Dear Girl is a great reminder to the little girls in our lives (and to the mothers, aunts, and grandmothers who do the reading) to be embrace who they are and appreciate the things that make them special.
I love the whimsical illustrations and the inspiring message.
This is my go-to gift for baby showers and any other time a girl in my life– regardless of age, needs encouragement.
It’s 1963, and two new ministers have been hired to take Greenwich Village’s Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times—within the church, the country, and their own lives.
This beautiful story is about faith and the lack of, friendship, marriage, fulfilling one’s calling, getting what you want, and loving what you get.
And I was thoroughly surprised at how much I loved it...
Dan Hollis is a simple man living a simple life on the English moors. He lives alone in his barn with just his beautiful harps to keep him company, and that’s just the way he likes it. That is until Ellie Jacobs, the “Exmoor Housewife”, stumbles upon his harp barn on a self reflective walk through the woods.
Ellie and the Harpmaker is a novel filled with characters that evolve and discover themselves more and more on each page. This endearing romance is one of my favorites!
Four hyper-competitive Wall Streeters rush to a meeting at corporate headquarters on a weekend eve. They are forced into a team-building exercise requiring an escape room challenge in a locked elevator.
It’s a game of revenge and survival with puzzles revealing terrible secrets the team has kept hidden. Tempers flare and accusations fly, things start to turn deadly.
This psychological thriller is clever, fast-paced and full of twists and turns.
If you are a fan of the thriller genre, you should definitely read this one.
Lydia is the favorite child of James and Marilyn Lee. When she is found dead, the family must cope the best they know how and soon realize that Lydia was the glue that had been holding them together.
From the very first sentence, I was hooked on this wonderful book, and didn’t put it down until I was finished.
This story about love, loss, expectations, and family secrets is beautiful and heartbreaking and absolutely one of my favorites.
The Girl in the White Van by April Henry is a quick paced chilling YA thriller that all teens (and adults) need to read. When Savannah disappears after having an argument with her mom’s boyfriend she is assumed to have run away. What really happened to her is much,much worst…every persons nightmare, she is kidnapped. Other girls at her school had been talking about a white van following them around, but nobody was taking is seriously. Were the girls trying to get attention? Now that Savannah is being hidden far from prying eyes her nightmare has just begun. Who is this man her took her? Her mom’s boyfriend? The new man at her Kung Fu class? Savannah knows that only she can get herself out of this situation and she will do anything to escape.
I have been hearing about situations in our community of young girls not feeling safe while they are bike riding or walking. Please be aware of your environment and please talk to the youth in your lives about safety measures to take if they don’t feel safe.
Colin Dickey examines the United States most notorious haunted buildings, urban legends, and other historical events. He tells their “haunted” backstories and looks at the folklore as to why each are considered haunted.
I loved learning how and why ghost stories not only reflect our history, but are also used to "explain away" the things we are ashamed of and don’t want to face.
This is a spooky book full of historical detail that made me think differently about what it means to consider certain places “haunted."
This story of four Lower East Side siblings who visit a fortuneteller one day in 1969 to learn the day of their deaths stuck with me long after I had finished it—and I finished it in one sitting. This beautifully written book was a page turner!
Arriving in France in 1948, Julia Child doesn’t speak the language and knows little about French culture.
With the fierce determination of a woman on a mission, she learned the language, mastered French culinary nuances, and became a household name.
Julia Child is the epitome of a brave, fearless female. Reading her story will leave you dazzled and inspired.
It's the summer of 1965, and Helen Gurley Brown is poised to resurrect the failing Cosmopolitan magazine. She quickly realizes that she's actually been set up to fail - but that won't happen if her new secretary Alice Weiss, a plucky aspiring photographer, has anything to say about it. HGB is the star of every room, but this is actually Alice's story, set against the dual backdrop of glamorous Park Avenue and the burgeoning women's rights movement. And you'll cheer Ali on as she navigates it all to have to become a true Cosmo Girl.
