The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein
"The car goes where the eyes go," an
idea often repeated in this novel, is applied to life
not just to racing. The Art of Racing in
the Rain is not just a novel about racing but one about
life. Enzo, the canine narrator, offers insights and wisdom
to a wise old man. The story is one of family, love,
sadness, despair, and hope. One need not be a fan of racing
or of dogs to become totally
engrossed in this book.
By Randy Pausch
Although thousands have watched the "Last Lecture" or clips of it
on YouTube, the book offers greater insight into Randy’s life and his
reasons behind choosing to present the lecture. This is not a book about dying;
it is a book about living! It is about having dreams and living in such a way
that the "dreams will come to you". It is about caring for family
and wanting to impart a legacy beyond worldly goods to that family. It truly
celebrates honesty, humor, love, family, and life.
By Jhumpa Lahiri
A series of eight eloquent, sparely written, stories connected by character
or theme which explore the immigrant experience and the human heart. Her
prose is deceptively simple, but rich. I think it is her best work yet.
A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive
Power of Music
By Steve Lopez
a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, happens upon a homeless
man playing Beethoven on a battered old violin. In the chance
sees the potential for a column--he doesn't see that it will
be a life-altering experience for him. Following up, Lopez
learns that Nathaniel Ayers was
once a gifted and promising student at Juillard but spiraled
down into the depth of schizophrenia.This is not a "happily ever after" story,
but one of growth, understanding, and the realization of what
can come from a simple act of kindness.
The Eyre Affair
By Jasper Ffordeirca
is a very original book for fans of mystery, fantasy
or literary fiction of all ages. It takes place in
the current time, but in an alternate
reality where things like time travel and
cloning are common and literature has a popularity
we normally associate with network TV. A fun, light
read, I'd recommend this for a vacation.
By Kristin Hannah
Kate and Tully are opposites who become best friends forever as they
weather the trials of a thirty year friendship. All readers
who are members of a “best friend’s club” will
relate to this poignant tale of two women who test the bounds of
success, and mortality. Have a tissue box handy!
By Daphne DuMaurier
An Englishman, while lost in France, meets a stranger who could
be his twin and shares a drink with him. He awakens the next day
that he has been thrust into the identity of the stranger,
a wealthy Frenchman with complex family and business problems.
out this new life, he learns much about himself in his former
Those Who Save Us
By Jenna Blum
Past and present, mothers and daughters, Nazis and the German Resistance,
secrets and revelations are all key to the drama of
the novel Those Who Save Us. Trudy, a professor of German studies,
has never known
her mother’s story of life in Germany during
World War II. The reader learns the story as the novel
alternates between the present
and the past.
by Sandra Worth
Set in 15th century England during the War of the Roses, this novel
is about love-marriage that defies the odds by crossing political
factions. A young Richard III is a side-line character. Like many
others of this genre, the story features a strong female protagonist,
but not as much detail as longer historical works (like those of
Sharon Kay Penman, for instance).
Quest for a Maid
By Frances Mary Hendry
The perfect mixture of historical fiction, magic, delightful characters, wholesome
romance, and a strong woman in the lead....leading this staff member to read
this book every year since she was twelve with delight. Meg Wright lives in
13th century Scotland and hears her sister, a witch, kill King Alexander the
III while hiding under a table. Meg's quest involves the safe keeping of the
princess of Norway as she travels to claim her rightful position, yet having
to battle with the dangerous magic her sister creates to try and stop the succession.
A delightful tale of love and perseverance.
By Therese Fowler
A debut novel along the lines of Jodi Picoult meets Nicholas
Sparks. A heart-breaking story about the choices we make and
why we make them. Meg Powell and Carson McKay grew up together
love with plans to marry. At the last minute she
chooses another man and their lives go in opposite directions.
cross and the truth comes out, but Meg is now dealing
with Lou Gehrig’s
disease ALS. Grab the Kleenex!
The Bright Side of Disaster
By Katherine Center
Fun and bittersweet story of single motherhood in a Texas town.
Left by her fiancé the day before she has her baby girl, Jenny bumbles and stumbles
her way through motherhood with “help” from her
friends and mother. A predictable plot and a happy ending
make this an easy and amusing read.
See You In A Hundred Years
By Logan Ward
Circa 1900 in rural America, a time without electricity, antibiotics,
refrigeration, cars and a yearlong experiment in time for Logan Ward,
his wife and toddler. This is a memoir filled with snakes, spoiled
food, frayed emotions, good friends, quiet nights and introspection.
You decide if they are courageous or just plain foolish.
The Sum Of Our Days
By Isabel Allende
In this memoir written in the form of a conversation with her beloved,
deceased daughter, Paula, Isabel Allende reveals that her own life
is at least as interesting and complicated as the fascinating characters
in her novels.
People of the Book
By Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks has done it again – plotted another captivating
historical tale based on extensive research. Follow
a Hebrew work of art backwards in time from 1996 Sarajevo into
biblical time with
contemporary narrative woven throughout.
Why Women Should Rule the World
By Dee Dee Myers
This is not just Dee Dee Myers’s story although she does use examples
from her own experiences. She clearly states that this book is not an attack
on men, but rather a discussion of how, if women had more power, the world
might be a better place. She cites studies and statistics, as well as anecdotal
accounts to support her points. Stereotypes, double standards, and prejudice
have impacted women’s advancement. For example, the
number of women in major orchestras has increased fivefold
candidates have auditioned
behind screens and therefore are judged solely on their musical
talent. An interesting read for both women and men.
Out Stealing Horses
By Per Petterson
This is a novel of exquisite imagery, a narrative of place and
person beautifully detailed. One can almost hear the crunching
of snow underfoot, feel the sun through the trees, hear the lapping
of the lake as you
read the story of a man who returns to a fateful place
of his youth to live out his days, sort out his father’s
life, and in turn his own.
Without a Map
By Meredith Hall
This memoir is the story of a girl who grows into a woman caught
in both her personal turbulence and that of the sixties. Meredith
is rejected by her family when, as a truly naïve teen, she becomes
pregnant. She gives the child up for adoption and marks time for
many years by the age of the child she never saw. She travels through
life “without a map” but learns to love, forgive, and
understand others and herself.
