The Overstory

Back in March, at the beginning of the quarantine, I got this idea that I would read every book that has won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction/novel. I undertook this venture because of Keanu Reeves. I watched an interview with him last year. When he was asked what his favorite book was, he replied that…

The Heirloom Garden

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose…and flowers. Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind…

The K Team

Note: Despite the cute dogs this isn’t a kids book. In David Rosenfelt’s newest series – a spinoff of the much beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries – Andy’s wife forms an investigative team with a former detective and his German shepherd partner. Andy Carpenter’s wife, Laurie, was a cop, a good one. Now she helps out…

The Lost Family

A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if…

Book Review- Science Comics: Crows

That’s something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt’s Science Comics: Crows , the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic…

Book Review: The Glass Hotel

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star…

Book Review: Hope and Other Punchlines

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September…

March 2020- Escapism Reading List

When you are asked to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of a mysterious illness, and you are a reader, you’re going to react one of two ways: Let’s analyze real life vs. all the book plots. Let’s read about anything other than a grim future. Shockingly, I’m in camp two. I’m as surprised…

Book Review: Sparks!

Sparks is a hero and man’s best friend, but nobody suspects he’s two cats!This Super Dog is the Cat’s Meow! August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn’t afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who…

Book Review: The Oracle Code

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends) and artist Manuel Preitano unveil a graphic novel that explores the dark corridors of Barbara Gordon’s first mystery: herself. After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham’s teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using…