Friday, September 24, 2021

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Alice, a famous novelist living in a house on the coast of Ireland, meets Felix who works at a local warehouse. Alice's best friend Eileen, whom she met in college, lives in Dublin. Eileen loves Simon--and he her--but both she and Simon are afraid to commit to each other, feeling it might ruin their lifelong friendship. In Beautiful World, Where Are You bestselling novelist Rooney lets us into the lives and emotions of these four characters as they navigate everyday life.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Left-Handed Twin by Thomas Perry

Sara Doughton comes to Jane Whitefield so Jane can help her disappear. Sara is on the run because she testified in court that her boyfriend, Albert McKeith, murdered someone. Sara thought she would be safe with Albert away in prison--but Albert is found not guilty and wants to punish Sara for her betrayal. For years, Jane has helped people disappear and worked to find new identities and lives for them. So when Albert is put in touch with a Russian named Porchen to help find Sara, Porchen realizes that the focus of his search should be on Jane, not Sara, since Jane has priceless information about the people that she's helped hide over the years. The Left-Handed Twin is the cat and mouse game of Jane versus the Russians, told in Perry's usual breakneck style. A welcome return to the Jane Whitefield series. It will be published in November.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood

The town of Gallion on Lake Superior means everything to Laurel. It's where she was raised and also where she's bringing up her ten-year-old daughter, Skye, as a single mom. However, well paying jobs and decent affordable housing are hard to find. Piecing together whatever employment she can find, Laurel worries about providing a good home for Skye. When the home they've been living in is converted into vacation rentals, their housing situation becomes even more unstable. Tin Camp Road is a story of motherhood, poverty, and the bonds of family. With a great sense of place and unforgettable characters, it's a gem.

Friday, September 3, 2021

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

Mickie Lambert works for a company that makes digital scrapbooks for customers. Mickie is assigned to compile one for Nadia Denham, who has Alzheimer's and owns an antique shop called Beautiful Things. Nadia shows Mickie the items she would like as part of her scrapbook, with accompanying stories, but soon after Nadia is found dead, an apparent suicide. Despite Nadia's death, Mickie feels compelled to finish the job, yet finds herself entangled with Nadia's family and the other business owners in the complex where Beautiful Things is housed. These complications, along with those in Mickie's own life, put her in harm's way. Whom can Mickie really trust?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

Aki Ito is excited to join her older sister, Rose, in Chicago after being interred in Manzanar by the U.S. government because she has Japanese ancestry. However, when Aki and her parents arrive in Chicago in 1944 they discover that Rose has committed suicide. Aki does not believe that Rose would kill herself and vows to discover what happened to her. Aki also tries to move on with her life, working at the Newberry Library and thinking about fulfilling her dream of becoming a nurse. The mystery Clark and Division immerses the reader in Japanese-American culture in addition to providing a great sense of place for 1940's Chicago.

Monday, August 16, 2021

A Place Like Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

A Place Like Home is a collection of short stories written by beloved author Rosamunde Pilcher that have never been published in book form. In these stories, the reader is transported to Pilcher's cherished Cornwall and immersed in the lives and loves of women of various ages as they seek fulfullment in their personal lives. For readers who like gentle cozy reads.

Friday, August 6, 2021

A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe

In 1954, Katharina Edgeworth lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband, Tom (a surgeon), and her two young sons. Before marrying, college-educated Katharina worked at the United Nations as a translator and enjoyed being single amid the rousing nightlife of New York City. When FBI agent Lee Goldwell approaches her and asks her to feed them information about her old college boyfriend, Jacob Gornev, whom they believe is part of the KGB, she readily agrees, because she is looking for any escape from her home life. However, she has to hide what she is doing from Tom, who believes she should be spending all of her time with the children. This puts a strain on their marriage and causes Katharina to think again about what kind of life she wants for herself. A Woman of Intelligence is a great read-alike for those who've enjoyed the books of Beatriz Williams.