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!
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!
Big thumbs-up for These Is My Words. Sarah is a spirited and determined woman in the unfamiliar frontier and despite tragedies, there is hope and humor.
Another breathtaking book by the author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Based on true events, Cilka Klein survives 3 years in the notorious Auschwitz Concentration Camp during WWII and then, incredibly, goes from one nightmare to the next when the Russians accuse her of collaborating with the Germans and sentence her to 15 years of hard labor in a Siberian Gulag. Unimaginable! Unforgettable!
What a story! Based on true events, a young man in Italy leads Jews through the Alps to Switzerland during WWII. He later becomes a spy while working as a driver for a high-ranking German official. This book reads like an action-adventure. It’s a staggering portrayal of fortitude and heroism –with a nail-biting ending! Excellent.
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!
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!