American English, Italian Chocolate is a wonderfully written memoir in essays.
These essays have the feel of short stories and are filled with humor and tenderness. Your own humanity will be reflected back to you. These essays will make you stop and notice the individual pieces of your everyday life.
If you enjoy short essays or would like to start reading short essays, you will find this collection to be very enjoyable.
In the middle of the 20th century, the music of the Mississippi delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History.
Windy City Blues explores the relationship between Leeba and Red Dupree. Leeba comes from an Orthodox Jewish family. She comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James. Leeba falls in love with black blues guitarist Red Dupree and they find themselves in the middle of the civil rights movement, discovering that music can bring people together.
Leeba’s journey of self-discovery is set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution. There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. It mixes real people and real events with fictional characters and their lives. The exploration of the characters in the book were a delight to read and very memorable.
Karen and Tom Krupp are a happy couple who live in a lovely home in upstate New York. One day, Tom returns home from work to find Karen missing. Her car is gone and she has left in a hurry without her purse, phone, or ID, which is very unusual for her.
Tom begins his search for Karen when the police show up to let him know that she is in the hospital. She was speeding and lost control of her car in the worst part of town, a part of town where she would never be. The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes...and amnesia. She can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed.
Karen returns home with Tom once she is released from the hospital and soon realizes that something’s not quite right. Someone has been in her house. The police are asking questions and soon realize that there is more to this story. A dead body has been found… I am certain you will enjoy the plot twists in this psychological thriller.
Refugee is a very powerful novel that anyone would benefit from reading. This is an action-packed story of the experiences of three children from three different eras. The topics tackled are about courage, survival, and their journeys in search of refuge.
In 1939, Josef and his family are running from Nazi Germany and its persecution of the Jews. In 1994, Isabel and her family are fleeing the hunger and repression of the Castro regime. In 2015, Mahmoud and his family are trying to get away from the civil war that has turned Aleppo, Syria, into a wasteland of blasted rubble.
Although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end. We can all learn and take away from this touching novel. Intermediate readers, young adults and adults would enjoy reading this story of family, love, and loss.
George & Lizzie is a story of family, love, and life. This novel shows all three of these in a new light.
George and Lizzie have completely different backgrounds. George had a loving family - his mom was a stay-at-home mom and his father was an orthodontist. Lizzie grew up with parents who were both famous psychologists. They were more clinical with Lizzie instead of raising her simply as a child to love.
Because of their upbringings, George and Lizzie have completely different ideas of what love and marriage should be. Lizzie hems and haws, and starts dwelling on what should have been and what could be. George is easygoing, optimistic, and certain in his life choices.
In the end, this fictional romance is a tribute to love.
The Store is watching you at all times…
Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe, especially since Jacob and Megan have a dark secret of their own. They're writing a book that will expose the Store - a forbidden book, a dangerous book.
Will Jacob and Megan succeed? Will they be able to expose the Store?
This is an OUTSTANDING game for the Alexander Hamilton-obsessed person in your life. There are action cards, historical face cards and Hamilton cards, along with colonial cash in this historic action card game. Will you find yourself in a squirmish or a duel? Get all of your opponent’s money or die trying.
My family has had fun playing this game. We leave it set up on the table and keep coming back for more, picking up right where we left off. Stop in to grab this game for you and your family before they’re all gone!
Have you ever heard of a Siamese Cat that thinks he is a Chihuahua? In this delightful picture book, that is exactly what happens.
Skippyjon Jones is a silly, imaginative and adventuresome Siamese Cat. The story plots are fun and exciting. You and your children will be laughing profusely at the witty humor.
This is a book that you can read again and again.
You will not want to put down this clever mystery which provides not just one whodunit, but two. The two stories, one past and one present, are cleverly intertwined and full of details, parallels, anagrams, crafty twists, and occasionally a bit of humor. There is an English countryside, a fussy detective, a crazy sidekick, a meddling busybody, a peculiar vicar and a pretentious aristocrat.
I enjoyed the elegant yet playful plotting and felt like I was right in the middle of the mystery myself. Despite the length, the story is very fast paced and hard to put down. It kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Magpie Murders is the classic mystery fan's ideal summer read.
Orphan Island is a beautiful story about growing up, compromise, and heartbreak.
On Orphan Island, the sun rises in a sky filled with wonderful shapes. The wind, water, and trees provide shelter and protection for those who live on the island. Hunting, fishing and foraging provide plenty of food.
Nine children live on this mysterious island and everything is perfect. When they go to sleep, they have full stomachs and joy in their hearts.
Only one thing ever changes. Once every year or so a boat arrives out of the mist, bringing one new little child to join them and takes the eldest away to parts unknown, never to be seen again.
What happens when you question the everyday happenings that occur? Find out when you read this marvelous intermediate novel.
If you are looking for that perfect psychological thriller that you just can’t put down, pick up The Marsh King’s Daughter. Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness and marsh land, this novel is a MUST read.
Helena, the main character, is so intriguing, and it’s fascinating to get to know her throughout the book. Having grown up in captivity, yet unaware she is being held captive for much of her life, Helena has conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity. The struggles she encounters along the way help her to sort through these emotions.
The twists and turns that the author, Karen Dionne, takes you on are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Dionne will be at Saturn for a reading and signing of this fascinating Michigan thriller on Wednesday, August 9th. Click here for more details on the event and to get your ticket. You won’t want to miss this book or this event!