The Third Secret
By Steve Berry
Deceit, suspicion, murder and passion are all components in Steve
Berry’s fast paced Vatican thriller.
Someone Knows My Name
By Lawrence Hill
An early American slave story told from an unusual perspective. Meena
begins as an African girl and remains truly African during her noble
journey through the slave experience and beyond. While Meena’s
story is imagined, much of the book is well researched and factual;
from history books, diaries, letters, etc.
The King in The Window
By Adam Gopnik
Oliver, an American schoolboy living in Paris, puts a paper crown
on his head on Epiphany and is identified and summoned by the Window
Wraiths to be their king, and to defeat the Master of the Mirrors.
His adventure takes the reader all over Paris, and into the minds
of Nostradamus, Racine, Molière, and Alice Liddell. Don't
be fooled by the Juvenile Fiction cataloging, this book is sure to
be enjoyed by a variety of ages. If you like Paris, the teachings
of French Enlightenment, riddles, or an adventure story you should
enjoy this story. A nice diversion read.
Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
Miracles abound as a boy and his family travel the badlands in search
of an older brother who is running from the law. The characters are
well-developed and the plot is original. Overall, Enger is a skilled
storyteller, apt to please a wide range of readers.
Jennings: A Reporter’s
By Kate Darnton (editor)
This is a wonderful portrait of Peter Jennings—the reporter,
the anchor, the Canadian, the American, and above all the man. For
those who regularly follow ABC news, it reads as if you are seated
around a table listening to the familiar voices of Charlie Gibson,
Martha Raddatz, and George Stephanopoulos as well as many others
who touched Peter’s life or whose lives were touched by Peter.
Gone with the Wind
By Margaret Mitchell
" Have you seen the movie? Well, I have too (many years ago), but I
just recently picked up the book and what a read! Characters that
are fully drawn and developed with all the human drama of passion,
courage, revenge, hope, failure and more against the backdrop of
war and the changing South."
By Hassan Qazwini
This is the memoir of an Iraqi Muslim who became a naturalized citizen
of the United States, and the cleric of the largest Muslim center
in the country in Detroit. His life from a displaced Iraqi family
to U.S. citizen is fascinating. Discussion of the difference between
the Shia and Sunni faith is both interesting and informative. It
sheds considerable light on the current events in the Middle East.
Additionally, there is an honest evaluation of the struggle of Muslims
in the U.S. with regard to prejudice directed at these communities
since 9/11. This is a MUST read.
The Invisible Wall
By Harry Bernstein
Harry's street ( a cobbled one in an English mill town) and the people who lived
there in the early 1900's are the framework of this memoir. One side of the street
is inhabited by Christians the other by Jews and the invisible wall divides them.
It is an insightful memoir penned by ninety-three year old Harry who never forgot
that street and the fact that his sister Lily and a Christian boy named Arthur
dared to fall in love and break the barriers.
By Suzanne Arruda
If you enjoy the period and characters in Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody
mysteries, you should enjoy this latest mystery by Suzanne Arruda. Jade de
Cameron is a young journalist whose adventure takes her through the back alleys
of Tangiers to the fabled city of Marrakesh and into a Berber village in the
Atlas Mountains. Jinns, amulets and hashish are all a part of this 1920’s
mystery set in the fascinating country of Morocco.
Breakfast With Buddha
By Roland Merullo
Join two likeable, but very different characters, on an intriguing, quirky
and humorous journey through the heartland of our country as they get to know
America, themselves, and each other, There are many questions asked and some
By Ann Patchett
Run is a fast-paced novel weaving together the lives of characters
from different social classes in the same city. Issues such
as adoption, politics, parental influence, mother’s
love, poverty, and privilege are intertwined as the lives
of the characters become intertwined following an accident.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
By Sherman Alexie
Young adults can certainly relate to Alexie’s colorful,
frank story about the life of a bright, funny, and courageous
Spokane Indian teenager, but adults will also be highly entertained
by the young cartoonist’s unique narration of small
town life among reservation dwellers and townies. His bittersweet
story of hope and irony in the midst of bleak reality will
leave you smiling even as your heart aches.
The Geography Of Bliss
By Eric Weiner
If you’ve ever pondered the question of what happiness
means and where it is found, this could be the book for you.
For instance, Americans seem to suffer from “the unhappiness
of not being happy” while Icelanders embrace the darkness
and celebrate failure. This is a journey both serious and
humorous that may make you question your own ideas of happiness.
The Middle Place
By Kelly Corrigan
The middle place—“that sliver of time when childhood
and parenthood overlap—is the
focus of Kelly Corrigan’s book. Kelly is wife and mother
but very much George Corrigan’s only daughter. What
makes Kelly’s “middle place” more challenging
is that both she and her father are battling cancer.
By John Burnham Schwartz
Schwartz offers us a personal glimpse into the life of Haruko
Endo, a beer brewer’s daughter, who becomes the Crown
Princess and then Empress of Japan. Her emotional struggles
relay a bittersweet tale of love, abandonment, duty and friendship
as we experience her isolation with the palace walls.
The Long Walk Home: a Novel
By Will North
This is a folksy novel to curl up with in front of a warm
fire - a gentle love story with twists and turns which force
the reader to suspend disbelief, but enjoyable nonetheless.
and the Hitman
Jennifer Cruisie and Bob Mayer
This is the kind of book that you don’t want to put
down because you want to find out what surprising, crazy,
ridiculous, yet coincidental thing will happen next. At the
same time you don’t want the book to end because the
characters really grow on you as you get to know them better.
Once you get over the swearing (they are hit men, after all,
and the MOB is involved here too) you just can’t stop
laughing. A fun read.
Gardens of Water
By Alan Drew
Gardens of Water is a story filled with tensions - familial,
cultural, and religious. Following a massive earthquake near
Istanbul, a Kurdish Muslim family’s life becomes intertwined
with that of an American family with strong connections to
Christian missionary workers. The book makes one pause to
reflect on one’s own values and traditions.
