I knew the barest of bones about Larry Nassar - I mean, it was MSU, and an unthinkable scandal, and I don't live in a complete vacuum - but I had no idea just how far it truly reached. Pesta tackles this and more, through hundreds of interviews with the young women and girls who became victims not only of Nassar, but the gym coaches who abused and turned their backs on abuse, police who refused to investigate, and a system that allowed them to become brainwashed pawns in the pursuit of excellence. This book infuriated me, but I couldn't help but admire the women who were frank and honest in telling their difficult stories, and the healing that came from bringing down a monster.
This is the first book in the new Two Rivers series set in Great Britain, and it introduces Matthew Venn, who has left his strict evangelical background to become a police detective. Now he's investigating a couple of murders that just may be tied to some unsavory happenings at the local day center, run by Matthew's partner Jonathon. Cleeves has written a beautiful setting; I liked this book a lot and think that it would appeal to those who enjoy Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series, or Louise Penny's Armand Gamache.
I am very happy that there's a brand new Llama Llama picture book! While Anna Dewdney, the original author, died a few years ago, the Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust is in full swing, and Reed Duncan, who was her long-time partner, wrote this new book in her style. In Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess, little Llama discovers just how hard Mama works to keep their home comfortable and in order. These sweet stories are fun read-alouds.
It’s 1963, and two new ministers - Charles and James - have been hired to take Greenwich Village’s Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times—within the church, the country, and their own lives. Charles has a solid faith, but his wife Lily lost her parents at fifteen, and doesn't believe in God. James isn't sure about God but feels an urgent call to service, while his wife Nan's father was a minister, and she's spent her life with a strong belief in God.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. Although the ending was satisfying,I wanted this gorgeous story to go on and on.
I've never particularly cared for recycled characters, especially those I've really loved (and I've had a big ole crush on Hercule Poirot since I met him in junior high). But Sophie Hannah was approached by the Christie family to resurrect him, and I've enjoyed her efforts. This one is twisty - someone sent letter 'signed' by Poirot and accusing the recipient of murder. He knows neither the very angry woman who confronted him nor the murder victim. And when more letters start to appear, Poirot knows he's going to have to get to the bottom of the problem before his reputation is ruined. Hannah certainly give us the essence of much-loved Christie character without making him into a caricature.
The White House and the Pure Movement has decreed that women are no longer allowed jobs, books, or more that 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 a way to reclaim her voice - and more importantly, that of her young daughter - in a world that has demanded that women be silenced. Part dystopian, part science fiction, part thriller, this riveting book is reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale and 1984 - frightening, but important for our time.
It's about eleven years after The Rosie Effect, and our hero Don Tillman is doing just fine. He's (still) a Columbia genetics professor, (still) happily married to Rosie, and (still) the proud father of their brilliant son, Hudson. But Rosie's career returns the family to Australia, and Hudson is having a bit of trouble adjusting. So when a classroom misunderstanding leaves Don with a lot of unexpected time on his hands, he decides to tackle "The Hudson Project" with his usual logic and order. And even though Hudson and Don have started to exhibit many common traits and Don thinks he can use his own experience to help, eleven-year-old boys often have their own way of looking at the world, and Don has a lot of 'recalculating' to do to turn things around. I love this series, and the third book is still a perfect combination of dead-serious and laugh-out-loud funny.
Tikka Malloy was home in Australia, visiting her parents and older sister Laura. Laura doesn't want to talk about it, but Tikka can't help but think about the summer she was eleven years old, and their best friends the Van Apfel girls - Hannah, Ruth, and beautiful, rebellious Cordelia - mysteriously disappeared. Were they kidnapped by strangers? Murdered by their overly-attentive teacher? Did they run away from their harsh evangelical parents? Their disappearance was never solved, and twenty years later, Tikka still thinks she sees Cordelia behind every corner. This thriller was a wonderful slice of Australia, and unsettling in the very best way.
Roya was an idealistic teenager, and Bahman was young man with a passion for justice, and with a shared love for literature, they met at the village stationery shop during the tumultuous political upheaval of Iran in 1953. Their budding romance was both encouraged and accommodated by the kindly shopkeeper Mr. Fakhri, and the two fell almost instantly in love. They planned a meeting on the eve of their marriage - the same day the rumored coup erupted into violence, and Bahman never showed up. Heartbroken, Roya decided on a different path - a California education, marriage, and a life on the east coast - until a chance encounter sixty years later gives her the chance ask the question: Why didn't you come? This novel was lovely, and appealing to those who enjoyed The Kite Runner.
Karolina Hartwell is in big trouble. She was pulled over on a false drunk driving charge, and now she's estranged from her senator (and presidential hopeful) husband, kept from her beloved stepson, and exiled from the Beltway to Greenwhich as a pariah. Emily Charlton (last seen as Miranda Priestly's assistant in The Devil Wears Prada) is now a brilliant image consultant to the stars, but a sassy up-and-comer is stealing her clients, and Emily needs a comeback. Karolina's predicament is just the challenge she needs, and together with Karolina's best friend Miriam, former high-powered attorney but now a Greenwhich stay at home mom, and Miranda Priestly herself, Emily might just save Karolina's reputation as well as her own. This A Devil Wears Prada book is a super fun little summer read - and if you are a fan of the bookstore, you know that the Saturn booksellers are huge fans of the movie...