Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads: You can’t go wrong with this murder mystery

Recommended Reads: You can’t go wrong with this murder mystery

The Wrong Girl, by Hank Phillippi Ryan Is she the wrong girl? The two women sitting across from each other, recently introduced, look much the same. In subtle and uncanny ways, their mannerisms are similar. Are these women related, long lost to each other and now reunited? Or, is she the wrong girl? Is this really her birth mother? Is this the reunion they’ve both yearned for? Or is this match-by-... »

Recommended Reads: ‘The Paris Wife’ looks at Hemingway’s life through spouse’s eyes

Recommended Reads: ‘The Paris Wife’ looks at Hemingway’s life through spouse’s eyes

The Paris Wife, By Paula McLain I’ve found an interesting he said/she said pair of books. Published after Ernest Hemingway’s death, “A Moveable Feast” is his memoir of his experience starting as a writer in 1920’s Paris, with his wife Hadley Richardson. It was put together by his fourth wife, Mary Welsh, who edited his personal manuscripts and notes containing his observations and stor... »

Recommended Reads: A savory memoir from actress Linda Evans

Recommended Reads: A savory memoir from actress Linda Evans

Recipes for Life, by Linda Evans Start with a large serving of a lifetime of memories including appearances around the world, interesting stories with friends, including many other celebrities, and loves of her life. Season it with many vibrant pictures that spice up the stories. Then sprinkle that with the author’s favorite recipes, as well as some recipes shared by her celebrity friends. Finally... »

Recommended Reads: Four best friends reunited in ‘Once Upon A Project’

Recommended Reads: Four best friends reunited in ‘Once Upon A Project’

Once Upon A Project, by Bettye Griffin It’s an invitation to a different kind of reunion. Its 50 years since the opening of the Chicago housing project, and one of the former residents wants to celebrate their past community. Many of the former residents come, spanning generations. This book focuses primarily on four women who grew up in the project as best friends. They halfheartedly kept in spor... »

Recommended Reads: ‘B is for Burglar’ an exciting, cozy mystery

Recommended Reads: ‘B is for Burglar’ an exciting, cozy mystery

B is for Burglar, by Sue Grafton I’m drawn to red herrings in an entertaining mystery novel — are you? I’ve just stumbled onto Sue Grafton’s “alphabet mysteries”, and in B Is for Burglar I happily feasted on a red herring served up by the author with all the trimmings. At the novel’s end, the surprise was on me. Kinsey Millhone is the single, female, 32-year-old, self-employed private invest... »

Recommended Reads: ‘When I was Puerto Rican’ a touching memoir

Recommended Reads: ‘When I was Puerto Rican’ a touching memoir

When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago April 23 is William Shakespeare’s celebrated birthday, and it’s World Book Night. Each year on that night, World Book Givers across the U.S. give away books that are donated by the authors and publishers. The books are given to those who don’t regularly read or don’t have access to printed books. In 2013 Givers across the country handed out half a mil... »

Recommended Reads: ‘Gone Girl’ a chilling thriller

Recommended Reads: ‘Gone Girl’ a chilling thriller

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn Last Thursday night, author Gillian Flynn spoke at the Seattle Town Hall, Seattle Arts and Lectures series. She is the author of three novels, including “Gone Girl.” This story is a chilling, psychological thriller. As I kept reading I thought curiously how strange this story gets, and then it gets crazier and crazier. Gillian’s novel is plot driven, but the... »

Recommended Reads: ‘The Night Circus’ a magical tale that delivers

Recommended Reads: ‘The Night Circus’ a magical tale that delivers

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern “The circus arrives without warning. . . It is simply there when yesterday it was not.” It’s a mystical Victorian circus and as it travels its fame grows. The appeal is to all ages, and a group of fans form with mysterious ways to predict where the circus may appear next. Open only from sunset to sunrise, the night hours are filled with magic, caramel popcorn,... »

Recommended Reads: Book sheds light on secrets to a happy life

Recommended Reads: Book sheds light on secrets to a happy life

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo What does a happy life, a life well lived, look like? That is the question this author sets out to research. This book is a description of what he learned from interviewing over 200 people ages 60 to 106. Each person had been identified by friends and family as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning.” It turns o... »

Recommended Reads: The secret spy ring that saved the American Revolution

Recommended Reads: The secret spy ring that saved the American Revolution

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger Here is an historic example of ordinary people living extraordinary lives. These people acted with heroism and patriotism that they had to keep secret from their friends, family, and community. This book is centered on General George Washington’s persistence to win New York back from B... »

