We have been excited about this new business book by John Addison. The nine practices that lead him to both professional and personal success are simple and attainable for anyone interested in leading and living with purpose, and he shares them with enthusiasm. And the leaders of Gaylord seem to agree.
I realized as I picked up this eighteenth adventure of Miss Julia - now Mrs. Murdoch - I’ve been reading this series since my own Miss Julia was a baby. And her dry humor, energy, willingness to do what's right, and worries as she does it are just as fresh as ever as she finds herself the reluctant testatrix of Miss Matty Freeman's over-optimistically disbursed will. As the eager beneficiaries - including the church deacons and pastor who feel entitled to a new air-conditioning system - clamor for their share, Miss Julia must wade through piles of papers, questionably valuable furniture, a piece of unique needlework, and maybe a long-lost relative in order to do her duty - which she executes with diligence, aplomb, and a little help from Etta Mae Wiggins. I kind of want to be Miss Julia when I grow up...
It's late summer in the beautiful East Sussex coastal town of Rye when fiercely independent Beatrice Nash arrives to teach in the local grammar school. Rye is resistant to the idea of a female teacher, and Beatrice is lucky to find support in the outspoken town matriarch Agatha Kent and her charming nephews. But it's 1914, and while the village braces for the outbreak of war, Beatrice and her new friends will be tested in unimaginable ways. This is a wonderful historical fiction novel by the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a long-time staff pick.
The author's beloved grandmother's own charm bracelet inspired this story of grandmother, mother, and daughter - three generations of women and the hopes and dreams symbolized in the charms collected on their bracelets. Each has personal struggles - Lolly is suffering from memory loss, Arden wishes she had time to write something more fulfilling than puff-pieces for Paparazzi magazines, and Lauren is a reluctant business school student who longs to pursue art instead. Their challenges unfold as chapter by chapter charms - and wishes - are added to their bracelets, beginning with the Half-Heart Charm for a life of never being separated, through the Book Charm for a story that will never end. This tight-knit family of women is as delightful as their story is heartwarming.
Robert Goodenough was born in Ohio's Black Swamp. The youngest of ten children, he was the only one with any interest in his father's obsession of buying seedlings from John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed and trying to cultivate and perfect his apple orchard in the inhospitable black muck. Family tragedy sends Robert running west towards California and the Gold Rush where he finds solace in the redwoods and sequoias and meets a naturalist who recognizes his love of botany - until he is reluctantly reunited with his past and must decide to either claim it or set out on his own path. Chevalier's tale is thoughtfully crafted and a vivid slice of pioneer life.
This work of nonfiction is subtitled Inside the Private World of the White House, and was inspired by the author's luncheon with Michelle Obama and her observation that the service was simultaneously flawless and almost invisible. She interviewed over a hundred domestic staffers, from the Kennedy White House through the Obama's. All were honored to serve quietly behind the scenes and most were reluctant to even be interviewed, but their stories from the private residence floors are fascinating - and sometimes dishy. Plumber Reds Arrington had a nervous breakdown from LBJ's demands for more water pressure in his shower. Head housekeeper Christine Limerick took a leave of absence during Nancy Reagan's years. And the first Bushes were beloved as funny, kind, and easygoing. This was a fascinating look behind the scenes - kind of an American Downton Abbey.
Ove is a proud curmudgeon. He is grumpy, strict, and unwavering in his principles. He feels it is his duty to patrol his neighborhood at dawn, noting any rule-breaking. His sternness does nothing to endear him to his neighbors - until the charming family moving in next door flatten his mailbox and thrust themselves - boisterously on their part and reluctantly on Ove's - into his ordered world. This funny story of first impressions and misconceptions is lovely - feel-good without saccharine, dryly witty, and well-crafted.
Mr. Heming is a real estate agent and truly loves his charming English village. The villagers don't pay much attention to Mr. Heming, but Mr. Heming pays attention to them. He has kept a key to every house he has ever sold so that he can continue to observe his neighbors behind their locked doors...and this eerie thriller unfolds as details of Mr. Heming's troubled childhood and the reasons for his obsessions emerge. Dryly humorous - and creepy!
The finest families of Riverville, Texas, turned out in full force for the gala wedding celebration of Eugene Wheatley and his new bride Jeannie. Eugene's first wife died tragically of an accidental shooting, and Lindy Blanchard is delighted that her friend has found love again. But when Eugene is also shot at his own party and Jeannie and her questionably moral-ed family are suspected, Lindy and her grandmother Miss Amelia jump headlong into the case to help the sweet young widow. Nuts and Buried is the third book in our friend Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's Nut House Mystery series, and I think it's her best. And Elizabeth will be visiting the bookstore on Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am until 1:30pm. Drop in, get your book signed, and wish Elizabeth a happy birthday!
Sixteen-year-old Percy James was determined to find her missing mother at the old farmhouse in which she usually got high, but instead discovers an infant, crying, cold, and clearly neglected by the couple passed out in the living room. In a split-second decision, Percy snatches up the baby, Jenna, and sets out into a winter storm to get her to a hospital and safety. Percy is aided in her struggles by Portis Dale, an-off-the grid kind of fellow with whom she has always had an unlikely but close friendship, and their repartee is one of the best parts of the book.
Travis Mulhauser is from Petoskey, and although he has changed his hometown's name, his vivid descriptions of both the area and the climate pull the reader right into the storm with Percy, Portis, and Jenna. I thoroughly enjoyed his first novel.