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Display Name: kim b
About me: I love my job as a librarian at HCL.
Reading Interests: I am drawn to literary and historical fiction, memoirs, adventure, and books on spirituality. My mood and intuition usually lead me to the right book at the right time.

kim b's Book Lists
Coffee and Books (19 titles)
Brew a great cup of joe and read!
Boarding Schools (13 titles)
“I always worried someone would notice me, and then when no one did, I felt lonely.” Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep
Ranking Ernest Hemingway (6 titles)
The June 6, 2014 Publisher's Weekly includes an interesting ranking. Author Nancy Sindelar (her book Influencing Hemingway comes out soon) offers her ranking of Hemingway's best fiction. I will add her ranking in the list below. Do you agree with Sindelar?
Coming soon to a library near you (34 titles)
The anticipation builds for these books either recently published or to be published in the summer or fall of 2014.
Missing Persons (26 titles)
Fiction and nonfiction about disappearances.
In Praise of Alexander McCall Smith (5 titles)
I am a huge fan of Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series (although I will only listen to them because the reader Lisette Lecat is perfection). Recently a patron asked me if I had "read" McCall Smith's series 44 Scotland Street. I hadn't. Now I'm hooked because of its character Bertie, a very intelligent and lonely six-year-old boy who has an impossible mother. There are many wonderful characters who live on 44 Scotland Street but Bertie is my favorite. Alexander McCall Smith is a master storyteller. His books are funny, smart, all too human, tender and wise.
No Winter Allowed! (18 titles)
By now you are probably very tired of winter. Escape the snow and sub-zero temperatures by reading a book that has no winter scenes.
Your Best Life (13 titles)
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought." ~ Peace Pilgrim
Notable Deaths in 2013 (21 titles)
Famous people who died in 2013, including authors, singers, actors, and astronauts.
Humdinger Reads (46 titles)

If You Like Wally Lamb (20 titles)
She's Come Undone is one of my all-time favorite novels. The main character Dolores Price, masterfully created by Lamb, is unforgettable. You can't believe a male author totally "got" Dolores in her many moods and struggles. I am now reading (and loving) his new novel We are Water. If you are a Wally Lamb fan, you probably will enjoy the following novels that also excel in brilliant character development.
Read a Classic and Laugh (17 titles)
These classics for children and adults all contain humor.
I love people who make me laugh (33 titles)
"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." ~ Audrey Hepburn
Sure Bets (45 titles)
A list for almost anyone...
New books to read (so many books, so little time) (12 titles)
If you're like me and can't wait to get your mitts on these new books, get on the reserve lists now!
Give Me More Pride and Prejudice (21 titles)
If you saw the production of Pride and Prejudice at the Guthrie Theater (it runs through August 2013), you may be in the mood for more stories like it.
Minnesota Wonders (21 titles)
Consulting naturalist for WCCO radio and author Jim Gilbert spoke at Ridgedale Library recently about the wonders of Minnesota. Open your eyes to all the wonders!
Stupendous Summer Reads (17 titles)
Depending on your reading tastes, you may find one of these new books a worthy choice to take to the beach.
Real Women in Fiction (27 titles)
Maybe you enjoyed The Paris Wife or Loving Frank... novels where the author researches a real person and writes a fictional account of her life. Lately there seems to be an increase in publication of these biographical novels. A few current titles are The Aviator's Wife and Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Enjoy entering their worlds!
Anticipation (16 titles)
New books I cannot wait to read...
What a Life She Had! (22 titles)
Memoirs and biographies of fascinating women.
How to Handle Difficult People (18 titles)
Do you have a difficult person in your life? One of these books may help you deal with challenging situations.
Chocolate Covered Fiction (13 titles)
Almost as good as the real thing...
Are Events Random or Not? (9 titles)
Synchronicity or coincidence? You be the judge.
What Do You Look Forward to Reading? (22 titles)
What do you plan to read soon? Let's share ideas... here are some titles I hope to read sooner rather than later.
Twelve from '12 (12 titles)
I've read half of these and want to read the other six. Twelve great books published in 2012.
