• Tyranny of Big Tech
    “The Tyranny of Big Tech” by Josh Hawley; Regnery Publishing: (200 pages, $30). Published in May of this year, The Tyranny of Big Tech presents itself as an exposé of some of the world’s largest tech monopolies, such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. This book explores what these companies… Book Reviews
  • The Passengers
    The Passengers by John Marrs, New York : Berkley, 2019. In a future that seems not impossible in the next twenty to thirty years, driver-less cars have become the norm in the U.K.  Pushed through and supported by the government, roads and infrastructure have been renovated to support and make… Book Reviews
  • The Best of Me
    The Best of Me by David Sedaris.  New York:  Little, Brown, 2020, 388 pages, $30 Essayist David Sedaris now physically lives in England, but his intellectual output inhabits permanent real estate at the street corner of Tragedy and Comedy in the American humorist oeuvre.  The Best of Me contains a… Book Reviews
  • Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi
    Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi. New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2020. 192 pages. Have you ever found yourself craving cake on a weeknight, but making one seems like too much effort? Snacking Cakes is here to save the day. With easy to follow recipes and sophisticated recipes, Snacking Cakes is sure… Book Reviews
  • Last Mission to Tokyo
    “Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice” by Michel Paradis; Simon & Schuster (472 pages, $28). Published in 2020, Last Mission to Tokyo by Michel Paradis is a thrilling New York Times bestseller which reveals the dramatic aftermath of the… Book Reviews
  • All the Little Hopes
    All the Little Hopes by Leah Weiss. Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2021]. 352 pp. Many of us whose families grew up in North Carolina understand well life on a farm (even if our families moved “to town” a generation or more ago). It doesn’t take long to drive from… Book Reviews
  • The Ratline
    “The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive” by Philippe Sands; Weidenfeld & Nicolson (432 pages, $30). Published in 2020, Philippe Sands’ bestselling historical exposé, The Ratline, follows the trail of one Baron Otto Gustav von Wächter. Wächter held many titles in his life, having been… Book Reviews
  • Go Back to School with These Great Books!
    The start of a new school year often brings up a mix of emotions—excitement to see friends, worry about new teachers or a new school, or even sadness that summer has ended. These feelings can be a lot to process, and reading a book may help. These great picture books… Book Reviews
  • The Happiest Man on Earth
    “The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor” by Eddie Jaku; Macmillan Australia (195 pages, $25). Published in July 2020, The Happiest Man on Earth is a N.Y. Times bestselling autobiography written by smiling Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku. At 101 years old, Eddie has over a… Book Reviews
  • The Plot
    The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. New York: Celadon, 2021, 322 pages. Can the plot of a book be stolen? And what are the consequences of that action? Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist. Now, he barely makes ends meet with his job as a teacher at… Book Reviews
  • The Wise Man’s Fear
    “The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss; New York : DAW Books ; [New York] : Distributed by Penguin Group, c2011. 994 pages, $30. “My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with… Book Reviews
  • Survive the Night
    Survive the Night by Riley Sager. Boston, MA: Dutton, 2021, 336 pp. Riley Sager’s latest chiller is an homage to the B movies of a different time. A little claustrophobic, a bit of whatever it is that makes slasher movies so compelling, and a touch of Hitchcockian, gas-lighting psychodrama. To… Book Reviews
  • Mary Jane
    Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau. New York, NY : Custom House, [2021]. 314 pp. Growing up in the mid-1970’s, Mary Jane’s life is fairly constricted. She goes to school, to church, and helps her mother around the home. Her parents are conservative, neat, and quiet, and expect her to… Book Reviews
  • Vietnam: A New History
    “Vietnam: A New History” by Christopher Goscha; Basic Books (240 pages, $35). Published in September 2016, Vietnam: A New History is a widely acclaimed deep dive into the history of Vietnam from antiquity to the modern day. It was written by Christopher Goscha, renowned American-Canadian historian and professor at the… Book Reviews
  • A Master of Djinn
    A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark. New York: Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2021. 392 pages. I have become fascinated with folk tales and traditions from other countries, including djinns and daevas from the Middle Eastern/Arab countries. Like most fairy/folk tales, A Master of Djinn is dark and full… Book Reviews
  • Extraterrestrial
    “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth” by Abraham Loeb; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (240 pages, $27). Published in January 2021, Extraterrestrial is a NY Times bestseller written by renown Israeli-American theoretical physicist and Harvard University astronomer Dr. Abraham “Avi” Loeb. In 2018, Avi attracted media attention for suggesting… Book Reviews
  • One Last Stop
    One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. Santa Barbara, CA: Griffin, 2021. 432 pp. August Landry is 23 years-old and jaded. She has spent her whole life helping her mom try to solve the mystery of her uncle Auggie’s disappearance, and is running away to try to live her own life.… Book Reviews
  • In Bitter Chill
    “In Bitter Chill” by Sarah Ward. Sept. 2015. 320p. Minotaur/Thomas Dunne, $24.99 (9781250069177); e-book (9781466878082). Forty-something Rachel Jones becomes the center of unwanted attention in present-day rural Derbyshire when new murders linked to her kidnapping 35-years ago hit the news.  As an 8-year-old, Rachel was abducted on the walk to… Book Reviews
  • Man’s Search for Meaning
    “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl; Beacon Press (200 pages, $23). Dr. Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 – 1997) was a world-renowned Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor. He founded “logotherapy”, a psychotherapy method of great significance. He published 39 books in his lifetime, including his famous… Book Reviews
  • The Shadows Between Us
    “The Shadows Between Us” by Tricia Levenseller. New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020. 336pp. Alessandra is the second daughter of an earl in a society rigidly defined by the rules of the nobility. Alessandra, however, has her own plans, and they do not involve waiting chastely for her older… Book Reviews