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 […]


The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Hang in there, the story picks up and becomes engaging about a third of the way through. The Dutch House, a unique and royally decorated early 1920’s home built by cigarette money is the main character in the story of the two Conroy siblings who have been exiled from it. Loss piles upon loss. Maeve, […]


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Though he’s been writing and publishing for decades, Colson Whitehead drew major national attention after the success of his 2016 book The Underground Railroad. The book is an excellent must-read, but I definitely feel The Nickel Boys is an absolute masterpiece. This book chronicles the experience of Elwood and the other ‘nickel boys’ during their time in […]


The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

The Whisperer by Karin Fossum

A new psychological mystery offering from one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors. Cool, cerebral Inspector Sejer sits in his office interviewing Ragna Riegel, middle-aged, dowdy perpetrator of a horrendous crime. Ragna is the eponymous whisperer. Her vocal chords were damaged in a botched surgery when she was younger. She lives her life in a […]


The Need by Helen Phillips

The Need by Helen Phillips

I picked this title off of the 2019 longlist for the National Book Award. I am always in the mood for a good psychological thriller – all the more so as the weather starts to cool off. This stunning work by Helen Phillips did not disappoint. Between concern for her two young children and bizarre […]


The Reckless Oath We Made

The Reckless Oath We Made

Zee is a poor, Kansas waitress/petty drug dealer who can’t catch a break. She’s in pain from a motorcycle accident caused by her former boyfriend; her mom is obese and home bound; her sister is a romantic seeking love in all the wrong places; she has memories of visiting her father in prison; and her […]


Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts Over

This is a love story with some baggage. Both Evvie and Dean have some serious issues to work through. Evvie’s husband died the day she planned to leave him. Dean is a star baseball pitcher who has famously lost the ability to pitch. So when Dean selects Evvie’s rental apartment, sparks fly. But are either […]