• Liberation Day
    Liberation Day by George Saunders. New York: Random House, 2022. 233 pages. A mother seeks revenge on the stranger who hurt her son. A grandfather writes a letter to his grandson explaining why he did not take more action to stop a dystopia from forming. Two office workers who are… Book Reviews
  • Ocean’s Echo
    Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell. New York : Tor, 2022. Romantic fantasy novels provided a gateway back into reading for many adults during the pandemic.  Can romantic science fiction novels persuade reluctant readers to dip their toes into a genre that is often seen as obscure and complex?  Give this approach… Book Reviews
  • Inheritance
    “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2019, 250 pages, $24.95, Kindle $12. Dani Shapiro is a middle-aged professional writer with a slight interest in genealogy when she submits a DNA test kit for laboratory testing in 2016. As an Orthodox… Book Reviews
  • Bloodmarked
    Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2022]. The middle book(s) in a series always feel a bit like a letdown. You know you’re not going to get resolution and answers to all of your questions, and it is easy for the story to get swamped… Book Reviews
  • We Deserve Monuments
    “We Deserve Monuments” by Jas Hammonds. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2022, 384 pages. Content warning: grief, cancer, death, homophobia and racism “We Deserve Monuments” is an incredible story of how prejudice affects three generations of women – Letty, the grandmother, Zora, the mother, and Avery, the daughter. Avery… Book Reviews
  • The Last White Rose:  A Novel of Elizabeth of York
    “The Last White Rose:  A Novel of Elizabeth of York” by Alison Weir.  New York:  Ballantine Books, 2022, 526 pages Fifteenth century England was dominated by the War of the Roses—a military and political power struggle between the British noble houses of York (symbolized by the white rose) and Lancaster… Book Reviews
  • Non-Fiction Picture Books
    When looking for family read-a-louds with the best illustrations to captivate the imaginations, we often first think of fiction.  That does not mean, however, that they are not just as many stories of friendship, magic, humor, and wonder about the world around us.  Whether you are looking for facts or… Book Reviews
  • Atomic Habits
    “Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear. Avery, 2018. (320 pages, $27). James Clear is a writer and speaker focused on habits, decision making, and continuous improvement. He is the author of #1 New York… Book Reviews
  • The Holiday Trap
    “The Holiday Trap,” by Roan Parrish. Copyright 2022, Sourcebooks Casablanca (440 pages, $16.00). Content Warning: Emotional abuse, sexual content, chronic illness. If you’re a fan of the Christmas movie, The Holiday, then you’ll love Roan Parrish’s novel The Holiday Trap with its queer and modern spin on the concept of… Book Reviews
  • Cemetery Boys
    “Cemetery Boys,” by Aiden Thomas. Copyright 2020, Swoon Reads (344 pages, $17.99). Content Warning: Transphobia, Blood, Death, Death of a parent, Violence Cemetery Boys is a refreshing coming of age story with realistic issues that people face today, interwoven with a touch of magic. We follow Yadriel as he’s just… Book Reviews
  • Fractured Fables
    “A Spindle Splintered” by Alix E Harrow.  New York:  Tom Doherty Associates, 2021. 119 pages, $17.99 “A Mirror Mended” by Alix E Harrow.  New York:  Tom Doherty Associates, 2022, 130 pages, $18.99 From the series “Fractured Fables”. Alix Harrow’s two recent novellas are time travel “fractured fairy tales” for adults… Book Reviews
  • Three Great Cookbooks for Holiday Baking
    The baking season is upon us! From now until the end of the year, kitchens will be full of bakers creating delectable delights to share with family and friends. But with so many recipes to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few… Book Reviews
  • Breaking Bad
    “Breaking Bad: A Cultural History” by Lara C. Stache; Rowman & Littlefield (236 pages, $38). AMC’s Breaking Bad spent five years presenting its audience with the tale of Walter White, a brilliant but unfulfilled high school chemistry teacher, husband, father of two, and recently diagnosed cancer patient who would go… Book Reviews
  • Babel
    Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang. New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2022]. Content Warnings: Racism, Colonization, Racial slurs, Slavery, War, Death of parent. Babel is one of the best book club books I have ever read.  Set in an alternative version of 1800s Oxford where England’s technological revolution… Book Reviews
  • How to Keep House While Drowning
    How to Keep House While Drowning: a gentle approach to cleaning and organizing by K. C. Davis. New York, NY: Simon Element, 2022. Content Warning: Ableism, Mental Illness. Prior to the Covid-19 shutdown, I blamed my untidy home on time management. My spouse and I both worked forty hours a… Book Reviews
  • Choose Your Own Horror Adventure
    October is the perfect time to explore the horror genre, but with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few recommendations to fit readers of all tastes! If You Want a Classic, try The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. In… Book Reviews
  • Bellweather Rhapsody
    Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Content Warnings: Murder, Suicide, Strong Language The late 1990s.  A snowed-in old hotel in upstate New York.  Its aging manager, who remembers the building’s grand heyday but is starting to forget most everything else.  Hundreds of teenagers packed in for… Book Reviews
  • To Hell on a Fast Horse
    To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West by Mark Lee Gardner; William Morrow (332 pages, $27). Published in 2009, Mark Lee Gardner’s To Hell on a Fast Horse is a deep dive into Sheriff Pat Garrett’s… Book Reviews
  • Widowland
    Widowland by C. J. Carey. Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2022] All I can say about Widowland is, wow. This book pulled me in from the first page, and I had trouble putting it down. Widowland is an alternate history historical fiction, in a world where England created an “Alliance”… Book Reviews
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 2022. 401 pages, $28. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin is a love story between two characters who never have a romantic relationship. Through masterful storytelling, Zevin tells the story of Sam and Sadie, two… Book Reviews