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“The Poppy Wife,” by Caroline Scott, is a poignant book about a search for answers, where that search can lead us and why we need answers in the first place.

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Now more than ever we need some humor and inspiration. Readers of all ages will get a heady dose of both with “That’s Life,” a book that helps us roll with the punches when life threatens a knockout.

Former Secret Service Special Agent Evy Poumpouras has written an illuminating self-help book about how to live fearlessly. Poumpouras has been battle tested; she has “walked the walk” as a U.S. Secret Service agent for 12 years. She believes that fear (“and it’s crazy cousin, panic”) can ca…

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The author of “The Other Madisons,” by Bettye Kearse, is an eighth generation direct descendant of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. The president and his wife Dolley Madison did not have children of their own, but James fathered a child by Coreen, a slave and half-si…

“Thorn” was originally published in 2012 and was recently republished by HarperTeen because an editor fell in love with it. After reading this fantasy, it is easy to see why.

“Because it’s there,” was British mountaineer George Mallory’s response to a reporter’s question, “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” Mallory lost his life in an attempt to reach Everest’s summit in 1924. His body was recovered from the mountain 75 years later.

Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes traces the decline of the yellow-cedar tree in this description of her 6-year Ph.D. research project on climate change. “In Search of the Canary Tree” begins in 2010 when Stanford student Oakes begins to investigate and record the decline of the Callitrops…

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Harlan Coben, a prolific writer of mystery thrillers, picks up from where he left off in his previous book, “Run Away.” One of the main characters is Hester Crimstein, renowned lawyer.

Joanna Cotler scores with a book about how contagious moods can be — bad or good. In “Sorry (Really Sorry)” the barnyard’s in a snit, all because of a Holstein that’s cranky because she has dirty hooves.

The title of “Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor,” by Layla Saad, is designed to make you uncomfortable. It intends to get under your skin and make you feel anxious. Because those who are negatively affected by the system of White Supremacy ex…

“Recipe for a Perfect Wife” offers a dual narrative between two women who lived 60 years apart. The novel switches between Alice, a modern day woman, and Nellie, a 1950’s housewife. Although it is a predictable read, it is an entertaining book.

“A Hundred Suns,” by Karin Tababe, is a psychological thriller that you won’t be able to stop reading. It’s chocked full of intrigue,, manipulation, lies and deceit. Initially, you are not sure who is doing what to whom. Who does one trust? What are the ulterior motives? There are also secre…

Born Abel Paisley, in Jamaica in 1936, Abel has lived for years as Stanford Solomon, the name by which his American wives and children know him. He is an old man dying in Harlem when the story opens. As the title suggests, ghosts from his past float in and out of “These Ghosts Are Family,” b…

While the people of the world are sheltering at home, bored and frustrated, overwhelmed with our unexpected change in circumstances and dreaming of escape, Jennifer Weiner is taking us to the beach. Once again, the New York Times best selling author has delivered a page turner with “Big Summ…

Birder Robert Tougias chronicles his year-long observations of the birdlife at his backyard feeders and 3-acre woodlot on Berry Lane in southeastern Connecticut. “It is an account of my awareness—seeing, thinking about, and appreciating the living habitat, nature, and most specifically birds....”

Lois Lowry, a giant in children’s literature, rises to even greater heights with “On the Horizon,” a compact novel in verse.

“Bone Crier’s Moon,” by Kathryn Purdie, has a very unique premise, one I hadn’t read before. I approached the book thinking it was going to be another fantasy, a mix of others in the genre I’d previously read. But I actually was transported into a very interesting book that kept me engrossed…

“On Swift Horses,” has an interesting, original story line, one that I hadn’t experienced before. It’s is a “queer” historical fiction novel set in the American west in 1956, a a story full of love, secrets and gambling. The book implies a lot instead of coming right and telling you what is …

“Every Reason We Shouldn’t,” by Sara Fujimura, is a young adult read that addresses some of the commitments and sacrifices needed to fulfill dreams. The book stresses how family responsibility and expectations, as well as how friends impact our dreams.

Ohioan Eliese Goldbach has written an engrossing memoir of her working-class life as union card carrier “#6691: Utility Worker” in a Cleveland steel mill. Twenty-nine-year-old Goldbach begins her 3-year period of earning her livelihood as a steelworker in the spring of 2016.

I was hesitant to read “The Glass Hotel,” Emily St. John Mandel’s most recent novel. After all, the last book I read by her, “Station Eleven,” has haunted me more and more over the last few weeks. However, while this new book is indeed haunting, it is not about a global pandemic or its fallo…

First-time novelist and naval architect Martin Dumont strikes a melancholy note in his novel “Schrödinger’s Dog.”

Ana is 14-years-old in 16 CE (Common Era). She lives in Sepphoris, a region of Israel. The closest village is Nazareth. At age 15, she married Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph.

