeed and support himself in the University where he studies magic while solving the […]


Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

A master of understatement tells the story of Eilis, a young Irish woman, who is herself so understated that she does not even think to protest when her mother and sister decide she should emigrate to the United States in the 1950’s to find a better life. She risks ruining her chances by her mild […]