• 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
  • Second First Impressions
    Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne. New York: William Morrow, 2021, 352pp. Sally Thorne is back with her third novel, Second First Impressions, the follow-up to The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine is a genuine, heart-felt romance about how sometimes your first impression can be way-off base. Ruthie Midona… Book Reviews
  • The Girls in the Stilt House
    The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian, Naperville, IL:  Sourcebooks Landmark. 2021 $16.99 384 pages The Girls in the Stilt House is a debut historical novel set along the Natchez trace in 1920s Mississippi.  It follows the path of one poor white Bayou girl named Ada and her… Book Reviews
  • The Code Breaker
    “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race” by Walter Isaacson; Simon & Schuster (560 pages, $35). Bestselling author Walter Isaacson is famous for his in-depth technical biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, and other historic figures wrapped in the emerging technologies of… Book Reviews
  • Bitter Orange
    Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller. Tin House Books, 2018. 317 pp. While summer holidays abroad are still off the table in our 2021 reality, Bitter Orange offers an invitation to the summer of 1969 as Claire Fuller’s atmospheric writing drops readers into Lyntons, the crumbling remains of a once grand… Book Reviews
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea
    The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Copyright 2020, Tor Books (398 pages, $27.00). The House in the Cerulean Sea is a wonderful, low-fantasy read that is full of charm, heart, understanding, and unexpected humor. The world that we find ourselves in is one where magic and magical… Book Reviews
  • Finlay Donovan is Killing It
    “Finlay Donovan is Killing It” by Elle Cosimano. New York: Minotaur Books, 2021. 359 pp. Finlay Donovan is having a very bad year. Her husband has left her for a blonde bombshell real estate agent named Theresa. She hasn’t written a word in months, and her deadlines are flying by.… Book Reviews
  • The Gulag Archipelago
    The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Vol. 1-3) by Aleksandr Solzhenit͡syn; Harper & Row: (2,064 pages, $36.22). You may have not heard of it before, but the Gulag Archipelago is widely considered to be one of the 20th century’s most important works of non-fiction. It is credited… Book Reviews
  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown
    Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. New York: HarperCollins, 2021. 400 pp. Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the final installment in Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sister’s trilogy. Following best-sellers and romance fan-favorites Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Get a Clue, Dani Brown, this one is the tale… Book Reviews
  • The Thursday Murder Club
    The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. [New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2020]. 355 pp. I love mystery novels of all kinds, from the fluffiest cozies to the grittiest police novel. But my favorite mysteries are ones that challenge me in some way, have interesting characters, and bring me… Book Reviews
  • The Potlikker Papers
    “The Potlikker Papers:  A Food History of the Modern South” by John T. Edge.  New York:  Penguin Press, 2017, 370 pages, $28 Distinguished food writer John Edge talks about the Civil Rights movement and the New South eating scene via the lens of its foodways and culinary traditions.  Subjects covered… Book Reviews
  • The Thirty Names of Night
    The Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar. Atria Books, 2020. 304p. The Thirty Names of Night is Zeyn Joukhandar’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Map of Salt and Stars. In many ways, The Thirty Names of Night feels almost like a companion piece, similarly following the… Book Reviews
  • The Name of the Wind
    “The Name of the Wind” (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss; DAW Books (662 pages, $16). “The Name of the Wind” has been the most entertaining fantasy novel that I’ve read so far this year! It follows the story of a man on the run; Kvothe, who’s part adventurer,… Book Reviews
  • Hid from Our Eyes
     Hid from Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming.  New York:  Minotaur Books, 2020, 340 pages, $27.99 Hid from Our Eyes is the ninth outing in Julia Spencer-Fleming’s popular mystery series set in upstate New York with main characters Episcopal rector Clare Fergusson and her husband Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. … Book Reviews