This historical fiction novel opens in 1826 at the Old Bailey, a London prison, where criminal trials and hangings were public spectacles. Frannie Langton, on trial for murdering two people, is writing her story for her lawyer to read following her execution, should it come to that. In this …

“I Know Who You Are” the second novel by New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney is a nail-biting page-turner. Upon discovering that her husband Ben is missing, rising star Aimee Sullivan’s carefully curated public persona starts to crumble.

Sophie Scholl’s life doesn’t have a happy ending. In 1942 Scholl joined the “White Rose,” a small group of Germans who resisted Hitler’s regime by publishing and distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. Disgusted by the Nazi atrocities, members of the “White Rose” risked their lives in their attempt…

“If She Wakes,” by Michael Koryta, is the story of two strong women fighting for their lives. Tara Beckly is a senior at Hammel College in Maine. Tara works part time for the college and has been assigned to pick up guest speaker/professor Dr. Armandi Oltamu from the airport and take him to …

If you like mysterious and adventurous books that you can’t totally figure out until the end, than “Eventown” is for you.

Fans of Harlan Coben will appreciate “Run Away,” his newest book of suspense and adventure. The title refers to the disappearance of Paige, a college age woman singing for pocket change in the middle of Central Park where she is spotted by Simon, her father.

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In “Birthday,” by Meredith Russo, the two main characters, Morgan and Eric have known each other from day one, since the day they were born, both sharing the same birthdate.

In “The Damascus Road,” Jay Parini presents the story of Paul of Tarsus with a wide scope as well as intense detail. This new novel depicts how the early Christian movement may have developed. Paul and his scribe and travel companion Luke alternate as narrators describing their adventures as…

“Women Talking,” by Miriam Toews is a book of philosophy, argument, wisdom and horror. Philosophy because the totally uneducated women talking in the novel debate matters of good and evil, life and death; argument because compelling reasons are given for and against making a change that will…

Author Margaret Wise Brown is best known for her classics, “The Runaway Bunny (1942) and “Goodnight Moon,” (1947), both illustrated by Clement Hurd. Now, thanks to award-winning author Mac Barnett, a stellar new book is available that honors this unique woman’s life, “The Important Thing Abo…

The Amazon is one of the planet’s remaining wild places. Tribes still isolate themselves deep in the jungle forests, cut off from the modern world. During the 2014 World Cup members of a tribe made contact. This alarmed Brazilians, for they would not make contact unless something was wrong. …

Welcome to our newest reviewer, Jennifer Johnson, who’s “excited to be contributing to the MO Books blog because it allows her indulge in two of the things she truly enjoys: reading and writing.

Jared Cohen deftly adds to the canon of U.S. Presidential history by recounting events surrounding the abrupt ascension of eight vice presidents to the Oval office due to the untimely deaths of elected Presidents.

They’re our role models, beloved and boisterous, fun loving and hardworking. This month we celebrate fathers with “Daddy-Sitting” by Eve Coy.

Set in Victorian era London, Tim Mason’s “The Darwin Affair” is a fantastic and original historical thriller. In fact, this one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years.

Newsbee hopes his trusty Buzzers and Buzzettes won’t take a break from summer reading. “Loving Our Libraries” is a mantra he honors, and he trusts young readers will live by that mantra too. Summer provides free time to swing by the library and check out Book Buzz Books and other treasures o…

Karen Kingsbury has created a world revolving around the adult lives of the Baxter family in her famed novels, but her latest book is written about the childhood of the Baxter kids. The five children are the main voice of this book.

Widely recognized journalist Susan Page has written a full and readable biography of Barbara Pierce Bush, the wife of the 41st President and the mother of the 43rd President. Page conducted five interviews with Barbara Bush during the final months of her life. The author was given access to …

When 19-year-old Naoko Nakamura falls in love with an American soldier stationed in Naoko’s hometown 12 years after World War II has ended, prejudice against Naoko and the soldier, Hajime (James) thwarts their union.

“The Royal Secret,” by Lucinda Riley, is a modern day mystery involving characters slightly resembling the current inhabitants of Buckingham Palace. The mystery centers on a letter and the death of James Harrison, an actor similar in fame to the late Laurence Olivier, the great British stage…

John Burnham Schwartz’s “The Red Daughter” is a fascinating fictional account of the life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the only daughter of of Joseph Stalin. Knowing nothing of Svetlana’s life, I quickly immersed myself in the novel. Svetlana led a fascinating life.

