Lauren Willig has won several romance awards with her delightfully witty Pink Carnation series, so it is exciting to see her branch out into new territory. In That Summer, she continues her pattern of connecting a story from the past with one from the present, but I think she’s gotten even better at it. In the […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
The nominees for the 2014 National Book Award have been announced for both adult fiction and nonfiction. Some of the fiction nominees include Some Luck by Jane Smiley, All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Redeployment by Phil Klay, Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle and The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol. Nonfiction nominees […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Still recovering from pneumonia and struggling with a massive load of debt accumulated while taking care of her dying mother, Annie Hewitt has come to Peregrine Island because her mother promised her that somewhere in Moonraker cottage, she left Annie a legacy worth lots of money. Annie just wants to find her inheritance and get […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I saw Conversion by Katherine Howe come across my desk, I knew I had to read it . Any fans of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, or anyone interested in the Salem Witch Trials should check this one out. Colleen Crowley and her group of friends attend St. Joan’s Academy, an all girls elite private […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Anthony Doerr has created an exquisite World War II story that takes us from hopelessness to hope, devastation to beauty many times throughout the story. He crafts his characters beautifully and brings the war to life horrendously. This is the story of a little blind French girl, Marie Laure and a German orphan boy, Werner, […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Since You’ve Been Gone is a sweet, entertaining novel about second chances. Holly Jefferson immerses herself in her work as owner of her shop “Cake”. Her husband Charlie died in an accident leaving her a widow at 27. She spends time with her family and her co-worker Jess, but after almost two years without […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
In Sophie Blackall’s The Baby Tree, a little boy starts a day that seems just like any day before, but at breakfast it becomes a very unusual day when his parents tell him that a new baby is on the way. Unsure how to respond, the boy continues to go about his day with a […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
I’m always thrilled to see a new book by Deeanne Gist, so I was surprised to find that I had missed It Happened at the Fair when it came in. I found that missing a new book provides one with the unexpected advantage of having the next book in the series available right after I […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s always nice when you can beat the TV crowd to the punch of a new series, and one that I have been telling all my friends to read as soon as they can is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. The trilogy has recently been picked up by Syfy to be developed into a TV […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Best friends are always supposed to do everything together, go everywhere together, and like exactly the same things…aren’t they? Lily and Salma discover that this may not always be the case in The Sandwich Swap, a story of friendship and accepting each other’s differences. Both girls bring their own favorite lunch every day to school: […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.