I absolutely loved this novel about Alice Roosevelt.
I admit that I didn't know much about her before I read this book, but her wit and antics quickly made her one of my favorite historical women.
Years ahead of her time, she refused to conform to the expectations of high society. She chewed gum, smoked cigarettes and spoke her mind at a time when women just didn't do that. Especially the daughter of a president.
Americans of the time followed her every move and treated her like royalty.
She lived a life full of adventure and heartache and I could not get enough.
On the Korean island of Jeju, Young-sook and Mi-ja belong to a collective of women divers who are the breadwinners for their families.
The girls become friends as children and the story follows their friendship over decades, from the occupation by Japan to World War II, to the Korean War and after.
This is a fiction novel based on actual divers called Haenyo. I cried happy tears and tears of anguish while reading this book and about the events of their lives. This story about friendship, loss, and connection will fill you with awe and remind you to count your blessings.
I was enthralled with The Age of Light.
This is the story of Lee Miller, a famous fashion model who decides that she would rather be behind the camera and in 1929 moves to France to immerse herself in art.
In France, she catches the eye of artist Man Ray and though he wants Lee to be part of his life as his muse, she rejects the idea and instead requests that she become his assistant while he teaches her about photography.
Theirs is a tumultuous relationship and Lee becomes a world class artist in her own right.
From fashion model to first female war correspondent, Lee Miller was a woman ahead of her time. This story of her pursuit of her passions is not to be missed!
It’s 1938 and Hollywood is bringing The Wizard of Oz to the big screen.
To be sure Hollywood stays true to the vision of her late husband, L. Frank Baum, Maud Baum makes her way to MGM studios to offer the service of her insight.
Told in alternating timelines between the 1880s and 1938, we get a fantastical glimpse “behind the curtain” and into the real situations and people who inspired the book –and eventually one of America’s most iconic movies.
Vickie is an aromatherapist working from her home, finishing with a client, when a police officer shows up at her door and tells her that her ex-husband has gone missing. Vickie claims that she hasn't seen him since their divorce years ago, but her memory can’t always be trusted.
The police don't believe her, and David's new wife, Tonya is quick to point fingers.
I enjoyed this book, told in different timelines by a cast of characters that kept me guessing if Vickie would be able to prove her innocence when she herself couldn't be completely sure that she was...
This page turner opens in the aftermath of a private plane crash in the mountains and Allison is the only survivor. She must survive in the elements, but doesn't want to be found. But, there are people from her old life that will stop at nothing until they do.
Across the country, Alison's mom has received the news that her estranged daughter was one of the victims of this tragedy but instinct tells her that Allison is alive.
This story is told in the alternating viewpoints of both Allison and her mother, as they make their way toward each other and discover the truth that may put them all in danger.
More of a psychological study than a psychological thriller, Looker follows the unnamed narrator amid a divorce after a bout of unsuccessful fertility treatments.
With her life coming apart at the seams, she begins to follow suit. She is depressed. She is angry. Her once innocent interest in her movie star neighbor becomes an obsession- the consequences of which will ripple through her neighborhood.
This is a dark, unsettling story that follows a woman into madness that you see coming before she does.
I read this short novel in one sitting because I just had to know if the narrator was going to make it out with her sanity intact.
The Gown is the story of three women, living almost 70 years apart – all connected by the royal wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth II.
Jennifer Robson did her research, expertly blending historic events and people with characters and situations of her own creation. This book, centered on the making of a gown, is really the story of love, loss, and the bonds of family.
This is a must read for historical fiction fans.
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!
I know I’m late to the party here, but I'm new to the work of David Sedaris. I know. I know. The important thing is that I finally made it.
This book was a gem. I could’ve devoured this entire book in one sitting, had I not stopped every few minutes to catch my breath from laughing so hard or to read a bit out loud to anyone that happened to be around.
Though Sedaris is a humorist, he also slips in deeply human and personal experiences in a way that balances the whole book out.
Sedaris has a keen eye for detail, a genuine curiosity about life, strange life experiences, and the gift of storytelling which is the exact formula for the writing of fantastic books!
When I was in the 4th grade, my class got to hear one chapter of this book every Friday. That was almost 30 years ago and to this day, Sidways Stories from Wayside School remains my favorite book of all time.
Each chapter is about a teacher or a student at Wayside School and the shenanigans they find themselves getting into.
This is one of those books that begs to be read again and again, and is a great choice to be read out loud.
If you’re looking for a laugh out loud funny book, this is it– perfect for kids AND kids at heart!
This is one of those books that has it all: whimsical illustrations, humor, and something to be learned.
Filled will all kinds of great big, silly words, such as kerfuffle and bibliomania - and their definitions, Big Words for Little Geniuses is a fun way to broaden a child's vocabulary during story time!