This book beautifully depicts what life might be like as viewed by a 10-year-old girl with an unusual disability. Antoinette exhibits signs of autism but her “dis”ability is different – she also has an amazing power to heal. Antoinette can hear a sort of song in her surroundings – in other people and in nature.… Read More The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper
Edited by Elizabeth Benedict I guess it’s comforting to know that most women, no matter how successful, are a little crazy about their hair, but the essays in this collection become a little tiring after awhile as themes start to repeat – women who learn to accept a natural look; women who defiantly color and… Read More Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession
1st in Dublin Murder Squad series I have owned this book for several years but never got around to reading it. Tana French occasionally comes across my radar in reviews of other authors’ works so I finally committed to reading this one. I listed to most of it on audio and the narrator is… Read More In the Woods by Tara French
Another feel-good story along the lines of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and A Man Called Ove. Arthur Pepper’s wife, Miriam, died a year ago. As Arthur faces turning 70 without her, he finally gets the nerve to go through her clothes and finds a charm bracelet. One charm leads to India, a place he never… Read More The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Precocious 9-year-old Frank Banning steals the show from Alice, the story’s narrator and Frank’s temporary caregiver, in this debut novel. Alice has been sent to Hollywood to watch Frank while his mother, a reclusive writer, attempts to produce a book that will save them from financial ruin. Mimi is prickly toward Alice but also welcomes… Read More Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
An enormous house in Cornwall is filled with love and laughter during lazy seasons of the 1960s when Hugo Alton and his nontraditional American wife vacation with their brood: teenaged twins Amber and Toby, lively 5-year-old Barney, and the youngest, sweet and chubby Kitty. Over thirty years later, Lorna and Jon discover the nearly hidden… Read More Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
Contemporary holiday story about an empty-nester couple celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas without their children for the first time. Stan doesn’t much care until Judith exhibits signs of serious depression – won’t decorate the house, doesn’t play Christmas carols on the radio, etc. The story comes to an unsurprising and slightly unrealistic conclusion but does a… Read More Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
In this sequel to A Christmas Carol, Scrooge keeps Christmas all year round. In fact, he keeps it so well that he becomes an annoyance to all, even his nephew. To alter the minds and behaviors of Fred and others, he enlists the help of Jacob Marley and his old pals, the 3 ghosts of… Read More The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett
Following the assisted suicide of the man she loved, Louisa Clark tries to figure out how to move on in her life, with the help of family and new friends, including a young woman who may be the daughter Will never knew he had.
Shadow, released from prison, faces the death of his wife, the frequent appearance of her ghost, and a mysterious man named Wednesday who becomes his employer but turns out to be one of many ancient gods still roaming America, where they are largely no longer wanted.