Fictional Librarians (30 titles)

Books Way Too Good to Miss (83 titles)
A selection of absolutely wonderful books.
What to Read When You're Sick (27 titles)
You are coming down with the flu or a rotten cold. You seek comfort as you lie there miserable and achy, dreading the next time you have to swallow. You don't want to read anything difficult. Maybe an old favorite book would be nice. What do you read when you're under the weather?
You Say It's Your Birthday (9 titles)
Novels that feature a birthday.
25 Books That Make an Impact (25 titles)
Some books inspire, change viewpoints, open minds, or make significant impacts. What would you add to this list?
Celebrities Who Write Well (17 titles)
Although hundreds of books penned by celebrities are in print, there are a few show biz folks who can actually write beautifully!
Books Worth the Wait (17 titles)
Soon-to-be-published titles that will be Must Reads ... are you on the reserve lists yet?
Adventures on Water (20 titles)
Stories told from kayaks, canoes, sailboats and sloops.
Great Listening Experiences (45 titles)
This list has a variety of wonderful books, all with superb narration.
Well Read Lives (17 titles)
Writers muse on the joy they find in reading.
The Other Hepburn (13 titles)
Books about a true original, Katharine Hepburn.
Walking the Wild (18 titles)
“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” ~~ Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Audrey (12 titles)
The Guthrie Theater presents the musical/romantic comedy Roman Holiday this summer (it's delightful!). The 1953 film starred Audrey Hepburn in her first major role, and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress playing the princess. Audrey Hepburn has been gone almost 20 years now but books about her continue to be published. "The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it's all that matters.” ~ AH
The Mad Men List (29 titles)
Don, Betty, Peggy, (even daughter Sally) and many more characters read or mention books on the popular TV show Mad Men. Also included are a few books about Mad Men.
Stunning Short Stories (10 titles)
In memory of Ray Bradbury (he died this week) and because of my recent obsession with Flannery O'Connor, I have compiled some excellent short story collections. I don't normally read short stories but there are some just too great to miss!
Pops, Dad, Papa, Daddy (24 titles)
Books about fathers ... the great ones, the good ones, and the rest.
What are you reading this summer? (43 titles)
Irresistible reads for the beach or anywhere.
Family Life (24 titles)
You know what Tolstoy said, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Stories of both happy and not so happy families...
Southern Writers (17 titles)
After touring Flannery O'Connor's childhood home in Savannah, I got to thinking about all the riches from other Southern writers.
Oh! Savannah! (18 titles)
Stories and more about the pearl of Georgia ... charming Savannah.
A Fragile Mind (25 titles)
Books that feature a character with mental illness or a personality disorder.
Child Narrators in Adult Fiction (32 titles)
Adult Fiction where a child tells the story. It must be hard to do but these authors do it brilliantly!
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair (and 365 books) (13 titles)
Nina Sankovitch vowed to read a book a day for one year after her beloved sister died. She found it comforting and enlightening, and she learned a lot about herself and how to live after a great loss. I've read only 19 of the 365 books she read that year. Here are a few of the books she discovered. She doesn't mention all 365 but the list is on her blog at www.readallday.org. It's also published at the conclusion of her wonderful Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.
Fiction Featuring Writers (26 titles)
All kinds of novels about all kinds of writers...
Everything Judy (13 titles)
Want to know more about Judy Garland after seeing the Guthrie's End of the Rainbow? The play's run is now over and moved on to Broadway but you can still read about Judy (or go to New York)!
Memoirs, Memoirs and More Memoirs (15 titles)
Not to be missed recently published memoirs.
Singletons (6 titles)
Books on the joys of living alone.
If you have Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (20 titles)
One of these reads may help you make it to the next season.
Memorable Endings (22 titles)
Novels (and one short story - The Lottery) that have memorable or excellent endings!
Baseball Fiction (11 titles)
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2011) got me thinking about other baseball novels.
Great Gifts for Book Lovers (30 titles)
A book is the perfect gift! Consider one of the titles below ...
Tower of London (6 titles)
The infamous Tower of London comes alive in these novels.
What to Read on an Airplane (17 titles)
Great reads for a long flight.
Attention Dog Lovers! (10 titles)
Dog people will love love love these!
