Anne Griffin somehow manages to give perfect voice to an 84-year-old Irish codger, still grieving the death of his wife two years ago and taking a good, hard look at his life before he moves out of his home and into the next phase of his life. In each section, Maurice toasts five influential people… Read More When All Is Said by Anne Griffin
I am thinking how I am going to spend the next year ignoring the fact that there will be any year beyond it – I will get wildly drunk whenever possible, dally with pretty girls who have foreign accents, and wake up beside Percy, savoring the pleasant kick of my heartbeat whenever I’m near him.… Read More The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Maureen Coghlin series #2 Maureen Coughlin is an outsider on the New Orleans Police Department but she is determined to make a place for herself on the force. When an investigation raises some red flags about her fellow officers, Maureen looks the other way — but she’s not happy about it. Is being a team… Read More Doing the Devil’s Work by Bill Loehfelm
This novel is pure enjoyment. It doesn’t try to explore deep issues, it focuses on depicting the lives of a few 14-year-olds coming of age in the 1980s. The inclusion of cultural detail is sometimes clunky but not heavy-handed. The boys do pretty stupid things but, hey, they’re 14! Treatment of female characters is refreshingly… Read More The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
A humorous approach to a family’s extreme grief and inability to cope when the mother drowns while sleepwalking. Quirky and touching.
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
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