A sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, although this book can be read as a stand-alone. The character of Lucille returns in this heartwarming story about friendship and community. She reminded me of my own beloved grandmother, who often eased my mind and made this world a better, safer place by baking delectable treats and always being there for her neighbors. You will feel hopeful after reading this. Simple acts of kindness really CAN change the world.
Like Reacher himself, Child is clear and to-the-point, giving us a new view on our old favorite, Jack Reacher. Past and present converge in a twisting take on a classic Edgar Allan Poe tale , a deadly game, and a family mystery. Never a disappointment!
Chronologically the first in the James Bond series, Forever and a Day is fun, fast-paced, exciting, and romantic. Set in the sun-soaked French Riviera in the years following the Korean War, the story begins with James Bond being promoted to MI6’s Double-O division after the murder of another agent. Officially given a license to kill, 007’s first mission is to connect the dots between the murdered agent and a brutal Corsican drug syndicate. In addition to pitch-perfect banter and a truly evil villain, Horowitz gives Bond fans everything they could possibly want: car chases and fight scenes, martinis and gambling, gunplay and foreplay. Ian Fleming would be proud.
Grabbed from the very first chapter, I couldn’t put this down! Expertly crafted and told from varying viewpoints, Boyne creates a piece of fiction that could easily be mistaken for a biography, with insight into the publishing world that makes you wonder how much is based on true events. After all, stories can be found anywhere...
Broad City fans, or fans of Abbi Jacobson herself: you need to read this book. I chose to listen to I Might Regret This on audiobook through Libro.fm during my commutes, and it was such a lovely companion while Abbi talked about her cross-country road trip.
You will discover how talented Abbi is as a writer, and, if you didn't know already, how funny she is. Abbi lets us into her creative mind where she ponders lack of connection in society, falling in love for the first time, and getting to the core of why she is a workaholic. This book includes drawings, lists, and essays that you will find relatable, from sleep studies to worst-case scenario musings and over-analyzations about the present or future. A proponent for vulnerability, Abbi Jacobson is just like us.
An absolutely masterful writer of short stories, Lucia Berlin has recently found widespread posthumous acclaim. The stories contained in this most recent volume of her work are observant, funny, touching, and full of life. Berlin's fiction borrows heavily from her own experiences, which brings a relatable truth to the lives of her protagonists, and her stunning prose is particularly effective at capturing feelings of alienation and loneliness. Her work is not to be missed.
A young man shares the stories and lessons of his life from ages 8 to 43 in this timely piece written as a letter to the his mother. Heartbreakingly honest, this is the story of abuse and its aftermath. The story of what it means to grow up poor and black in Jackson, Mississippi. The story of coping with trauma through overeating. Coping with trauma through bulimia. Coping with trauma through reading, writing, and revising. The triumph of coming through to the other side. This is hands down the most beautifully written book I have read in the last 5 years. (And I read a lot of books).
OH. MY. GOD! This insane debut blew me away. One of the best thrillers I’ve ever read, it is gripping, intense, and impossible to put down. Highly recommended for fans of The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl.
We've all played the game: If you could pick five people to have dinner with, living or dead, who would you choose? Serle masterfully turns this premise into a captivating book. Sabrina's journey includes her best friend, her estranged father, a beloved professor, her boyfriend, and Audrey Hepburn! Packing an emotional punch regarding family, friendship, love, and loss, I cried as this book drew to its brilliant close. Truthfully, I wish it had never ended.
Ryder Carroll’s genius method changed my life when I discovered it four years ago. I’m so incredibly excited that he’s written a book about it.
Whether you are a new to bullet journaling or have been doing it for years, Ryder’s book is a fantastic way to re-evaluate how and why you bullet journal. Half of the book is the details – what bullet journaling is, how to practice it and use it to become more productive, and how to make it work for you. The other half offers lessons in mindfulness and how to use your bullet journal to document your life in a way that is helpful to move you forward.
I love how flexible the Bullet Journal Method is and I loved how much this book helped me re-evaluate how I bullet journal, discovering new techniques. I look forward to revisiting it again when I feel it’s time to change this up. Happy Bullet Journaling!
The big flavors of Mississippi Vegan are perfect for fall! This is a new taste palette for me, and the book is full of clear directions, helpful tips and, of course, lots of vegetables. Yum!
Both a relevant meditation on how we choose to view challenging ideas, from Darwinism to climate change, and an engrossing tale of the people who find themselves living in a disintegrating planned Utopia. We are somehow left with a story of joy, and even hope.
