The Lotus and the Storm

The Lotus and the Storm

21 August, 2014 Fiction 0 ★★★★★

1963: South Vietnam–a family tries to maintain a sense of normalcy despite their world ending.  2006: America–that same family lives in Virginia but they are changed.  The Lotus and the Storm carries the reader through 40 years of war and grief and shows us a side to the Vietnam War… Read more »

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

19 August, 2014 Thriller 2 ★★★★

Are you looking for the next thriller to add to your list?  If you’ve already tackled The Good Girl, then you need to add Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little to it STAT!  From the opening lines–a CNN news alert–Little has crafted a treat.  Dear Daughter is the story of “It… Read more »

Island Girls

Island Girls

18 August, 2014 Women's Fiction 0 ★★★★

Island Girls is the first novel I have read by Nancy Thayer. I have seen her books at the library or online and have been intrigued, but never picked one up. As soon I as started reading and realized it took place in Nantucket, I was hooked. The story centers… Read more »

Friendswood

Friendswood

15 August, 2014 Fiction 1 ★★★★½

Friendswood by Rene Steinke probes a small Texas town coming to terms simultaneously with the legacy of toxic waste and an incident of sexual abuse.  Steinke clearly understands the dynamics of Small Town USA.  Friendswood is divided between those who want to continue to ignore the facts of their current… Read more »

Magic Books For Adults

Magic Books For Adults

14 August, 2014 Fiction 3

Now before you think that I’ll be telling you about books helping you cast a spell, I’ve noticed that there have been a few books posted recently all about magic.  So if you’ve read Harry Potter and just finished The Book of Souls trilogy, here are four more that you… Read more »

Books for Your Middle Schooler

Books for Your Middle Schooler

13 August, 2014 Middle Grader 7

Those of you familiar with this site know I have two children–two daughters E (11) and B (3).  And just as my mother was committed to fostering a love of reading in me, I’ve committed to do the same for my Little Misses.  While its easier to find books for… Read more »

Swan Point

Swan Point

12 August, 2014 Women's Fiction 0 ★★★

Swan Point is the newest novel in the Sweet Magnolias series by Sherryl Woods. I have read a few of her books, but this is my first taste of the Sweet Magnolias series. The story centers about Adelia who is newly divorced and the mother of four children. She left… Read more »

The Home Place

The Home Place

12 August, 2014 Fiction 3 ★★★★½

  Carrie La Seur’s finely crafted debut novel The Home Place is an atmospheric novel rich with the taste of regret and longing and woven with the New American West.  La Seur chronicles the relationship Alma has with her hometown of Billings, Montana and the family she has left behind. … Read more »

Tigerman

Tigerman

11 August, 2014 Fiction 2 ★★★★½

What does it take to be a superhero?  Does it take a special powers?  A fancy costume?  Tigerman, the latest novel by Nick Harkaway, examines this question in a delightfully inventive book that’s a cross between a Marvel Comic book, James Bond and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.  Tigerman is the… Read more »