Hitler’s 1936 Olympics saw our “Boys in the Boat” row to victory. Now we get to learn about the “Fast Girls” on the U.S. track team who made history—specifically three women who had their own personal obstacles to hurdle before they reached the world’s stage. Gender discrimination, racism, ostracism, and a horrific accident all played against the financial squeeze of the Great Depression. A completely compelling read!
This is a truly special book—well-written, gripping, a little bit fairy tale, a lot of historical fiction. Three children find a harmonica which is sort of good luck charm that sees them through their predicaments and eventually strings these separate stories together likes notes on sheet music. Fantastic!
Sourdough success!! After following Cynthia Lair’s techniques and recipes I finally produced a soft and tasty sourdough bread! The book has a section on creating your starter if you don’t have one, and it has numerous sourdough recipes from flapjacks to the rustic sourdough boule I made, as well as yummy companion recipes. I’m so glad I got this book and can finally make great sourdough breads!
What do you do when your longtime boyfriend suddenly breaks up with you and gets engaged to another man? For Arthur Less, the solution to take his mind off the impending wedding of his lost love is a world tour. While this book crackles with sharp humor, it is also painfully poignant. In the end it seared a spot in my heart!
Good! Good!! Good!!! This is a smart, tangled, and timely thriller! When a man goes missing on a vacation in Vietnam, his girlfriend is left to unravel his lies that unknowingly put her in serious danger. What do his lies really mean? How terrible could his secrets be? The answer, she’ll discover, is worse than she could possibly imagine! A fast read with a jaw-dropping, heart-pounding ending!
loved this story that made me feel like I just stepped off the train right into the heart of the Pink City of Jaipur, India. I got absorbed in this foreign country set in against a vibrant background of rich colors, foods, traditions, superstitions, the caste system, and of course beautiful henna patterns! I was also excited about the recipes and extra information about India at the end. It’s like a total India immersion kit—makes it all the more satisfying and unforgettable!
A moving, well-written, important story that brings terrifying and heroic aspects of history to life. This is an absorbing read that alternates between 2 storylines: a Jewish boy who watches his world crumble when Hitler annexes Austria and a true-life Dutch heroine, Geertruida Wijsmuller, who puts her own life at risk over and over to transport children to the safety of London in the months leading to WWII. Very good book!
A monster book that is not so much creepy, but oh so funny! I LOVED this book! Although it’s marketed toward kids ages 8-12, ANYONE with a silly sense of humor will thoroughly enjoy it. Keep this book in mind for a Christmas or birthday present, or just to make someone smile!
An outstanding historical fiction for anyone interested in the Impressionists, especially the complicated relationship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas as well as the illicit love of Edouard Manet and his sister-in-law, Berthe Morisot. Excellent book!
Kerry Winfrey had me at "Tom Hanks" and kept me going with her Nora Ephron rom-com-style story with over a dozen movie references. A fun, light-hearted escape!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about women who made significant contributions to the world! The easily digestible, bite-size bios provide just enough information to discover what the selected ladies were famous (or infamous) for. It explores 100 women who were not necessarily bad, but definitely bad-ass. This is a book I will be passing on to my granddaughters so that they will know that they too have the power to do anything!
My granddaughters (2 & 5) love this book with photos of real squirrels in little human-like settings: cooking in the kitchen, doing laundry, grilling, etc. It jump-starts their imaginations, especially after having watched squirrels (whom they named) running up and down the pergola and around the patio all winter. So fun!
What a pleasant surprise to discover that Tom Hanks isn’t just a great actor, he’s a good writer, too! His prose is sharp, intelligent, polished and his stories run the gamut from funny to thought-provoking—with one head-scratcher thrown in the mix. I can almost hear Tom’s voice in each story, many of them seeming to correlate to his movies or life as an actor. Write, Tom, Write!
Who knew a book about a library fire could be so interesting? I do now. Susan Orlean’s account of the Central Los Angeles Library fire of 1986 which destroyed or damaged more than a million books, continuously meanders from the investigation and arson suspect to other book paths then back to the investigation. Her descriptive and captivating writing kept me turning page after page. In the end this, book is sure to ignite an appreciation of all libraries whether you’re a regular patron or not.
Professor Don Tillman is a brilliant, analytical, tightly wound man who, unfortunately, is socially inept and believes the best way to find a life partner is by creating a scientific survey to weed out all but the perfect candidates. A wrench is thrown into the mission when he forms a friendship with the totally unsuitable Rosie and it leads to pure laugh-out-loud fun. This book is one of those rare finds where I fell in love with it from page one, and so did my book club!