The Thirteenth Tale
By Diane Setterfield
A dying author calls upon a young woman working in a bookstore
to transcribe her memoirs. What unfolds is a richly textured,
DuMaurier-style, melodramatic mystery. Makes you want to
read it in an overstuffed chair with a cup of tea and a cat on
The Tenderness of Wolves
By Stef Penney
If you are looking for an original story in an unusual
setting with fascinating characters this is your ticket.
There is a murder, but
so much more. I wanted to know more about each person as
the story unfolded.
Thousand White Women
by Jim Fergus
for Indians” was the name of the President’s program
to supply the Cheyenne Indians with women in 1874. We get a first
hand glimpse of life with these Indians through the journals of a
woman escaping her present lifr and hoping for better future.This
is fascinating reading as we learn about her day to day existence
with the “savages”.
Street of a Thousand Blossoms
Lucky Child: a daughter of Cambodia reunites with the sister she
by Gail Tsukiyama
Her writing reminds me of the flow of a Japanese scroll painting.
Follow the lives of two orphaned brothers - one an artist, the
other a sumo wrestler before, during and after the World War II
firebombing of Japan.
by Loung Ung
This is the story of sisters—two years apart in age and thousands
of miles apart as they grow up (one in Vermont and one in Cambodia).
Their story underscores the importance of family and celebrates the
strength of individuals.
Girls of Riyad
by Rajaa Alsanea (see Sani, R)
The Girls of Riyad created a sensation in the Arab world following
its publication in 2005. This novel gives the reader an eye-opening
view of the lives of four Saudi women. Written in an e-mail format,
it discusses the conflicts and private lives of Saudi Arabian women
in the modern world.
by Janis Cooke Newman
Mary Todd Lincoln suffered numerous losses from an early age. An intelligent,
ambitious woman, perhaps ahead of her time, one wonders if she was
truly “insane” or a victim of her son’s and others
expectations of the role of a woman. Newman’s story brings alive
this time of tragedy for the nation and the Lincolns.
The Best of Friends: two women, two continents, and one enduring friendship
by Sara James and Ginger Mauney
This is the story of a friendship that began in middle school and
spanned the years. It is, as the authors say, “one memoir… written by
two authors”. The alternating voices share the heartaches and
successes of each and how their lives were entwined. Sara is a journalist
NBC in New York; Ginger is a wildlife filmmaker in Namibia.
by Allan Folsom
Allan Folsum pens another thriller with all the bells and whistles.
Part thriller, part love story, with a little espionage thrown in,
a former LAPD detective uncovers a sinister plot regarding the President
of the United States that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
by Christopher Andersen
A beautifully written introspective into the life of Caroline Kennedy,
this book creates a
compelling portrait of a woman shaped by her mother, brother and
the legendary Kennedy family. It is insightful and entertaining at
Portrait of an Unknown Woman
by Vanora Bennett
This fantastic story weaves fact and fiction to tell the story of the
family of Sir Thomas More during the Protestant Reformation. The second
half of the novel is especially appealing as family secrets emerge
and the complexity and symbolism in Tudor era portrait painting is
Monique and the Mango Rains
by Kris Holloway
This is a personal narrative in which Holloway tells of Monique,
a midwife in Mali, with whom she worked during her two year assignment
in the Peace Corps. Monique worked tirelessly to educate
the women of Nampossela regarding maternal and child health
Waiting for Teddy Williams
by Howard Frank Mosher
You don’t have to be a Red Sox fan to savor this quirky and
utterly charming coming of age story (but, all the better if you’re
a member of the Red Sox Nation.) E.A. Allen and the citizens of
Common, VT, will steal your heart as most of Mosher’s
characters tend to do.
In An Instant
by Lee and
In An Instant is the story told by both Lee and Bob Woodruff
of the incredible journey to recovery following the tragedy
in which Bob suffered a traumatic
brain injury while embedded with the military in Iraq. This is a candid
account of their life together. Accounts of the events that changed their
interspersed with memories of the early days of their courtship, marriage
and the beginnings of Bob’s journalistic career. It is a memoir
filled with love, courage, hope, and humor.
Ondaatje requires full concentration, but you will be rewarded with
a haunting narrative that threads through the lives of 3 “siblings’ from
California to France. While the plot thread is never quite tied up, the power is in beauty
of the writing.
by Karen Robards
The title of this book is appropriate. I became obsessed, sitting
on the edge of my seat, not wanting to stop until I finished. It’s
a great summer read!
by Amanda Eyre Ward
Forgive Me moves the reader from Cape Cod to Cape Town, from betrayal
to forgiveness and from the desire to run to the ability to stay.
The threads of many stories are woven together in this novel of
a journalist’s search for world-shocking events and the woman’s
search for understanding of her life and herself.
by David McCullough
McCullough presents an incredibly detailed picture of Harry Truman,
a man once described as being "free of the greatest vice in
a leader, his ego never came between him and his job." This
biography is both the story of the man and a history of his times.
If Today Be Sweet
by Thrity Umrigar
A clash of cultures, relationships, values and affection – all
conveyed with love and amusement. An unusual, but nonetheless, worthy
follow-up to The Space Between Us.
by Gail Tsukiyama
While recuperating from tuberculosis, a young Chinese man moves from
prewar China to his grandfather’s beach house in Japan. The wise
old gardener teaches him about love, honor, loss, and loyalty as his
body mends. The prose has the serenity and flow of a Japanese garden.
Garlic and Sapphires
by Ruth Reichl
Ruth Reichl, food critic for the New York Times, is a funny, yet
poignant writer, and is an absolute marvel when it comes to writing
about food--she can describe a dish in such satisfying detail that
it seems unnecessary to eat. Determined to review the "true" nature
of each restaurant she visited, she often dined incognito.Each chapter
of her book highlights a new disguise, a different restaurant , a
fresh culinary adventure, and her personal revelations into human
nature as she describes how differently she was treated in her different
The Silent Miaow
by Paul Gallico
Here is life as seen by your favorite kitty – a manual, so to speak,
on how he or she can take over your home! Like all of Paul Gallico’s
books, this is charming.
The Northern Lights Erase Your Name
by Vendela Vida
a trip to a land few visit – Lapland and the Sami people.
This is a quirky, sparely written story of a young woman’s attempt
to find her family and understand her past.
