A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

This combination of thriller, history, romance and physics is a whir of action, danger and close escapes. Miriam Abramov and her brilliant mathematician brother Vanya live in 1914 Kovno. She is the first female surgeon in the Jewish hospital, engaged to another doctor. Vanya is a lecturer at the university. Vanya is working desperately to […]


Queen of the Sea

Queen of the Sea

Fantastic story of a queen in exile as told by a young girl raised in the nunnery that is her prison. Thrilling and full of unexpected twists and turns, this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel is a joy to read. This story is based on the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, and her kingdom of […]


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Wow! Casey Cep’s first book is an incredible read. Harper Lee was Truman Capote’s friend and research assistant on In Cold Blood.  Many years later, Lee got very involved researching a series of murders in Alabama committed about 2.5 hours from her own home in Monroeville and told not only friends but the press that […]


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Based on the true stories of the brave and intrepid women spies of WWI, this novel flies with excitement, terror, dread. Told in two voices, that of the spy Eve Gardiner, code name Marguerite, as she is recruited and, in spite of enormous fear, acts with great ingenuity, and of Charlie St. Claire, an unmarried […]


Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble

2019 Wrangler Award for Outstanding Juvenile Book Winner 2019 Spur Award – Western Writer’s of America Finalist  This is a nicely plotted,  heartfelt Middle Grade Western that looks into the lives of folks homesteading in 1910 Colorado. Belle Martin is 12 years old and excited about the adventure of trying to farm the Colorado prairie. […]


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Gentler than I expected, this is the story of a morally upright German woman whose husband was one of a band of conspirators who tried unsuccessfully to assassinate Hitler. She promised at the time to take care of the wives and children if their husbands did not survive the attempt. Marianne lives with her children […]


Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

This is a slim volume, part reminiscence about the Waldorf Astoria’s recent history before the Anbang remodel began, part fascinating, deeply researched introduction to honey bee life. Strong recommendation for anyone interested in pollinators! Lesley Day is a New York City naturalist who authored 3 field guides to the NYC natural world and she writes […]


The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

Chaya and Asher’s story circles around and runs through the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The two, immigrants from the old country, flee the midwest farm where they have landed to come to find their fortune in the big city. Chicago, recovered from the Fire of 1871, is booming. The factories, stockyards, sweatshops, brothels employ thousands of […]


Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

After reading In the Hurricane’s Eye (2018) by Nathaniel Philbrick,  the story of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, I wanted to learn more about Washington and his position on slavery, which is only touched on briefly in that book. Never Caught brings us a heroine from history, Ona Marie Judge, Martha Washington’s lady’s maid. […]