Coming Soon–Summer.

Do you know about Goodreads.com? Its a great way to create an electronic list of your favorite books, write reviews, and swap messages with fellow bibliophiles? They also have great lists like these below: Hottest new books for the summer season, https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2054 Author recommendations is a list of beach reads recommended by published authors, https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2074Continue reading Coming Soon–Summer.

Book Review: The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay.

The Secret of Lost Things is a captivating literary who-done-it. After her mother dies, an eighteen-year-old from Tasmania makes a transformative journey to New York. Rosemary takes a job at the Arcade, a bookstore that sells everything from paperbacks to valuable rare books. At the Arcade she begins her unique education. The Arcade's employees are each eccentric … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay.

Book Review: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

When Robert Preston's Hot Zone was published in 1994, it was an immediate best-seller. Written in the style of a thriller, Preston describes what happens when an unknown virus breaks out at a monkey house in Reston, Virginia. While it reads like fiction, the events actually happened. Nearly five hundred monkeys at a Reston research … Continue reading Book Review: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Book Review: American Innovations by Rivka Galchen

Readers who like stories about odd characters who find themselves in strange situations, will love this new collection by Rivka Galchen.  As strange as the characters are, though, it's easy to relate to them.Who hasn't felt what this character in "The Lost Order" feels so keenly? "But one day I woke up and heard myself … Continue reading Book Review: American Innovations by Rivka Galchen

Book Review: Sabotage by Neal Bascomb.

In a book that reads like a thriller, Neal Bascomb explains how Norwegian commandos effectively prevented Nazi Germany from getting their hands on an atomic bomb. A small group of Norwegians, trained in Britian, returned to their homeland to sabotage Vemork, the plant that was supplying Germany with heavy water. Germans needed heavy water, or Deuterium, … Continue reading Book Review: Sabotage by Neal Bascomb.

Book Review: Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong.

Through The Narrow Gate is an intriguing memoir by a woman who spent seven years in a convent and who later became a pre-eminent writer and speaker on religous topics. Determined to find God, Armstrong leaves a comfortable life in Birmingham, England for an austere convent at 17.  She struggles with homesickness, the weekly baths, the sewing, the "rule of silence" and … Continue reading Book Review: Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong.

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Imagine a ruined house, an inheritance, a mysterious set of feral twins, a topiary garden, a murder, a ghost--these are just some of the Gothic elements that permeate The Thirteenth Tale. Vida Winter, a successful novelist, contacts the bookish narrator, Margaret Lea, because she has one more tale to tell--the titular 13th tale. For years she has created falsehoods … Continue reading Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.