City of Light
by Lauren Belfer
It is the early 1900s and the battle for the water at Niagara Falls
to bring electricity to all is on. In this historical fiction book,
murder, love, intrigue and history all combine for a page-turner.
Makes up her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living
by Bailey White
This collection of short stories, most only a few pages long, is rich with
Southern Charm. White is a humorous storyteller who finds inspiration
family and rural surroundings. These 50-some stories are filled with
characters and heartwarming situations. There is so much personality
pieces that reading one or two at a time is satisfying, although they
leave you wanting more.
Child of the Jungle
by Sabine Kuegler
This is the story of a girl caught between two worlds—the jungle
of West Papua and the modern world of the West. Sabine grows up among
the Fayu, a Stone Age people of Indonesia. After an agonizing loss,
she chooses to leave the jungle and go to Switzerland. However, the
jungle never leaves her. Her book is, as she states in the preface, “a
journey into the past, with the hope of discovering who I really
am and where I belong.”
by Calvin Trillin
Trillin, a writer for The New Yorker, writes of his wife Alice five
years after her death. His readers had known Alice as a part of many
of the literary pieces he had written. However, they never really knew
her. This tribute to his wife presents Alice“off the page.” He
once summed up his love for her in the dedication of one of his books—“I
wrote this for Alice. Actually, I wrote everything for Alice.”
Making It Up
by Penelope Lively
In her collection of semi-autobigraphical short stories, the author follows
each of the fictional narratives with a commentary on what is fact and
fiction. The reader gets a great sense of the way an author blends life
experiences and imagination.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
By Betty Smith
This novel richly merits its status as a "classic." Francie,
the protagonist, grows up in the slums of Brooklyn during the early
part of the twentieth century, and life treats her badly. What makes
the reading experience so fine is the rich and detailed writing.
One really feels like they are there, in time, with the characters.
By Winifred Gallager
Ever wonder why some homes, rooms or decorating styles feel more “right” to
you? Go on a tour like no other of the American house and learn all
about its fascinating history and covert psychological influences.
This book will give you a close look at every aspect of every room
and holds fascinating historical tidbits as well.
of the Stone
By David Morrell
Drew MacLane, once a star intelligence agent, withdraws to
a secluded monastery only to be pulled back into the world
of counter intelligence
where nothing is as it seems—a classic thriller and enjoyable
Map of Bones
By James Rollins
This action packed thriller is reminiscent of Dan Brown and Clive
Cussler. During midnight mass, the massive gothic cathedral in Cologne,
Germany is ransacked by armed monks. Ancient relics are stolen, and
hundreds of people are murdered. The Vatican secretly requests assistance
from the U.S. Dept. of Defense Sigma Force. Commander Gray Pierce
and his team begin a harrowing race against a heretical gnostic sect
seeking to discover the true nature of the missing bones of the magi--an
By James Rollins
The elite scientists of Sigma Force appear in another novel of mystery
and suspense spanning 3 continents in order to unlock the cryptic
origins of a new highly intelligent and competitive race—a
quickly paced entertaining tale.
A Good Dog: the Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
By Jon Katz
A deeply touching memoir by Jon Katz who shares his story of Orson—his
soul mate border collie who is not only intense, smart, and crazy,
but is also unforgettable.
The Lady and the Unicorn
By Tracy Chevalier
Like with The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Chevalier takes a work
of art and creates a cast of characters and background, making the
piece comes to life. The Lady and the Unicorn focuses on the famous
lady and unicorn tapestries (on display at the National Museum of
the Middle Ages). It is an engaging story of love and seduction.
Beyond the storytelling is a nice historical perspective of artisans,
guilds and the reality of the work that goes into creating a tapestry.
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
By Ayelet Waldman
In the wake of the death of her infant daughter, a Manhattan attorney's
efforts to put her life back together are challenged by the presence
of her precocious stepson. The well rendered characters in this story
will make you laugh and cry in turn.
One More Day
By Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom again looks at death from a unique perspective. He
gives voice to a wish most readers can identify with following
of a loved one. Namely, "If I could have just one more day." The
book also focuses on one of the most powerful loves known--the
love of a mother for her child.
The Road from Coorain
By Jill Ker Conway
I found it an inspiring memoir of a woman's spirit rising to life.
The Syringa Tree
By Pamela Gien
South Africa in the 1960’s and 1970’s – a turbulent
time of apartheid which becomes the background story of white family
life evolving in the shadow of Soweto and Nelson Mandela as told
by the young girl, Elizabeth.
Journey of the Pink Dolphins
By Sy Montgomery
Most of us will never be fortunate enough to experience the beauty
of the Amazon River. This is not just another nature tale. As it
brings to life the myths of the Amazon – the
Encante, you will recognize the urgent need for preservation and
conservation of the “pink” river dolphins.
On Agate Hill
By Lee Smith
In this story-within-a-story, a graduate student of history comes
upon a box of diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and artifacts
revealing the story of Molly Petree, a southern girl orphaned by
the Civil War. The story of the graduate student is thin, but Molly's
tale, dominating most of the book, makes this a must-read.
Late and Soon
By Robert Hughes
This elegant character-driven novel proceeds at a measured pace.
Art insider Hughes reveals the inner workings of high-end art auctions
as Claire, the central character, explores her wounded heart and
opens herself to the possibility of love.
The Glass Castle
By Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is a memoir told with gentleness, love, and humor.
The story could easily have been told with anger and bitterness.
Walls' ability to look beyond the negatives of her life shows an
When The Elephants Dance
By Tess Uriza Holthe
When the elephants dance, the chickens must be careful.” So
goes the metaphor that “Papa” uses to describe the Japanese
occupation of the Philippines during WWII. This lyrical story is
both beautifully spiritual and horrifyingly real as it interweaves
stories past and present based on the author’s family stories.
Journal of a Solitude
by May Sarton
One of novelist, poet, and essayist May Sarton’s most influential
books tell of her decision to live alone and “take up my
real life again”. Sarton writes unflinchingly about
her life through many journals and memoirs. Among them
the Sea, At Seventy, After the Stroke, and Encore.
by Douglas Preston
Great summer reading! Entertaining adventure ala Clive Cussler. There
were even a few good laughs thrown in.
