Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham, Henry Holt, August 2017 Happiness is a memoir, a genre which hasn’t been a favorite for me recently, having read too many by people who I could not care less about. So I am a memoir grouch at the moment.… Continue reading Emotional memoir
Refugee, Alan Gratz, Scholastic, July 2017 Refugee is a book that I have grown to appreciate more each week since I finished reading. The book is written for the middle grades, but also good for us in the senior set. The book contains the story of three young refugees, beginning with Josef who is a… Continue reading End of July Round-Up
Cocoa Beach, Beatriz Williams, William Marrow, out now The cover of Cocoa Beach looks like a romance cover, and the first few chapters may lull you into a false sense of security, but that is misleading. The book is actually a complex and convoluted mystery. The story is set in prohibition-era Florida. After the failure… Continue reading Mystery in Paradise
Prisoner of War, Michael P. Sprawling, Scholastic, June 27 2017 A fine YA for around Grade 7 and up. It is the story of a young man, who lies about his age to get into the Marines during WWII and is sent to the Philippines. The young solider becomes part of the Bataan Death March… Continue reading Action-packed middle grade reads
The Little French Bistro, Nina George, Penguin Random, June 13 2017 George had a huge hit with The Little Paris Bookshop and she is back with another good read for this summer with The Little French Bistro. This time the setting is the coast of Brittany, where our heroine, Marianne, finds herself when she escapes… Continue reading Two great new sequels
The Alice Network, Kate Quinn, William Morton, out June 2017. A Paperback Original Do I like this book? Do I need air to breathe?! I really enjoyed this fine historical fiction, which I think will appeal to anyone who loved The Nightingale. The time-period covered in the novel, is World War I and the years… Continue reading For fans of The Nightingale–out today!
The Stars Are Fire, Anita Shreve, Knopf, out now Another great read from a reliable writer. In 1947, Grace lives on the Maine coast with her husband and two young children. She is trapped in her life, pregnant with her third and unhappy in her marriage. After a long dry summer, the Maine coast is… Continue reading Fire fighting