Marlene's Picks

An arranged marriage that begins in an unconventional way (the groom is absent) and continues to upend tradition and expectations. Although it takes place in Ghana, it's truths are universal and and a really enjoyable, well-written debut novel.


For the True Crime reader that is looking for more than the retelling of a crime. Each story is authored by a different writer and the different perspectives and styles made it interesting to read.


Interesting LA story on it's own, however, Susan Orleans also beautifully illustrates the importance books and libraries have on all cultures and societies.


Lots of tips and ideas for the plant lover from fellow plant lovers.


One of the best books I've read recently. Easily consumable and extremely well- written book that explores racism and the bonds between sisters.


I enjoyed this book, even though I felt it didn't deliver all that it promised. I liked the format and the writing, however the conclusion of the mystery was less than satisfying.


An incredible story about the bond and resilience of a father and son. Their will to stay alive in the concentration camps and the cruelty and suffering they had to endure, is a story that will keep Gustav and Fritz in my heart for ever.


A store favorite that I enjoyed immensely.


Experiences told with human insight, permeated with grace and elevated with a shared desire to journey towards forgiveness. Healing and empowering.


This was a fun, twisty, keep turning the pages thriller about a bookseller that once wrote a list of eight perfect literary murders. The FBI comes knocking when people start turning up dead. Smart and addictive!


A young woman in India is mistaken for a terrorist and must rely on a former teacher and friend to reveal the truth and gain her freedom from prison. Powerful forces are in place, however, that influence the moral and ethical choices made by her would-be liberators. A powerful commentary on justice and class.


Some just out-wit, out-smart, out talk others, out perform, and some "sit quiet and refuse to be agreeable". Many just don't give into self-doubt and second-guessing and proceed through life with verve and conviction. I would have loved to met them all! Each little vignette is filled with wit and insight and such fun to read.


Danielle Ofri MD tackles a subject that is usually only talked about in the realm of litigation. When We Do Harm explores the view from the patient and family and does so with grace, compassion and knowledge of the excellence in our healthcare system and it's very human limitations. Finishing this book, I feel I have increased my capacity to understand the professional view of medical care enabling me to become a more informed patient and better advocate for the care of loved ones.


Reminiscent of her first book, Black River, Hulse's followed up book, Eden Mine is again, another richly told story that has a reflective cadence, a very compelling story line, and characters that will reside inside your soul. An excellent read.


Excellent account of the meteoric rise of golden girl, Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos and the crash and burn that happened when the revolutionary medical device she promoted, turned out to be too good to be true. Investors have lost millions and her trial is scheduled this summer of 2020.


This solemn, yet beautifully written book will open your eyes, scar your heart and fill your soul with compassion for the three orphans trying to survive the relentless bombing of Laos during the late 60's and the traumatic years that followed. A description of intense might be an understatement.


I can't imagine crossing Antarctica alone and unassisted, yet this book puts you right the silence, in the bitter cold, and immersed in the bravery and ability to attempt such a feat. Impressive and inspiring. "What is your Everest?"


An incredible story of courage, resilience, determination and a bit of luck. A heroic life that is told well and fascinating to read.


This story will fill your heart, raise your spirits, and make you laugh. Who knew that a memoir about the frustrating, yet lovable hi-jinks of Sherman and his friends could become a favorite book for me. It could be for you too!


Some stories affect you on a molecular level and their impact on you changes your chemistry and leaves you looking at the world in a different and more compassionate way. American Dirt hits hard and fast and it's emotional heft is considerable. Loved it!


A well-researched and analytical look at the origins and practices of psychiatry. "On Being Sane in Insane Places" challenges the ethical treatment of patients under care in our health care system and asks many questions that are still pertinent today.


A deeply satisfying historical novel that articulates the need for love, a sense of belonging, and learning to survive life when political upheaval overtakes your country.


How do we assess a stranger's character, honesty, and intent? Well, we get it wrong many times and Malcolm Gladwell fascinating research delves into why.


A very entertaining story that is easily digested and fun to read. Why did four different women confess to killing a man and who was the man that was murdered? A good choice when you are looking for that book for the plane ride or weekend away.


An unexpected friendship has the power to transform the lives of Leah and Jasper, even when the trouble in each of their lives seems insurmountable. A well told story written with honesty and heart.

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