The Seneca Falls Inheritance
by Miriam Grace Monfredo
In her historically authentic and cleverly entertaining first novel,
Monfredo skillfully meshes life in Seneca Falls, N.Y., immediately before
the First Women's Rights Convention in 1848 with a page-turning suspense
story. Historical figures, foremost Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are woven
seamlessly into this well-modulated, satisfying tale. If you like a good
mystery with a bit of real history, this first book in a series will
catch your fancy!
Ella Minnow Pea
by Mark Dunn
A small island nation off the coast of North Carolina worships the statue
of a man who came up with the shortest sentence to contain all twenty-six
letters of the alphabet. But after a severe storm, the letters begin
to break off the monument, and the town elders declare that it is a sign
that the fallen letter is no longer to be used. Can Ella Minnow Pea save
her homeland before all that remains of her name is LMNOP?
Cry of the Kalahari
by Delia & Mark Owens
As their new book, Secrets of the Savanna, is released, I thought
back to this wonderful classic of environmental science.
This beautifully written story of their seven years in Africa in
the 1970’s is a great reminder the we humans need to share
this earth carefully.
Hot Flash Club
by Nancy Thayer
This is a must read for any women over 50. You'll identify with these
4 strangers who ultimately become best friends and laugh out loud with
them as they deal with the many changes in their lives, make plans for
the future and make the most of life! The best part is that there are
3 more books after this one...
The Good, Good Pig
by Sy Montgomery
This is local (Hancock, NH) nature writer, Sy Montgomery's, first book
that offers a window into her life. As she tells the tale of pig runt,
Christopher Hogwood, we see how the pig's growth healed those around
him. Some of the pig antics are laugh-aloud funny. This book would
appeal to fans of "Marley and Me".
by Angela Davis - Gardner
This story of a young American professor at a Tokyo university who receives
a precious inheritance from her Japanese mentor and friend opens a window
into the lives of her Japanese colleagues and friends. It is a love story
that illuminates the horror of Hiroshima and its hibakusha (survivors).
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
by Charles J Shields
Although Lee never authorized or spoke to Charles Shields, he did interview
over 600 sources while writing this biography. Who was Harper Lee? Why
did she never complete another novel? What was the impetus for her revered
novel To Kill a Mockingbird ? Many of these questions are addressed in
this engaging work.
My Latest Grievance
by Elinor Lipman
Lipman is just plain fun! Her characters are so believable. This is
a story told through the eyes of a teenager raised on a private college
campus near Boston by “the most annoyingly evenhanded
parental team in the history of civilization.”
The Passion of Artemisia
by Susan Vreeland
Post-Renaissance Italy is the backdrop for the story of Artemesia Gentileschi,
a painter who struggled to balance marriage, motherhood, discrimination,
passion, and genius.
The Space Between Us
by Thrifty Umrigar
An unforgettable and poignant tale of the connection and inevitable division
between upper class Sera and her servant Bhima in modern day India. It
is a timeless story for all places and people.
Team Of Rivals
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Team of Rivals is an outstanding book that provides incredible insight
into Lincoln and the men who surrounded him. In addition, it offers a
picture of the women who supported those men. This carefully crafted
history presents a well-rounded and well-documented view of the people
and the times.
The Last Days of Dogtown
by Anita Diamant
This novel was inspired by a pamphlet about a small abandoned backwater
located on the Massachusetts coast, namely Dogtown. Anita Diamant’s
Dogtown is populated by unique characters who call forth a variety
of emotions in the reader. The descriptions of both the characters
transport the reader to a forgotten time and place in history.
by Sonia Nazario
An astonishingly heartrending true story about a Honduran boy’s
attempt to reach his Mother, an illegal immigrant to the U.S. His dangerous “odyssey” on
the top of trains, narrated by a Pulitzer Prize winning author,
gives us an unvarnished glimpse into this politically current issue.
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Human prejudice, hatred, kindness and bravery collide as 14 year old
Lily and her nanny search for a connection to Lily’s dead mother.
Lily and Rosaleen find hope and love in a small rural town in South
Carolina where they are both taken in by 3 beekeeping sisters. This
is a book
that you can enjoy reading more than once!
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake is a finely wrought, deeply moving family drama that illuminates
this acclaimed author's signature themes: the immigrant experience, the
clash of cultures, the tangled ties between generations. The Namesake
takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta,
India, through their difficult transformation into Americans.
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
Filled with fascinating circus history, especially during the 1930’s
era, this fiction book also follows some interesting characters, human
Never Let Me Go
by Kauzo Ishiguro
At a measured pace, the story unfolds to reveal the characters who populate
a seemingly idyllic Inglish boarding school far removed from the outside
world. Ishiguro won the prestigious Booker Prize for his novel The Remains
of the Day.
Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris
Framboise Dartigen was only a child of nine as the story unfolds. She
lives with her brother, sister, and widowed mother in a small French
village. She dabbles in trading with the Germans and develops a friendship
with a German soldier named Thomas. This friendship leads the family
into a series of unfortunate events finally causing them to flee the
town. Now as an older widow, she returns and tries to address the reasons
for what happened.
Birth Of Venus
by Sarah Dunant
This novel draws the reader into the turbulent times of 15th century
Florence as seen through the eyes of the spirited 14 year old daughter
of a cloth merchant who wishes to paint, a vocation thought unseemly
for a women at that time.. The author focuses on the fate of Renaissance
women, on lust and betrayal, and on the role religion played in their
everyday life. This is history at it’s best.
by Kate Mosse
This novel is a real page turner evolving around the lives of two
closely linked females
born 800 years apart. It is beautifully written and full of suspense
and intrigue--a truly enjoyable read.
The Far Pavilions
by MM Kaye
This book is at once a sweeping romance, a gripping adventure story,
and a tale about identity and belonging. MM Kaye is simply the most marvelous
story teller, and her descriptions of India are breath-taking too. MM
Kaye sets this story against the grand displays of Indian courts, the
British army, teeming bazaars, and the different cultures and religions
by Piers Anthony
Anthony based this saga on early 16th-century artifacts found in an actual
North Florida Indian burial mound. Combining myth, fantasy and history,
this wide-ranging, picturesque adventure follows the 15-year quest of
a young 16th-century Florida Indian,Throat Shot. He wanders far and wide
as a trader's interpreter, learning songs and stories as he goes, encountering
a series of colorful traveling companions who either regale him with
their own unique stories or pull him into one risky escapade after another.
