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 […]


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 […]


Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Grann brings to life a period of American history about which I knew nothing: the 1920s oil boom in Osage County, Oklahoma and the murders of wealthy Osage Indians. The book reads almost like a suspense novel as Grann tells the story of how prejudice and greed on the part of whites led them to […]


The Hamilton Affair: a novel by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

The Hamilton Affair: a novel by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Since all things Hamilton are trendy right now, and because I was lucky enough to score Hamilton tickets, I decided to brush up on my Hamilton history before seeing the show. Truth be told I knew nothing about the first Treasurer of the United States before I read this book (a sad state of affairs […]


The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

River of Kings is a daring, violent quest  following 3 different strands of story down the Altamaha River including one from 1564 and one from today — and a mystery that mirrors and haunts the other two; this book is also written in gorgeous muscular prose that makes the river itself a powerful character in […]


The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

While trapped in bed recovering from a broken leg, a policeman passes the time by investigating one of history’s great mysteries – did Richard III kill the Princes In The Tower? Based on impeccable historical research, and written to engross anyone as much as any modern potboiler mystery!


Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett

A fascinating and gripping novel of life as a female African American journalist in the early 20th century. A perfect complement to the age of “intersectionality”, Jam on the Vine features Muslim characters, gay and bi-sexual characters, and feminist characters, unafraid to speak out and to be themselves. Like role model Ida B. Wells, Ivo […]