Will Storr’s “The Science of Storytelling” might well have been called “The Psychology of Storytelling.” Storr uses his study of modern psychology to craft a remarkable book that attempts to answer the question, “What make this particular story so good?”

The contemporary novel “A Good Neighborhood,” by Therese Anne Flowler, is a saga of domestic drama. It’s about two very different families living next door to each other The book touches on class, race, teen love and the environment.

Maya Seale has been invited to participate in the filming of a documentary to mark the 10-year anniversary of a trial that generated national media attention. Seale was one of the 12 jurors in the case. On trial was a young African-American teacher accused of murdering one of his students, t…

I thought I would be reading about the current economy when I selected this book. Wrong! Then, when I discovered the subject matter, I wondered if I would be disparaged by readers for commenting about this eloquent feminine manifesto from a male point of view. Nevertheless, I have taken the …

“The Adventurer’s Son,” a memoir, focuses on a family who traveled the world seeking adventure. They live for wilderness-hiking, exploring and camping, live in Alaska and participate in back country endurance races, such as ski racing over hundreds of miles. The family has participated in ic…

Mimi and Don Galvin married in 1945. Twenty years later, Mimi gave birth to the last of 12 children the couple had together. Having 12 children makes for an interesting story, but astonishingly, six of those children were diagnosed with schizophrenia by the time they were adults.

If you like funny, sweet, and intriguing books, read this book now!

Neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso has woven together a fascinating collection of vignettes about the migration of plants. The scientific expert lucidly explains that plants are far more aware of the environment around them than are animals. He explains how plants are social organisms, great com…

Color this one wise and wonderful. “The Good Egg,” by Jory John, is the story of an egg that pushes too hard for perfection.

Beth Leeson drives her son to a football game about 12 miles from their village in England. After dropping her son off for the game, she makes a trip to the nearby town to take a look at a magnificent house in an elegant neighborhood.

“Greenwood,” by Michael Christie, is a good family saga to read while we are hibernating (versus quarantining).

Sarah Broom’s mother, Ivory Mae, paid $3,200 in 1964 for a shotgun house on Wilson Street in the predominantly black, working-class suburb of New Orleans East. When Ivory Mae was only 19-years-old, she purchased the home with the life insurance money from her first husband’s death with the i…

Like Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” and Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song,” “Apeirogon” by Colum McCann is a non-fiction novel, a genre defined as depicting real historical figures and actual events woven together with fictitious conversations and using the storytelling techniques of …

Richard Chizmar’s solo follow up to “Gwendy’s Button Box,” co-written by Chizmar and Stephen King, proves that Chizmar is as much an authority of the “Kingverse” as King himself.

Many a library shelf sags due to the countless, stout books touting Winston Churchill’s World War II leadership. So, don’t bother to write one more? Fortunately for readers, journalist Erik Larson did not feel that way because he has written a captivating, distinctive history of Churchill’s …

The psychological thriller, “The Wife and the Widow,” by Christian White, is a murder mystery full of twists and family drama. We first meet the widow, Kate Kellie, as she waits at the Melbourne International Airport with her daughter Mia.

“Weather,” a 200-page book by Jenny Offill, can be read in a day or two, and is well worth your attention.

A wide-eyed redhead greets readers when they open “My Best Friend,” a captivating charmer by Julie Fogliano. With a page turn we see the redhead leaning on a pole, supporting a tire swing, longingly gazing at a girl with a black ponytail and glasses.

At age 19, John Stillman voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Infantry in Vietnam. He initially enjoyed the rush of his assignment and looked forward to freeing the South Vietnamese from the brutal Viet Cong.

“This is Happiness,” is a humorous “coming of age” story, a nod to Ireland. The story takes place during the late 1950’s in the small rural village of Faha, Ireland.

Vanessa begins attending a boarding school in Maine when she is a freshman in high school. She convinces her reluctant parents to let her live at this school when she earns a scholarship. Her parents are not wealthy so the scholarship is a must. When the massacre at Columbine happens, they b…

When I read the synopsis of “Unpregnant” I was intrigued to say the least. Not often do authors so blatantly talk or write books about abortions, but Hendriks and Caplan have done so. “Unpregnant” follows a girl, not unlike many, who finds herself in a bad situation with her whole future ahe…

Sister Johanna Marie, a French nun, has been dispatched by her archbishop to Iceland to follow up on new information regarding an investigation she had undertaken there two decades earlier. She had been chosen for the original investigation because of her ability to speak Icelandic, a langua…

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s memoir opens in 2006 with two ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) pounding relentlessly on the door of his small home in Northern California. Eight additional agents surround the exterior.

Highly recommended! The characters in “Beside Herself,” by Elizabeth LaBan, are so relatable that you feel like you are chatting with your girlfriends when reading this book

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