As the author describes it, this is a playful reimagining of how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol that incorporates historical facts but sometimes changes or embellishes them to fit the story. Silva captures the tone of Dickens’ era and quite probably what his life was like at times – he was well-known and popular… Read More Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
A humorous approach to a family’s extreme grief and inability to cope when the mother drowns while sleepwalking. Quirky and touching.
Trevor Noah was raised an outsider in South Africa during the time apartheid ended. He was a mixed race kid raised in a black family so he did not feel at home with any one faction. His mother raised him with discipline, religion, and a desire for learning. But Trevor still nearly took a disastrous… Read More Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
It’s difficult to criticize a book about books, the people who love them, and the amazing difference they can make in a person’s life. This story about Nina, a librarian who strikes out on her own to run a mobile bookshop and is able to find just the right book for each person, is a… Read More The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
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
Charlie Goldwyn likes to have a plan. His wife, Mira, being killed in a plane crash certainly wasn’t part of the future he envisioned. Charlie’s method of coping is to throw himself even more into his work as a corporate lawyer at a big firm, spending increasingly less time with his son, Caleb. When one… Read More This Was Not the Plan by Cristina Alger