Jane and Dorothy A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility by Marian Veevers

Jane and Dorothy A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility by Marian Veevers

Have you ever wondered how Jane Austin’s private life influenced her novels? Have you marveled at how constrained her heroines seem to be?  A beautifully written and easily readable dual biography illuminates Jane’s life in the context of another literary woman who had a great influence on the inception the romantic poetry, Dorothy Wordsworth. The […]


Pale Rider by Laura Spinney

Pale Rider by Laura Spinney

Admittedly, I am fond of nonfiction books dealing with some fairly gruesome topics. The flu pandemic of 1918, commonly referred to then and still today as the Spanish flu*, is indeed gruesome. It is also a fascinating historical event and author Spinney explores it comprehensively. Her writing is clear, the events presented in gripping detail, […]


Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown’s terrific Gods of Howl Mountain is Southern literary fiction full of action, brooding power and grace. Brown has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, and Charles Frazier. Rory is a young disabled Korean War veteran, who works for a mountain bootlegger transporting liquor illegally to bars and flop houses. He lives with […]


Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Cornwell is the author of many historical books including the bestselling Saxon Tales which serve as the basis for the hit television series, The Last Kingdom. He’s very good with tales of the sword and the sea,  but can we trust him with Shakespeare? Yes! This is a fast paced, well written, gorgeously researched book […]


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 Jiles

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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 […]


The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

Sad and haunting, this short book tells of a young man, deadened by all he’s lived through during the Sri Lankan Civil War, who starts to feel emotions again when he marries a young woman, also displaced by the war. Dinesh notices everything-how he breathes, how stray body parts seem to be no more than […]


The Underground River by Martha Conway

The Underground River by Martha Conway

Since her mother died, May has lived with her actress cousin, serving as her seamstress and all-around servant. When the steamboat they are on explodes, May’s life changes and she has to find a job to support herself. May is quite literal which makes everything more difficult. When she finds a job on a theater […]


The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

This reads like a gripping adventure novel but it’s actually a non-fiction account of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1914 journey down the River of Doubt, a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil. This exciting tale had me glued to my seat as Teddy, his son Kermit, and the rest of the members of the expedition fought their […]