“Henry Himself,” by Stewart O’Nan, is the story of an everyday man doing normal daily activities. It is a simple story of daily life; there is no plot or action just sparse prose written in short simple chapters. This is the third novel O’Nan has written about the Maxwell family and it’s a p…

Lindsay Stern’s debut book is a sophisticated tale that explores communication as it fails and succeeds in human and animal relationships. The story considers the differences between language and communication by tracing the breakdown of an academic couple’s marriage.

“Learning to See” is a historical fiction account of Dorothea Lange, a photojournalist in the 30s and 40s, the story of a talented and skilled photojournalist. The author captures the emotional dilemmas and questions facing women in these difficult years.

Immunology is a relative newcomer to the world of scientific exploration. The first description of the immune response came in the late 19th century when the Russian biologist Metchnikov observed a microscopic cellular reaction when foreign materials were introduced into starfish larvae, wor…

"Dealing in Dreams” by Lilliam Rivera, is a young adult dystopian novel in which females rule the world. In Mega city, girls run the fierce crews and girls have the power. It’s a hard life full of violence and throw downs.

Award-winning journalist Scott Pelley has written a captivating memoir from the front lines of modern history. The book opens with words from his essay on the November 18, 2015 “CBS Evening News” after the ISIS attack on Paris:

Today we welcome a new reviewer, Annie Snider, a fifth grade student at South Point Elementary School. Annie says she loves to read fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. She hopes writing for the blog will help her “learn to be a better writer.”

“Daniel’s Good Day” is a happy story with vibrant illustrations by Micha Archer about a little boy who’s going to see his grandmother. Daniel lives in a busy area and knows many in his neighborhood. Each person he meets on his walk tells him to “Have a good day.”

“A Wonderful Stroke of Luck,” by Ann Beattie, tells the life of Ben, an emotionally challenged man who can’t come to terms with his lot in life or the people from his past, haunting him throughout his adulthood.

“My Lovely Wife, ” by Samantha Downing, is a psychological thriller full of domestic suspense. It’s a story of family dynamics, marriage and its challenges, serial killers, and the effects the news media plays in our culture.

Before our first grandchild was born 17 years ago, my husband and I signed up for grandparenting classes at the hospital where our daughter was going to give birth. We left the class one evening with a meaty kernel of advice: “Keep your mouth shut.”

On a whim, Dani Shapiro spit into a cup and took a DNA test through Ancestry.com. Once the sample was sent, she didn’t think about it again. Several weeks later, the results arrived. Shapiro learned she had no biological connection to the man she thought was her father, so goes the premise o…

“The Tiger at Midnight,” by Swati Teerdhala, is a gorgeously written Indian- inspired tale full of secrets, drama and adventure.

“Ruse,” by Cindy Pon, is the enticing, adventurous sequel in the “Want” duology. The author once again releases an amazing book set in the scary world of future Taipei. (Spoiler alert: please don’t read this review if you haven’t read “Want.”)

“Little Faith,” by Nickola Butler, is a moving intergenerational novel about a Wisconsin family and the power and limitations of their faith. It is a story of family, community, friendship, love and forgiveness.

“The Day That Went Missing: A Family’s Story,” by Richard Beard, is a memoir describing a life lived after a younger brother’s death, but really it is so much more. The memoir is a look at how we all try to sweep the unpleasant occurrences in our lives under the rug and attempt to live unaffected.

On Earth Day not everything green, or yellow, is a welcome sight. Many will feel the main character’s pain in “Dandy,” the cover showing a crazed lion glaring at a dandelion erupting in his lawn, his daughter peeking out of his golden mane with a joy-filled expression.

“Here and Now and Then” is a time travel story by Mike Chen. Although it has some technical and scientific details it is still a quick read and a touching story.

April is poetry month. I’d advise swinging down the bridle path with “Pony Poems for Little Pony Lovers,” by Cari Meister — a collection of 16 rhyming poems, each featuring a unique tail-swishing beauty. Among the cuties are Stoney, a pinto, Princess a palomino and Nibbles, a buckskin that e…

A vision by a young man with a troubling past sets this investigative mystery in motion, and the suspense continues until “Desolation Mountain’s” conclusion. Although this is one of many books in a series about a former sheriff named Cork O’Connor, William Kent Krueger’s novel can be read as…

“A Cold Day in the Sun,” by Sara Biren, is a young adult romance that takes place in present time. It’s set in a small town in Minnesota and focuses on hockey, and the relationship between two players.

William Logan Bryant has written a charming and scientific book about the unlikely nonfiction topic of tree pruning. This acclaimed arborist explores woodland cutting from ancient times to the present. He centers his message on two pruning methods that have been used for thousands of years t…

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