Favorite Modern Classics (47 titles)
"A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans." ~Italo Calvino
Fictional Abe (10 titles)
Novels about Abraham Lincoln, including a few alternative histories and a western.
Camelot (12 titles)
"In short, there's simply not a more congenial spot for happily-ever-aftering than here in Camelot..." Fantastic tales about King Arthur, his queen Guinevere, and of course, the Knights of the Round Table.
It's Easy Being Green (16 titles)
It might not be easy for Kermit the Frog but these books make it easy for you to be green.
Authentic Voices (24 titles)
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb is the best novel I've read where a male writer "gets" the voice of his female protagonist. This list contains novels where male authors successfully created female protagonists and female authors successfully created male protagonists.
Alaska Fiction (20 titles)
Novels set in big, bold, beautiful Alaska.
Time Travel Adventures (30 titles)
All kinds of time travel plots and stories...
Male Authors Who Write Page Turners (31 titles)
A complementary list to Jody's list Women Authors Who Write Page Turners.
Uncoupling (16 titles)
Memoirs from both men and women that explore the personal side of divorce.
Middle East Fiction (10 titles)
Human stories of the Middle East.
London Tales (72 titles)
Fiction set in historic or contemporary London.
Summer Reads (26 titles)
Mostly new books here with a few older ones thrown in for good measure. All great beach/cabin/hammock reads.
Books I'm Excited About (26 titles)
I can't wait to read these new books!
Stories that take you somewhere (19 titles)
Ah, travel ... care to be an accidental tourist?
Artful Fiction (35 titles)
After reading the fantastic new novel Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, I got to thinking about artists and art in fiction. I tried to pick out some of the best ones. What titles would you add?
Memorable Grandmothers (19 titles)
Some grandmas are warm and cuddly ... but not all.
Oh, baby! (17 titles)
Novels about pregnant women and/or new mothers.
The Writer's Life (12 titles)
Food for thought for writers.
Ordinary People (53 titles)
Remarkable memoirs from "ordinary" people.
Ahhhhh... (11 titles)
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." ~ Lily Tomlin
Overlooked or Obscure Fiction (23 titles)
These novels deserve attention but they often are overlooked. What fiction would you add to this list?
Emotional Fiction (41 titles)
All good fiction evokes emotion in the reader. This list includes novels that take the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Asperger's and Autism (14 titles)
After seeing the amazing film Temple Grandin, I wanted to learn more about autism and Asperger's Syndrome. I was more interested in relationships than facts when compiling this list.
Books that made an impression years ago (10 titles)
I read these books in high school or college and I still love them.
True Crime (19 titles)
Ann Rule rules but there are other true crime titles to peruse.
Starting Over (19 titles)
Both fiction and memoirs about changing one's life... in small, significant or sometimes profound ways.
Best Books of 2010 (14 titles)
What would you add?
The Best Christmas Books (25 titles)
Wow, there are thousands of Christmas books! Where to start? Here are a few great holiday titles for both adults and kids.
Can Hardly Wait to Read These... (23 titles)
Get yourself on the waiting list for these new novels, story collections, and the highly anticipated Autobiography of Mark Twain, published 100 years after his death.
Popcorn for the Mind (34 titles)
These novels are not deep but they are fun to read and you'll quickly flip pages. Guilty pleasure, anyone?
Memoirs You Must Not Miss (13 titles)
Instead of a Letter was originally published in 1962; a brilliant person rescued it from out-of-print Obscurity-ville.
Adults love 'em, too! (25 titles)
You don't have to be a kid or teen to love these books.
Number One Fiction (25 titles)
The very first novel to be on the New York Times Best Seller List for Fiction was And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field (August 9, 1942). Here's a sampling of Number One Fiction over the years...
Don't Be Scared (14 titles)
Try hard, try very hard, not to be scared...
Outstanding Debuts (29 titles)
First novels to discover, savor and reread.
My Summer Reading List (18 titles)
What books will you take to the beach or cabin this summer? Here's my list. I probably need a bigger beach bag.
The Cream of the Crop: Best Books of the Decade (17 titles)
What would you add to the Best Books of the Decade?