Recommended Reads:  ‘The Violets of March’ all about family secrets

Recommended Reads: ‘The Violets of March’ all about family secrets

The Violets of March, by Sarah Jio Psssst. I have a secret. When you hear those words, especially with a lowered voice, it gets your attention. This novel is all about family secrets. The story holds added fascination with most of its action set on beautiful Bainbridge Island. Vivid writing brings the Island to life, as if it’s another character in the novel. Sarah Jio lives in Seattle with her fa... »

Recommended Reads: ‘Harvest’ a chilling look into world of transplant medicine

Recommended Reads: ‘Harvest’ a chilling look into world of transplant medicine

Harvest, by Tess Gerritsen Did anyone ever warn you that sometimes you will reap what others sow? I’m not talking agriculture; this “Harvest” is within a medical thriller. This novel is a chilling, heart-pounding look into the world of transplant medicine. And especially a look into what is reaped when a system goes unthinkably wrong. Dr. Abby DiMatteo is a medical resident at Boston’s... »

Recommended Reads: ‘The Fire’ presents a mysterious, living game of chess around the world

Recommended Reads: ‘The Fire’ presents a mysterious, living game of chess around the world

The Fire, by Katherine Neville There has been a 200-year-long quest for the fabulous, bejeweled chess set of Charlemagne. The historical and modern people participating in this quest have taken on the persona of each of the different, opposing chess pieces. The Black Queen from the first novel “The Eight” suddenly surfaces in Russia 30 years later, launching the living chess game searc... »

Recommended Reads: ‘The House at the End of Hope Street’ spellbinding

Recommended Reads: ‘The House at the End of Hope Street’ spellbinding

The House at the End of Hope Street, by Menna Van Praag Overwhelmed by life, a magical house offers a 99-night reprieve to women who need an oasis to sort out their way. Why 99? It’s just enough time to transform a life, but not too much time so you’ll procrastinate. At the end of Hope Street, an enchanted house can appear just in time for a distraught young woman. The house is kept up by a beauti... »

Recommended Reads: ‘A Gift from the Enemy’ a poignant WWII memoir

Recommended Reads: ‘A Gift from the Enemy’ a poignant WWII memoir

A Gift from the Enemy: Childhood Memories in Wartime Italy, by Eric Lamet This memoir spans 67 months, more than 2,000 days, starting from the ill-fated Sunday in March 1938 when Hitler’s troops invaded Austria and turned this Jewish family into nomads. Sixty-seven months of running, hiding, trying to stay alive and maintaining sanity is a compelling story, particularly as it is told through the v... »

Recommended Reads: ‘Me Before You’ about love and overcoming limitations

Recommended Reads: ‘Me Before You’ about love and overcoming limitations

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes Two people are thrown together by circumstances, and destiny. When you meet each of them you’re certain that these two personalities are not naturally drawn to each other. That is a description of me before you . . . for them. By that I mean, it’s a description of what they were before coming into each other’s lives, not what they become. Louisa (Lou) Clark is a workin... »

Recommended Reads: ‘Purse of Your Own’ gives women big picture on finances

Recommended Reads: ‘Purse of Your Own’ gives women big picture on finances

Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security, by Deborah Owens with Brenda Lane Richardson Have you resolved to get your finances under control and make headway on defining and achieving your financial goals? Here is a very helpful guide for how to do just that. It is written especially for women, encouraging them to take control of their lives, their futures, and their purses by leverag... »

Recommended Reads: ‘Republic of Thieves’ an epic adventure story

Recommended Reads: ‘Republic of Thieves’ an epic adventure story

The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch Herein is an epic adventure story. It begins curiously as a narrative like Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” with an orphan gang and the Fagin type of character. It develops into parallel plot lines that tell, in alternating chapters, about the main characters’ childhoods and their adult magical adventures. Yes, it is magical adventures. This fant... »

Recommended Reads: ‘A quirky little novel illustrated with photos’

Recommended Reads: ‘A quirky little novel illustrated with photos’

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs This story intrigues from the beginning. As the author modestly describes it, “this is a quirky little novel illustrated with photos.” The odd collection of vintage photos that is showcased, integral to the story, fascinates and haunts you. Your excitement to read the next plot turn is matched by your eagerness to see the next curious ph... »

Recommended Reads: ‘Across a Hundred Mountains’ puts human face on immigration issue

Recommended Reads: ‘Across a Hundred Mountains’ puts human face on immigration issue

Across a Hundred Mountains, by Reyna Grande Illegal immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is most often a political or economic discussion. This novel puts a human face on the families involved in the 1980s. This is the story of one family, their tragedies, and the impacts of their extreme poverty in Guerrero, Mexico. The father labors in the fields for pesos. He hears tales from others about big wa... »

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