The magic from VH1's Emmy-nominated collaboration with Martha Stewart transfers to the page with Snoop's latest endeavor. He includes recipes from his world wide travels, but then keeps it G with his "certified hood classics". Crank up the tunes from his playlist and mix up a batch of his infamous gin and juice. This guy is gettin' the burn on in his kitchen! Sorry, no recipes with cannabis, but the book does cover the munchies, ya dig?
This visually engaging foray into economics translates complex concepts and facts into accessible infographics. The authors, a journalist and a graphic designer, create an economic "The Way Things Work," allowing the reader to "see" the global economy and how we are all connected by it.
Early chapters build perspective with increasingly larger economic units, from individuals and companies to the national and global economies. Later chapters offer timely insights into sustainability, how to profit without being greedy, the health of the individual, and what the future of technology may hold. The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It truly is a fun and educational exploration into the systems that link us all and what we ought to consider moving forward.
As a fan of the The X-Files TV series, I couldn't resist reading this book. It took me back to episodes that I still think of to this day and to some of the scariest TV I have ever watched!
In addition, a fascinating introduction gives insight to how and why this series was created and what other shows helped pave the way for its creation and success. A great read, not only for fans, but for anyone interested in the making of a TV show.
Spoiler alert: There is a poem in this book about Kanye West called “Kanye West is not Picasso”! This collection of poems, lyrics, and miscellaneous items (even a text message) is quintessential Leonard Cohen. He poignantly express his dissatisfaction with modern culture and reflects on the past, which he still carries close to his heart.
This has to be one of the best books I have read all year! A fantastic mixture of gothic horror and thriller makes this prequel an absolute page turner. I think one of my favorite things about this novel is how these two authors managed to conjure up a story with such detail I felt like I was right alongside the characters. Dracul is another one added to my must reads list for this year.
This bio shares every aspect of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s feminist Identity, from her work with the ACLU in the turbulent 60’s, to a view of our current administration. Justice Ginsburg has made her mark on our society and takes a place in history as an unparalleled defender of equality! This book will inspire you from beginning to end. It brilliantly documents her journey and will make you want to read it again.
Treasure this book of greatest hits from superstars like Dorie Greenspan, Maida Heatter, and Yotam Ottolenghi. The Genius Tips are like having a professional at your side, and the recipe notes are both mouthwatering and hilarious. Read, laugh, bake!
Cancel your restaurant reservations! With few ingredients, and spices that add depth and flavor, these are your new go-to recipes. In 30 minutes or less you can have an amazing dinner or brunch. Heels and lipstick optional.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Whether you do or you don’t, this book will warm your heart with possibility. Set in London at Christmastime, it is a light and enjoyable read about time-tested friendships and relationships and the endurance of love. A lovely gift for the holidays!
Shocking and troubling, this book screams "difficult to read.” But as Eichenwald tells the story of living with epilepsy, you are buoyed by his resilience and refusal to let it control him. Eichenwald grew up in the 1980s, when a diagnosis of epilepsy was looked upon with contempt and ridicule.
Even his own father, who was a doctor, lived in denial that his son was actually an epileptic, thus preventing him from getting the treatment he needed. After meeting a doctor who would essentially save his life through proper treatment and medication, Eichenwald went on to become a champion for others that live with epilepsy. One of the most inspirational books I have ever read.
An emotional and haunting must-read that is both heartbreaking and life-affirming. Kya is abandoned by her family at a young age and grows up alone in the North Carolina marshland. The book is a poetic ode to the natural world, a love story, a murder mystery, and a coming-of-age story all in one. This is the type of book you’ll want to share with others, but will be reluctant to give away.
The three year wait for the fourth installment of the investigations of Cormoran Strike seemed interminable at times, but was SO worth it. (If you haven't yet dug into this great series, stop reading right now and have the nearest bookseller find you a copy of The Cuckoo's Calling!) Like the earlier books in the series, Lethal White masterfully combines intriguing characters, intricate plot lines, and a vibrant setting in London to form a gripping mystery novel that you won't be able to put down.
Another spellbinding story by Kate Morton! Beechwood Manor was a beautiful estate, loved by the family that spent their summers there. Then, something happened, and the beautiful estate was left empty and abandoned. Discover the twists and turns and (definitely) unforeseen events as the mystery unfolds. Did I mention it has love story too? Loved it!