Magic Kingdom for Sale- Sold!
by Terry Brooks
Haven’t you always wished you could live in a Magic Kingdom? Ben
Holiday bought one, but he was in for some big surprises. This is a sci-fi/fantasy
that stands on it’s own and isn’t part of a long series.
There are a few more Magic Kingdom books, but this one’s fun
all by itself.
A mystical tale of lasting love amidst political turmoil in Tibet.
by Tucker Malarkey
The Da Vinci Code goes to Egypt with a twist. It is a very readable
and believable story of mystery, romance and archeology in the late
following the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels. The fiction intertwines
very easily with the historical facts making for an interesting tale.
Birds in Fall
by Brad Kessler
This is a lovely story of strangers who meet on a Newfoundland coastal
island following a tragic airline crash. It is a beautifully written
story and the emotions portrayed are truly poignant. I hope this book
will lead you to see the migration of birds differently and that in
the end you will have an appreciation of the “halcyon days.”
I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
by Nora Ephron
A quick read that looks at just about everything with a degree of humor.
Whether it is cooking, marriage, face cream, menopause, divorce, or her
neck, Ephon has a comment that will make the reader smile or just shake
her head. The ideas bounce off the page as they do in a group of women
who can openly talk and laugh about where life has taken them.
by Ingrid Hill
Ursula is two-years old when she falls down a mine shaft. The novel
describes the rescue effort within the context of two thousand
years of Ursula’s
Finnish and Chinese ancestors.
Sister of My Heart
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Two women, born on the same day and friends from childhood have a closer
bond than many sisters. Even the distance between India and America
can not keep them apart.
by Alice Hoffman
Is nature or nurture more important? Are humans more violent than animals?
What holds a family together, and what can pull it apart? These are
just a few questions that Alice Hoffman raises in this “can’t
put it down” novel.
by Katherine Graham
Katherine Graham reflects generously and candidly about her accomplishments
at The Washington Post, her family life, and her growth as a woman
through the different phases of her life. An interesting journey and
a “fast” read (considering its length) due to her conversational
style of writing.
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Quote from the dust jacket: “The international literary sensation
about a boy’s magical journey through the secrets and shadows
of postwar Barcelona in search of a mysterious author whose book has
proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.”
Talking to the Dead
by Helen Dunmore
Nothing is as it seems in this lyrical story of two sisters
The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss
Aging Leon Gursky doesn't know that the book that he wrote 60 years
earlier for the girl he loved survived WWII. Nor does he know that
a 14 year old Alma Singer is named for the main character in his book.
Leon and Alma's stories unfold incrementally on parallel tracks, eventually
The Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
story of the hard work and genius of the 1893 World Columbian
Exposition is contrasted against a demonic serial killer. The murders
tastefully and do not include extraneous detail. You will be amazed
products, sayings and traditions that originated at the Fair!
by W. Dale Cramer
Mullett grows up in a Ohio family of the Old Order Amish – a
life of comforting ritual and unrelenting judgement. Rejection of the
rigid life takes him away from the family to World War II and a life
of his own which results in his banishment. But love for his family
and circumstances within that circle lead him “home” again.
Journal of a Solitude
by May Sarton
of novelist, poet, and essayist May Sarton’s most influential
books, Journal of a Solitude, tells of her decision to live alone and “take
up my real life again’. Sarton writes of depression, rage,
courage, hope, creativity and much more. She writes unflinchingly
life through many journals and memoirs. Among them are The House
By the Sea, At Seventy, After the Stroke, and Encore.
The Amber Room
by Steve Berry
The Amber Room, an exquisite work of art seized by the Russians from
the Nazis in 1941, hidden, and never seen again, is the subject of
this art thriller, written in the style of The DaVinci Code.
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
by Linda Berdoll
will never think about the brooding Mr. Darcy the same way again
after you read
this sexy, funny, boisterous continuation
of Jane Austen’s
(If you enjoy it, continue on with the story with the
sequel, Darcy & Elizabeth
: at home at Pemberly.)
A Year By the Sea
by Joan Anderson
With her sons grown and her husband’s job transferred, Joan Anderson
decides to move to a Cape Cod cottage alone in an attempt to sort out
her life. This is her account of a year of self-examination and discovery.
She wrote a second book titled A Walk on the Beach.
on the Beach
by Joan Anderson
Soon after moving to Cape Cod to spend a year of spiritual exploration
alone, Joan Anderson meets an older woman while walking on the beach. Thus
begins this memoir of a nourishing friendship and mutual support. Her first
book was A Year By the Sea.
by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey is the story of the unsophisticated, sincere, and rather
silly young girl named Catherine Morland on her first trip away from home,
for a stay in Bath. There she meets the entertaining Henry Tilney; later,
on a visit to his family's house (Northanger Abbey) she learns to distinguish
between the highly charged calamities of Gothic fiction and the realities
of ordinary life (which can also be distressing in their way). Like Austen's
Love and Friendship, this book makes fun of the conventions of many late
18th century literary works, with their highly wrought and unnatural emotions;
some of this humor derives from the contrast between Catherine Morland
and the conventional heroines of novels of the day.
by Philippa Gregory
This historical novel takes place in colonial Virginia and follows Gregory’s
previous novel Earthly Joys. John Tradescant, Jr. travels to the New World
to avoid the civil war in England. He lives among the native Indians and
learns their ways with plants and herbs. He becomes more comfortable with
the natives than with the colonialists and postpones his return to England.
Telling any more would ruin your read – enjoy!
by Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler is a master of quirky twists and turns in adventure stories.
His topics are always salient and his major character, Dirk Pitt, is bigger
than life (think Sean Connery). Watch for “Clive” in all of
Cussler’s books. Sahara is just a fun read.
Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
This is a very funny follow-up to his first book which introduced us to
the Bachelor Brothers’ B&B – a special B&B for book
lovers. The chapters are written in the voices of the two brothers, and
their guests, and interspersed with clippings from the local weekly The
Occasional Rumor. Definitely a quick, light read!