Unlocked Diaries (29 titles)
How delicious to read someone else's diary! Very private thoughts await you...
Expatriate Experiences (16 titles)
If you have ever dreamed of living abroad for an extended period of time, you can try it vicariously by reading one of these novels or memoirs.
Charleston Yarns (12 titles)
Novels that evoke the history and beauty of Charleston, South Carolina.
Books No One Should Miss! (32 titles)
Not-to-be-missed books, under any circumstance! What have I missed? What would you add?
Books that Journeyed to the Oscars (67 titles)
Now that the Academy Award ceremony is approaching, read a book that inspired a movie. Some of these movies went on to garner Oscar wins as Best Picture or Best Actor/Actress.
Olympic Figure Skating (16 titles)
I love the Winter Olympics... especially the figure skating competitions. Interviewing gold medalist Peggy Fleming years ago for my high school newspaper was an unforgettable experience!
Quirky Characters (19 titles)
Quirky characters, if brilliantly created, make a novel delicious. Do you have a favorite fictional character who has some kind of unusual personality trait?
Everyone has a Story (33 titles)
An assortment of great memoirs...
Authors I Miss (7 titles)
Sadly, most of these authors are no longer with us and one has retired from writing. I miss reading their work. Which authors do you miss?
Best Books of 2009 (11 titles)
Women authors penned some amazing novels in 2009. Here's a sampling...
Novellas (17 titles)
Short on time yet you would like a worthwhile reading experience? Try a novella, a short novel which usually has between 10,000 and 50,000 words.
Redemption (20 titles)
These novels have characters trying to atone or make good on the price of their error in judgment or their crime (which was sometimes self-inflicted).
Magical Fiction for Grown-ups (23 titles)
Be forewarned: bewitching reading ahead
Nobel Prize Winners (45 titles)
A selection of works by and about a selection of Nobel Prize winners.
Political Novels (26 titles)
You could argue most if not all fiction is political to some degree but this list covers a few notable political novels.
Mysteries for people who don't read mysteries (9 titles)
I normally do not gravitate to mysteries but I did enjoy these; character-driven tales where the people are much more important than the mystery (which I don't really care about). This is a short list. What else should I read?
The Julie and Julia Craze (23 titles)
The memoir and film Julie & Julia fires one up for new culinary adventures. More inspiration below...
Butlers and Maids and Gamekeepers, Oh My! (20 titles)
Novels about maids, butlers, chauffeurs and other domestic workers.
Your One Wild and Precious Life (15 titles)
Books to inspire, change and improve "your one wild and precious life." (from the poem The Summer Day by Mary Oliver)
A Stack of Unread Books (15 titles)
Do you ever buy books and then not read them? You really want to and have every intention to but they haven't been read yet (because you have too many library books at home with a due date). But... it still feels good to know they're there if you need them ... someday!
One Year of Deliberate Change (33 titles)
Memoirs about trying something new and different for a year.
Bananas and Beans (14 titles)
Who knew there were entire history books on beans, bananas, milk and cod?
Highly Anticipated Fall Fiction (20 titles)
Be sure to get on the library's reserve lists for some of these newly released fall novels and short stories by accomplished authors!
Money Matters (7 titles)
Excellent books to help you save money.
Wonderfully Weird (20 titles)
If you like strange books, one of these may be your cup of tea.
Fabulously Fat Fiction (34 titles)
Deliciously long novels you can sink your teeth into. East of Eden is hefty at 601 pages but War and Peace at 1386 pages is more than double its size.
Love Gone Wrong (21 titles)
Stories of unrequited love and other various and sundry problems...
Survival Stories (35 titles)
Different kinds of survival stories; some are fictional and some are real.
Foodie Fiction (22 titles)
Novels that revolve around food. What could be better?
Moving and Settling In (23 titles)
Novels (and one memoir, Angels & Aliens) that explore the experience of starting a new life across the country or the world.
Shakespeare Spinoffs & Snatchings (25 titles)
Ay me... there are so many tales inspired by the Bard!
Emotions... Men Who Get It! (17 titles)
Male novelists who masterfully create characters with emotional depth.