Angela Santomero is the producer and co-creator of Blue’s Clues and other programming for children on PBS.
Inspired by the life of Mister Rogers, and his seemingly radical view of how people should be treated, Santomero points out that the world would be a much better place if we all practiced a little more kindness – and tells us exactly how to do so.
I came away from this book with a completely different perspective on how to interact with people on a daily basis and a new-found focus on being kind to myself.
If you are looking for a book that will make you feel good about life and the possibility of living in a gentler world, this is it!
Red blood v. Silver blood.
Mare Barrow is a red blood in a world where people of silver are labeled as more important because of their unique gifts. However, Mare has discovered that she has these gifts.
I always love a really good dystopian novel, and this book did not disappoint.
It had the perfect mixture of action, romance, and fantasy.
Joana, a Lithuanian; Florian, a Prussian; and Emilia, a Pole; are all trying to escape Germany in the midst of World War II. During their escape, they find one another and must avoid the Nazis and the advancing Russian soldiers while traversing across farms, open fields, and war torn cities with a group of other desperate souls. After many restless nights and terrifying days, they finally lie their way onto a German cruise liner that is supposed to ferry personnel and refugees to safety from the Red Army. Only, the cruise liner is attacked and all on board have to once again fight for their lives.
Sepetys has a tendency to draw her readers into her stories and Salt to the Sea is no different. I couldn't put this book down.
Eighty-year-old Odie O’Banion recounts the summer of 1932, when he and his friends are forced to escape from their school for orphans.
With the terrible headmistress in relentless pursuit, and dangers along the way, they travel the Gilead river on the way to St. Louis, where they hope to live with an aunt once they arrive.
This is a story about family, adventure, and survival set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
I haven’t stopped thinking about Odie and his group of “vagabonds” since I closed the book.
Small town cinema owner Virgil Wander is living his normal, small town life when his car flies off an icy bridge into the frigid waters of Lake Superior.
Alive, but just a little different (he loses his adjectives and some memories) after the accident, he must get back to a world-and a life that he doesn't completely recognize.
I loved this story about discovering how to be "the new you" in the place you've always called home.
I enjoyed the cast of interesting characters so much that I didn't want to finish the book because I grew to love them like they were my own friends and family.
Virgil Wander isn't a book about magic, but it sure does feel magical.
Don't miss this one!
The government has decreed that women are not allowed jobs, books, or more than a hundred words a day. Dr. Jean McClellan was in denial that it could go that far, but now she’s trying to figure out how to reclaim her voice in a world that has told women to be quiet…
This book was disturbing in a way reminiscent of 1984 and A Handmaid’s Tale. But it’s also an important book for our time, and an absolutely riveting tale.
Kya Clark is a young woman growing up on her own in the marshes of North Carolina. In 1969, local lothario Chase Andrews is found dead and Kya, known as “The marsh girl”, is the prime suspect.
The narrative flashes between the early fifties and the late sixties and tells Kya’s story.
Abandoned by her mother at a young age, she and her siblings are left in the care of their drunk, abusive father. One by one, her brothers and sisters leave and her father disappears, leaving her to fend for herself.
Uneducated except by the nature all around her, and with the help of her friend Tate, who teaches her to read, Kya must learn everything she can to survive alone. When Tate leaves for college, she meets and starts a tumultuous relationship with Chase.
The story ends with her trial. After suffering years of prejudice in her small town, her fate hangs in the balance
Women Talking is a novel of fiction based on the real-life event of a colony of Mennonites in Bolivia.
Between 2005 and 2009, the women and girls of the colony would wake, bruised and bloodied, having been attacked the night before as they slept. The men of the colony blamed the women, telling them they were being punished for their sins by ghosts and demons. It was later revealed that the women were being sedated with animal anesthetic and raped by some of the male members of the community.
This is the story of the women – all illiterate, with no knowledge of anything outside their religious community, meeting in secret to figure out how to protect their children and themselves and the choices they must make to do so.
This was a heart wrenching, powerful read that is not to be missed.