Finlay-Donovan-is-Killing-It-by-Elle-Cosimano

“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. She can’t pay …

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenit͡syn

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 for peeling back …

Act-Your-Age-Eve-Brown by Talia Hibbert

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 of the youngest …

Thursday-Murder-Club-by-Richard-Osman

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 joy as I …

Potlikker-Papers-by-John-T.-Edge

“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 include black farmers …

Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

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 journeys of two …

Name-of-the-Wind-by-Patrick-Rothfuss

“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, part mystic, and …

Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming

 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.  It’s been 7 …

The-Giver-of-Stars-by-Jojo-Moyes

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. New York: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2019. 390 pp.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a delightful, feel-good read, filled with adventure, friendship, and romance. Based on the actual historical group of women who became known as The Pack Horse Librarians, the novel is set …

when-no-one-is-watching-by-Alyssa-Cole

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. New York: Harper Collins, 2020. 352 pp.

Sydney Green is back home in Brooklyn after a devastating divorce, but she’s returned to a neighborhood that’s changing; old neighbors seem to be selling and disappearing. Real estate prices are predicted to skyrocket thanks to a proposed …