Movie Memoirs and More (31 titles)
A sampling of interesting celebrity biographies and memoirs. "And More" refers to books I've included that are not really "movie" memoirs such as Debra Winger's Undiscovered, Ellen Burstyn's Lessons in Becoming Myself, and Sidney Poitier's Measure of a Man.
First Person Voice (33 titles)
I'm always drawn to novels told in the first person. Spoken and unspoken thoughts, in their uncensored glory, are mine for the taking.
Fiction-like Nonfiction (39 titles)
Nonfiction that reads like fiction.
Animals are perfectly capable of narrating a story! (19 titles)
Canines (and one chimp and one cat) have no problems telling it like it is in these (mostly)novels (see Uggie which is a memoir).
Family Ties (12 titles)
Families and their complex relationships are explored in these original novels.
Unputdownables! (49 titles)
If you're like me, you won't be able to put these down. However, if you're not like me, maybe you will be able to ... but it's highly doubtful!
Prague Fiction (7 titles)
Beautiful Prague, Czech Republic is the setting for these novels.
Banned and Challenged Books (18 titles)
Just a few of many books that have been frequently or recently banned or challenged.
Minnesota Authors (26 titles)
By no means a comprehensive list but here are a few wonderful Minnesota authors to sample.
Short but not Necessarily Sweet (12 titles)
Short novels for when you don't have much time to read.
Oregon Fiction (9 titles)
Novels set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Fiction set in the Middle Ages (13 titles)
Ever wonder what it was like to live in medieval times? These novels give you a good idea.
Strange Titles (29 titles)
There are so many... I'll keep adding as I find them.
Holiday Fiction (21 titles)
Novels with a Thanksgiving or Christmas setting or scene.
Movies Based on Books (25 titles)
All of these movies are based on books. Some have been released; some will come soon.
Stay Calm (15 titles)
Help for finding peace and serenity in an uncertain world.
Articulate Animals (15 titles)
Animals express their unique points of view in these novels.
Water, Water Everywhere (18 titles)
Stories set on an ocean, river or lake.
Timeless Fiction (35 titles)
Novels that will never be out of print (or I'll eat my hat!)
Change the World (12 titles)
Both large and small ways people can make a positive impact in today's world. I especially loved Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson.
Fictional Takes on Real People (26 titles)
Authors take a real character from history and then imagine dialogues and situations... biographical fiction is fun to read while learning about a famous (or in some cases, infamous) person.
True Originals (46 titles)
One-of-a-kind novels. You'd be hard-pressed to find comparable stories.
Hello. My Name is ... (39 titles)
A variety of fictional characters to meet.
You've Got a Friend (16 titles)
Very good (and a few great) novels about friendship.
Dear Ol' Mom and Dad (21 titles)
Novels that feature someone's mom and/or dad.
You are What You Eat (11 titles)
Great books (especially The China Study!) on eating well.
Maine on my Mind (41 titles)
Stephen King often sets his novels in Maine but he isn't the only one.
Offbeat Love Stories (33 titles)
Unusual love stories with nary a formula in sight.
Childhood: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (43 titles)
Memoirs and novels about childhood. Some are carefree; some are not carefree yet funny; some are not funny.
A World of Novels (21 titles)
A sampling of good fiction by authors from around the globe.
Novel Endings (19 titles)
Novels (and a few short stories) that have very satisfying endings (but not necessarily happy) OR disturbing endings (those are noted for the squeamish).
Coming of Age (22 titles)
Characters grow up in one way or another in these excellent novels and memoirs.
No Stinkin' Thinkin' (34 titles)
Fiction and non-fiction that inspires and uplifts.
Fascinating Lives (33 titles)
Read about an interesting person; some are new memoirs, some are old, all are fascinating.
Books I Could Not Put Down (49 titles)
I found all of these books impossible to put down... or, if I just had to (to go to work, sleep, etc), I couldn't wait to pick them up again.
Someday (I will read this book) (28 titles)
I can't keep up! Books waiting for me ...
Genre Fiction for Those Who Avoid It (14 titles)
One of my favorite novels is the Time Traveler's Wife but it's cataloged in Science Fiction, a genre I normally do not read. I realized I may be missing some great books by skipping the genres. Have you tried...
