Book: Fear

Famed Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward — remember Watergate? — details the behind-the-scenes workings, or not-workings, of the Trump White House in his latest book, “Fear.” The ...

Book: Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn, best known for her novel “Gone Girl,” gives readers another page-turner with “Sharp Objects,” a suspense novel that focuses largely on relationships among ...

Book: Shell

In the novel "Shell," Kristina Olsson juxtaposes the controversy about the construction of Sydney, Australia's opera house with the controversial decision to send Australian troops to Vietnam -- ...

Book: The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy

Queenie Hennessy is almost 40 when she finds the love of her life — Harold Fry, a coworker at the brewery in Kingsbridge, on the southern coast of England. Unfortunately, although they enjoy ...

Book: The Last Thing She Ever Did

I must admit that the Oregon setting, not the synopsis, convinced me to check out “The Last Thing She Ever Did” by Gregg Olsen. The cover proclaims “#1 New York Times Bestselling Author” ...

Book: The Big Chili

In the first installment of the “Undercover Dish Mystery” series, Julie Buckley introduces us to Lilah Drake, who works part time in her parents’ real estate office during the day and ...

Book: My Ex-Life

In his novel “My Ex-Life,” Stephen McCauley ticks all the boxes covering present-day hot topics: renting rooms in your home, hiring a consultant to help your child get into a good college, ...

Tomb of the Unknown Racist

Ellen and her brother, Royce, grew up together in an old plantation house in South Carolina. Royce loved to catch snakes, and he idolized the African-American couple who were caretakers on the property; ...

Book: Devil May Care

Elizabeth Peters gives us a funny, suspenseful thriller in “Devil May Care,” a story set in a sprawling mansion whose eccentric owner, Kate, would like nothing more than to have some ghosts ...

Book: Pierced by the Sun

Lupita, the protagonist of Laura Esquivel’s wonderful novel “Pierced by the Sun,” is a survivor.  She has been through all sorts of trouble and heartache: Her stepfather raped her, ...

The German Girl

Blonde, blue-eyed Hannah is photographed on the street in Berlin in early 1939. The precocious 11-year-old thinks the photographer is spying for the Nazis; he’s actually taking pictures for Das Deutsche ...

Book: The Last Ballad

Wiley Cash’s highly readable novel about an impoverished cotton mill worker who becomes a labor organizer is based on the life of a real woman with the same name as the character, Ella May Wiggins. The ...

Book: At the Edge of the Orchard

The family at the center of “At the Edge of the Orchard” is named Goodenough. But their life in 1830s Ohio isn’t very good at all. The parents, James and Sadie, moved from well-established ...

Book: My Beloved World

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor offers an interesting and powerful story in “My Beloved World,” her 2013 memoir. Her book starts with her childhood in an economically poor but culturally ...

Book: Don't You Ever

When Adria Bishop delivered her firstborn to a reformatory, where he would get an eduction and learn work skills, she told him in no uncertain terms, “Don’t you ever call me Mother.” Adria ...

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