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
by Queen Noor
Lisa Halaby led a charmed life even before she became the Queen of Jordan
by marrying King Hussein in 1978. Yet she writes without an elitist outlook
and provides an insider’s view of events in the Middle East during
the 1970s and 1980s. This is a touching memoir.
Property of a Lady
the eve of the Russian Revolution, a maharajah gives a large
emerald to a Russian princess. Many years later a 45-carat emerald
comes up for auction in Geneva – is it the same emerald?
This great story weaves a little romance with history, mystery
This novel is a study of cruelty and redemption.
Ten-year old Gabriel is abandoned by his father at a relative’s house on Christmas
Eve. This is just one more in a series of disappointments in his young
life. Although Gabriel struggles to fit in to his new “home” he
becomes a social outcast. Yet his presence eventually impacts the
This novel tells the story of enduring love, friendship, and the gift
of the human spirit. Lainey is a wife/mother/office worker whose life
is suddenly changed when her husband enters a coma caused by a freak
accident. She is the only person who believes he will one day wake
up, and she visits him daily. The novel is about believing in something
so desperately that one can make impossible things happen.
Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology
After graduating from MIT Brende designed and lived the
ultimate experiment: “has
technology made our lives easier and ‘better’?” He
and his wife spent 18 months living among a group of “Minimites” – totally
off the grid. They learned about farming with help from their new
community, and they lived by the rhythms of the seasons.
This novel fills in the missing story of the absent father
in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and does so with beautiful lyrical
writing. It reminds us that those left behind can never know the pain
and dilemmas facing loved ones at war. Likewise, war combatants are
always profoundly affected – physically, emotionally or both.
by Amy Bending Brown
Based on fact, this book explores the life of Lidian Jackson Emerson,
who married the renowned transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Sometimes it is difficult to discern fact from fiction, but it
is a wonderful read for those who enjoy historical fiction.
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
by Thad Carhart
memoir is one of my favorite books. The author discovers a mysterious
and unwelcoming piano shop that thwarts
every move to procure a piano. Carhart offers a delightful portrait
of the French, while blending mystery and piano history in his search
for a lost childhood passion. (also
available on audiocassette)
Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast
One of our staff used this book last year to identify
animal tracks in the snow around her home. Here
is an edited version of an Amazon.com review: “ Do you find
yourself scratching your head when you examine tracks in the snow
in your back
yard? Have you wondered what animal left that
distinctive scat? Diane Gibbons' book will illuminate your world.
The book is well illustrated, and makes a great reference for the
and accurate identification of the tracks and signs of all mammals
in the nine northeastern states.”
Charms for the Easy Life
by Kaye Gibbons
This interesting story chronicles the life of three generations of
strong willed Southern women living together during World War II.
Margaret, the narrator, gently and humorously regales readers with
of her grandmother, a respectable yet unlicensed physician/midwife.
This is an easy read, with lovely prose, including descriptions of
Raleigh, North Carolina during WWII.
Irish Lace: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel
by Andrew Greeley
Nuala occasionally has visions from the past. While driving down Lake
Shore Drive, she is overwhelmed by the screams of thousands of dying
men. Her husband begins investigating and discovers that it was the
site of the most notorious prison camp of the Civil War. His investigation
turns more serious when Nuala is pursued by alleged members of the
IRA, and is arrested as an art thief.
The Other Boyelyn Girl
Glittering period details and plenty of conniving ladies-in-waiting
bring the Tudor Dynasty to light in this story of a woman who never
became wife to Henry VIII.
Dog: A Short Novel
by Michelle Herman
A short feel-good story about a disarming puppy named Phil who interrupts
the carefully ordered life of a single middle-aged professor.
by Elizabeth Inness-Brown
A Barn in New England: Making a Home on Three Acres
A beautifully written and heartfelt account of turning
a 4-story, 6,000 square-foot barn into a home. As the work progresses,
of a family unit with the author’s partner and her 8-year old
son. The story also incorporates lovely descriptions of their natural
surroundings: animals, plants and nighttime star gazing.
The Time Traveler's Wife
This clever and ambitious first novel introduces us to Henry and
Clare, whose love story transcends time and age. Clare first meets
an adult Henry when she is six; Henry first meets Claire when they
are both adults. Although the story jumps around in time, the reader
always knows who is narrating each sequence, whether in the past,
present, or future.
by Jodi Picoult
A baby is found dead at an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. An 18-year
old Amish girl denies the medical proof that she was the mother.
A high-profile attorney arrives from Philadelphia to defend the girl,
but finds that all is not as it seems.
by Anna Quindlin
This novel interweaves the issues of social class, family secrets,
and motherhood. The characters come to terms with their pasts through
their connections with each other.
Julie and Romeo
by Jeanne Ray
The Cacciamani and Roseman families despise and distrust
each other. Julie Roseman bumps into Romeo Cacciamani at a small-business
They’re both running their family florist shops, and struggling
to keep them afloat. They’re both single and the dreaded Romeo
Cacciamani seems sort of sweet. Now their unexpected relationship
is blooming into something big. Julie and Romeo think it’s
love, but when their families find out, it’s war. The sequel
is Julie and Romeo Get Lucky.
All is Vanity
Readers will enjoy the timeliness of this laugh-out-loud didactic
by Jeff Shapiro
Renato, the protagonist and waterworks man, entertains
us with descriptions of small town life in Tuscany. With a charming
characters, readers wait to discover how the fates of the townspeople
will change with Renato's "stroke of luck". The author
lived in New Hampshire before moving to Italy to teach English
by Sarah Stonich
Stories intertwine as a documentary filmmaker recovering from heartbreak
on the coast of Ireland attempts to record the family stories of
the remote inhabitants
Brenda Rickman Vantrease
If you enjoy historical fiction, this 14th century novel portrays the
love of Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, for Finn, a widower and
master illuminator. Their compelling love story unfolds against a
backdrop of political intrigue and religious tyranny testing the ties
honor and loyalty. The author fashions a compelling narrative about
a dark period in history portrayed through characters from all walks
by Penny Vincenzi
This engrossing family saga about a headstrong young
a British publishing house on the eve of WW1 is the first of a trilogy. Imagine
Taylor Bradford meets Joanna Trollope ˜ a fun vacation read.
