Book: The Mother-in-Law

Discovering a new author is like finding gold. I feel as if I hit pay dirt with “The Mother-in-Law,” by Australian writer Sally Hepworth — I loved this book, and am excited that she has ...

Book: The Parking Lot Attendant

“The Parking Lot Attendant,” by Nafkote Tamirat, Henry Holt & Company, 2018. Nafkote Tamirat’s novel, “The Parking Lot Attendant,” begins far from any parking spot: on ...

Book: This Heavy Silence

In Nicole Mazzarella’s dark novel “This Heavy Silence,” Dottie Connell has no objection when her childhood friend, Zella, drops off her young daughter, Mattie, to stay the night. ...

Book: The Land of Decoration

In Grace McCleen’s “The Land of Decoration,” Judith McPherson is both a bit different from her grade school classmates and exactly the same as any 10-year-old. She’s different ...

Book: Light a Penny Candle

As we mark 75 years since D-Day, the turning point for the Allies in World War II, it’s interesting to read about a lesser known aspect of the war — the evacuation of children from ...

Book: Homeward Hound

Prolific author Rita Mae Brown writes about fox hunting, one of her passions, in “Homeward Hound.” But she makes it a very current novel by centering the mystery around the possibility ...

Book: Elsey Come Home

In Susan Conley’s novel “Elsey Come Home,” Elsey is a painter struggling to balance her art with the art of motherhood. Before her girls were born, she never expected to be so ...

Book: Southern Exposure

As “A Southern Exposure” opens, the Baird family is driving from their longtime home in Connecticut to a small Southern town, their new home. Living in Pinehill will be cheaper — ...

Book: Into the Forest

As “Into the Forest Opens,” almost-twin sisters Nell and Eva — the latter is one year older, to the day — are living alone in their family home 30 miles from Redwood, the ...

Book: Left at East Gate

In late December 1980, American airmen at Royal Air Force Base Woodbridge, northeast of London, saw mysterious lights in nearby Rendlesham Forest. They investigated, as did local British authorities. The ...

Book: Devil's Food Cake Murder

Joanne Fluke keeps readers guessing — and drooling — with “Devil’s Food Cake Murder,” another in her series of novels about Hannah Swensen and her small hometown of ...

Book: The Color of Life

Oregon author Cara Meredith presents a really thought-provoking memoir in “The Color of Life,” the story of meeting her future husband and living and learning as part of a mixed-race ...

Book: Jeeves and the King of Clubs

Author Ben Schott follows in the footsteps of P.G. Wodehouse with the clever and funny “Jeeves and the King of Clubs.” It’s a very successful continuation of Wodehouse’s ...

Book: Cold Betrayal

J.A. Jance is a great writer whose books always go a little deeper than most suspense novels, in addition to being entertaining. She has written several series, including my favorite, a collection ...

Book: Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

“Spill Simmer Falter Wither” is the story of a man and a dog, but it’s far deeper than those words may suggest. Author Sara Baume creates two very memorable, deeply sympathetic ...

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