City of Spies by Sorayya Khan

City of Spies by Sorayya Khan

Coming of age in Islamabad, preteen Aliya lives a life of secrets and mysteries. Interpreting and misinterpreting the events that put her city at the crossroads of the Cold War, half Pakistani and half Dutch Aliya wonders where her place is and how she fits in. Is her best friend’s father a spy for the […]


News of the World by Paulette Giles

News of the World by Paulette Giles

Tom Hanks is soon to play 72-year old Captain Kidd, veteran of the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. This kind-hearted gentleman travels from small town to small town in Texas, reading the newspapers from around the world in order to soothe people’s worries for just a little while, to take […]


Essex Serpant by Sarah Perry

Essex Serpant by Sarah Perry

A very literary and literate novel set in the 1890’s, focusing on both the religion and science of the period. A wealthy widow interested in fossils, a precise surgeon who makes a breakthrough in heart surgery, a rector at a church in Essex, a young woman who believes in fair housing, a mother entranced by […]


The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (2017)

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (2017)

If you love your historical fiction ancient, bloody, and well – researched, I highly recommend this first novel. Rangvald of Maer, a real Viking warrior who supported Harald Fairhair in his bid to become the first king of Norway, and Rangvald’s sister Svanhild are the main characters in this book, but the supporting characters are […]


Circling the Sun: a novel by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun: a novel by Paula McLain

I love biographies and historical fiction about women’s lives and was mesmerized by this historical novel depicting the adventurous life of famed aviator, Beryl Markham. Beryl grew up in colonial Kenya in the 1920s at a time when women’s lives were restricted both by British mores and the expectations of the time. Yet Beryl threw […]


Top 10 Most Checked Out YA Books of 2017

Top 10 Most Checked Out YA Books of 2017

Top 10 Most Checked Out YA Books of 2017 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil […]


The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (2017)

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (2017)

A sweet little book about how three people struggling with profound grief find each other.  The relationship between  Arthur (85 years old) and Maddy (18 years old) forms the core of the story. Gentle, supremely engaging, and nicely written, this novel is a gem, almost too good to be true. Terrific gift, great for book […]


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 […]