What is it that creates the skills of leadership? How do our life experiences influence our ability to handle and effect opportunities and challenges that come before us? Reviewing the lives of Lincoln, the two Roosevelts, and LBJ, Goodwin sets the stage for a discussion of how each rose to the challenges before them and led our country through some of our most important events. Very engaging, timely, and thought-provoking.
A must-read novel for all historical fiction fans! Cathy Williams is a newly freed slave with lineage dating back to African royalty. She knows there are no favorable options for her future in the post-Civil War south. Posing as a man, she decides to join the legendary all-black cavalry known as the Buffalo Soldiers. This epic tale begins in the war torn south and follows the army’s journey to the newly settled western frontier. Loosely based on true facts, you will be riveted by this intriguing piece of history.
I always say that Dorie’s recipes can make anyone look brilliant in the kitchen! Everyday Dorie has accessible, delicious recipes that will become favorites and look pretty to serve to yourself or your most precious guests. Dorie's new book is the perfect gift for anyone, and be sure to get one for yourself too!
Enger, who grabbed our hearts with PEACE LIKE A RIVER, is back with this captivating tale of a small, cold town filled with large, warm characters. Full of whimsy and magic, yet held in place by a seamless narrative, Virgil Wander is the perfect read for escaping a busy, turbulent world. Settle into a cozy chair and prepare to be enchanted!
A fascinating work of conceptual fiction, Crudo deftly combines an intriguing mélange of influences. The novel is a timely look at the everyday anxieties of today's world, taking inspiration from the author's own life and infusing it with quotes from the writings of '70s cultural icon Kathy Acker and excerpts from contemporary media sources (including Twitter). The result is a seamlessly integrated narrative that makes for a smart and exhilarating read.
If Franz Kafka and M. Night Shyamalan decided to write a book together, Foe would be the result. As creepy and chilling as his excellent 2016 debut I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Foe is a true mind-bender. Reid builds suspense slowly and reveals answers even more slowly, which is sure to frustrate readers looking for one simple answer and reward readers looking to draw a few conclusions of their own. Warning: rapid page-turning may result in paper cuts.
Meet the Bogle family from Oregon, currently of the federal prison system. This fascinating and ultimately enlightening book explores the dark legacy of multi-generations of a family awash in crime. Since the family culture is permeated with the normalization of criminal activity, it’s hard to imagine how some might find the resolve to break away and live a normal life.
What is a woman's role in her family? In her own life? Three generations of women explore the challenges and heartbreaks of keeping their dysfunctional family together in this relatable, resilient, and at times racy, novel.
This is the intriguing story of Ada Baumgarten, a violin prodigy born in 1918 Berlin, and Gabriella Vincenzo of Pienza, Italy, 2017. The author of Once We Were Brothers brings Catherine and Liam to the aid of a woman about to be evicted from her home and prized vineyards. Once again, I was swept away by the suspense, the colorful characters, and the desire for justice!
This book had me yelling at the characters while I grasped at its pages waiting to see what would become of Jessie Sloan as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and discover who she really is. A magnificently written thriller with a plot that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. A must-read for the mystery/thriller fan!
Layered and spirited, this is a spy novel unlike any I'm familiar with. Juliet is a relatable young woman in the service of MI5, filled with witty thoughts and wry observations as she suffers through what begins as a truly boring wartime assignment. Atkinson raises the stakes of Juliet's circumstances to tremendous effect, poignantly displaying the repercussions that one's actions may have, both predictable and not. Another brilliant work by a groundbreaking author.
Have you ever wondered how basketball began? Go beyond today's hype to what really happened in this dynamic, insightful history. A MUST READ for anyone who loves the game!
If you liked the book The Help, here’s a memoir that is similar but has more guns, booze, and action! Tena Clark was raised in Mississippi during the Civil Rights era and was able to create her own path and future from the care and guidance of her black nanny. I love reading these types of memoirs---strong characters and sharp!
Picoult demands her readers to question their own beliefs, to ask themselves: How do I REALLY feel about this issue? Her latest examines both sides of the pro-choice dilemma. It opens with elevated drama and then works backward to cleverly illustrate each character's motivation. A brilliant narrative on a controversial topic, you may be surprised to find yourself understanding the other side.
What I admire most about this read is that it is true. While Harrison’s efforts have improved the lives of thousands with clean water, his journey to do so was day-by-day. Harrison’s story serves as a model to me of how a person’s true redemption, generosity, and humility can and does better the lives of others, and your own life. I will be buying this book as a gift for family and friends.