Based on the Book (72 titles)
It seems to me the book is almost always better than the movie (except in the case of The Bridges of Madison County and The Notebook!). Some of these movies have been around for awhile; some are new or coming out in the next few months. What do you think? Is the book usually better than the movie?
Funny Books (30 titles)
Humor is subjective but I found these books or parts of these books just hilarious.
My Favorite Reads in 2007 (14 titles)
I enjoyed all of the books on this list; some were published in 2007 and some are older titles. My favorite book this year was Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Take a Break During Your Holiday Preparations (16 titles)
You can't bake, shop, wrap gifts, clean, and plan 24/7! Give yourself a break and read a short book.
Going Places (19 titles)
Activate your wanderlust by reading a book with an interesting setting.
Fall into books this fall (17 titles)
As the leaves turn and fall from the trees, bite into a crisp Haralson apple, and read a good book...
Lazy Afternoon Reads (20 titles)
If you are lucky enough to find yourself with a free afternoon to read under a big old oak tree or on a comfy sofa, here are some great titles to consider
Must Love Dogs or Cats (24 titles)
Some great dog and cat books...
They Took No Guff! (22 titles)
Strong women and girls in fiction...
Don't wait another minute... (17 titles)
read this book
Heaven Can Wait (13 titles)
Some heavenly titles ...
Going to the Dentist? Don't Forget a Book! (23 titles)
Tip: Always have a good book with you in case you have to kill time waiting for someone. Here are some great titles to consider:
Experience Life in Another Time and Place (24 titles)
Historical fiction at its best.
An Eclectic and Electrifying Mix (35 titles)
A hodgepodge of some favorite books...
Meet Authors (26 titles)
I enjoy attending author readings and signings. I have met the following authors; they were all great (and so are their books!)
Cold Enough For You? (11 titles)
Novels set in the midst of winter. Read these novels close to a roaring fire with hot tea in hand (unless it's summer and you want to cool off!).
Shoes, Legs or Feet on the Book Cover (33 titles)
There seems to be a trend to show feet, legs or shoes on book covers... why, I don't know, but these are all great reads.
Musical Fiction (16 titles)
Fiction where music plays a large part.
You are Almost There (18 titles)
Books with a strong sense of place. The setting is practically another character in the story.
Remarkable Friendships (16 titles)
Novels, memoirs and biographies about unusual friendships.
Oldies but Goodies (23 titles)
Timeless reads that will never go out of style.
Impressive First Novels (71 titles)
It's fun to try first novels. The ones listed here are very well crafted. Some are recently published from writers to watch. Others are debuts from now well-known authors.
Favorite Gift Books (21 titles)
I love these books and like to share them with others.

kim b's Comments    
Cover ArtThe goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
One of the best novels I’ve ever read. Stunning writing. I’m so happy it won the Pulitzer Prize. If it takes Tartt another decade to write her next novel, so be it. It’s worth the wait.   posted Aug 25, 2014 at 11:41AM

Cover ArtAn unreal dream : the Michael Morton story
Excellent documentary about Michael Morton who was wrongly imprisoned for the brutal murder of his wife. Twenty-five years later the truth comes out (both DNA proof someone else committed the crime, and the suppressed evidence by the prosecuting attorney that would have exonerated Michael). A disturbing look at our legal system.   posted Jun 30, 2014 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtThe snow child : a novel
by Eowyn Ivey
A magical, unusual read. I loved every minute of this beautiful novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.   posted Jun 30, 2014 at 11:38AM

Cover ArtCan’t we talk about something more pleasant?
by Roz Chast
Only child Roz Chast has written an excellent graphic memoir about dealing with her aging parents who had reached their nineties. Her mother is a real handful and her father is so sweet. You will laugh and cry as you read this raw, often hilarious book.   posted Jun 6, 2014 at 10:09AM

Cover ArtThe silent wife : a novel
by A. S. A. Harrison
The Silent Wife reminded me so much of Gone, Girl but I enjoyed The Silent Wife more.   posted Jun 2, 2014 at 9:14AM

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