A Man Without a Country
by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut brings his wit and anger to many topics, including (but not
limited to): politics, history, environmental destruction, and extended
families. Along the way he quotes Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and
Jesus Christ. There is plenty to ponder here.
Desert Queen: Extraordinary Life of
by Janet Wallach
the first woman to earn an advanced degree in modern history at
Oxford, and wrote seven books on the Middle East. She
was oriental secretary to the British High Commission in Iraq after
World War I. Bell had a colorful life and a memorable personality.
by Marly Youmans
With sparse, elegant prose, Youmans creates an intensely emotional
story about the love of a mother for her child.
The Weight of All Things
by Oral Lee Brown
This inspirational book describes how one
woman followed through on her promise to a classroom of first-graders
that if they stayed in school she would see that they got to college.
Against the odds of extreme poverty, absent or apathetic parents, and
neighborhoods full of drugs and violence – she succeeded to see
all her “babies” graduate from high school and most of
them from college also. A true testament to how one person really can
make a difference.
Jane Austen in Boca
by Paula Marantz Cohen
by Anita Daimant
A heartwarming story of a new friendship between two women as they cope with
the obstacles in their lives. Taking long walks on the beach, they share their
thoughts and emotions on a journey of self-discovery and renewal. The story
takes place in Gloucester, MA so the sights may be familiar to readers.
by Katie Fforde
A slightly ditzy and loveable heroine turns her passion for gardening into
a business of her own in this “delightfully old-fashioned romance”.
The Sad Truth About Happiness
by Anne Giardini
Set in Vancouver, this debut novel follows the life of 32-year-old Maggie as
she tries to discover the true nature of happiness.
The Good Journey
by Micaela Gilchrist
This well-researched piece of historical fiction was inspired by the letters
and diaries of a Southern belle who traveled West in the 1800’s. The
writing is beautiful and the characters are believable and memorable.
The Joy of the Snow
by Elizabeth Goudge
The author of Green Dolphin Street, The Child from the Sea, and many other
fine novels writes about her life and the background to her writing. If you’ve
read and loved her novels, then don’t miss this book. If you are unfamiliar
with Goudge, this is the perfect introduction to her writing.
More Than You Know
by Beth Gutcheon
This ghost story takes place on the coast of Maine and tells two interconnected
stories – one from the mid 1800’s and the other from the 1930’s.
The Best Day, The Worst Day
by Donald Hall
The Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy
If you enjoy the classic tales of Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, you are sure to love this novel. Taking place in the woodlands of Wessex,
England, the plot surrounds the passions, schemes, and tragedies of mixed-up
lovers. Hardy’s gift for describing the rustic landscape is so full of
detail it’s as if you were looking at a painting. Also available on audiocassette.
by Jean Hegland
This beautifully written novel examines how one choice can lead us to places
we never thought we’d go. The story opens as two young women learn that
they are pregnant. Each follows a different path.
Georgette Heyer Omnibus
by Georgette Heyer
Heyer set a high standard of writing in the Regency romance genre. This volume
contains three of her many works: Faro’s Daughter, The Corinthian, and
The Nonesuch. If you have read all of Jane Austen and are looking for a new
author to fill that void, then you have found her!
by Khaled Hosseini
novel describes the political and social turmoil in Afghanistan during
the end of the 20th century. A childhood friendship develops between
two boys of widely different social classes, resulting in a betrayal
and ultimate separation.
The Grand Complication
by Allen Kurzweil
This is an exceptionally clever biblio-mystery about a reference librarian
and an erudite patron involved in a real-life reference project.
by Jeffrey Lent
This novel has the ring of reality and truth. A young Union soldier meets a
runaway slave on his way home from war and takes her to his home in Vermont
as a wife. It is a searing portrait of race, love, violence and family.
by Barry Lopez
This book celebrates the Arctic landscape and all that is found there: earth,
sea, light, ice, animals, and the native people and their way of life. It is
also an exploration of dreams that arctic landscapes evoke, and man’s
search for a way to belong. This haunting book will provide food for thought
for a long time to come.
by Deborah Moggah
In 1630s Amsterdam, tulip fever has touched everyone. This quick read has a
Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
(winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award) This
collection of poems and essays “offer praise to the world”.
My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult
This novel is an excellent choice for a book discussion group. The book raises
many ethical questions about families, the right to live, genetics, and the
meaning of sisterhood.
Disturbances in the Field
by David Sedaris
funny autobiographical essays give credence to the saying, “truth
is stranger than fiction”. I would recommend anything written
by Sedaris. A commentator for NPR, his radio pieces can be heard
on This American Life.
The Storyteller's Daughter
The Pilot's Wife
by Anita Shreve
This suspenseful book will keep you reading late into the night. It may also
make you question just how well you know your spouse.
This was probably my favorite Anita Shreve book. I’ve heard that it was
inspired by a letter she found in her Grandmother’s attic. It is a simple
story about an American B17 pilot who crashes his plane in Nazi occupied Belgium
and comes under the protection of a farmer’s wife who is active in the
Without Reservations: Travels of an Independent Woman
Alice Steinbach is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who wrote for the Baltimore
Sun. This book beautifully describes her travels to London, Oxford, Paris,
and Italy during her sabbatical from the Sun. She wrote a second book titled
Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman.
Over the Moat
by James Sullivan
This true story of modern Vietnam describes a young man’s bicycle journey
from Saigon to Hanoi. Along the way he enjoys a cultural education and meets
a shop girl who becomes the focus of his life.
There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse
I loved this charming book. The author chronicles his adventures at his cabin
in northern Vermont with wit and wisdom.
Brother and Sister
by Joanna Trollpe
This novel explores the definition of motherhood and family. An adopted brother
and sister disagree about searching for their “real” mothers.
A Spanish Lover
After I read this book I wanted to jump on a plane to Spain (but alas I didn’t).
The story follows the lives of twin sisters from a “proper” British
family. One sister shocks her family when she becomes the mistress of a married
by Jennifer Vanderbes
This book explores the parallel yet unique stories of two women who travel
to Easter Island sixty years apart.