Anna Andrews is asked to report on the murder of a woman in the small town where she grew up for the BBC and arrives at the scene to find that the victim is a woman she as a history with. She isn’t just reporting on the case, she is right at its center.
Jack Harper is the investigator handling the case and is suspicious of Anna’s involvement with the story. He knows she knew the victim because Jack is Anna’s ex-husband.
His secret? He was involved with the victim too. When more women are killed, his connections soon make him a suspect in his own case.
Both Anna and Jack have stories to tell about their involvement, but someone isn’t telling the truth…
The world could use more kindness.
This sweet, brightly illustrated picture book is the perfect way to teach children how to incorporate acts of kindness into their lives every day.
From sitting with a friend that is all alone, to choosing words carefully with love and respect – each letter of the alphabet is represented with an example of an easy way to be kind.
The last page asks the questions, “What if we could make the world a better place by being kind? What would happen?” These questions will spark conversations about these important ideas.
This is a great book with a message that is important for all of us.
It used to be that I read a book and sometimes – eventually – that book was made into a movie. Usually long after I had stopped wishing to see it on screen…
Recently though, I have had the pleasure of reading a book after I have enjoyed watching the story as a series on Netflix or Hulu.
Case in point: Shrill by Lindy West.
I read this is one sitting. I just could not stop. This feminist memoir tells the story of a woman learning how to navigate the world to get the love she wants, the job she deserves, by-lines on stories that were (and are) important to her, and a life that is all of her own creation.
Lindy gets very real about the events of her life. She talks candidly about fat-shaming, abortion, and dealing with internet trolls that insult her, make fun of her, and have even threatened her life.
Lindy is a strong woman, and this story makes it easy to see why SHRILL (the series on Hulu) was so compelling. I highly recommend both.
Fourteen-year-old Beverly decides to leave her home and her alcoholic mother after the death of her dog, Buddy. With Buddy gone, she no longer has a reason to stay.
She sets off into the world to make it on her own. She’s learned that she can’t count on anyone and she doesn’t want anyone to count on her. She will be self-sufficient. She will make no connections.
She finds herself a job at a seafood restaurant, and she meets Iola, a lonely woman living in a trailer park who takes her in and lets her sleep in her screened in porch.
In her new surroundings Beverly learns to trust people. She learns that she can start taking down the walls that she has put up to protect herself.
I loved this story about Beverly, and the importance of meaningful relationships.
This is the 3rd book in the Raymie Nightingale series by Kate DiCamillo.
It's Livia's 40th birthday and she is throwing herself the party of a lifetime to make up for the big wedding she never got to have. She believes that her daughter Marnie will not be able to attend because she is studying abroad. Livia loves her daughter, but is secretly glad Marnie won’t be there because she has a secret about her daughter that she needs to tell her husband Adam, but has chosen to wait until after the party so they can have one last happy time together.
But...Adam has arranged for Marnie to come home as a surprise for Livia’s party.
During the preparations, he hears news that could change his family forever. He also decides to hold onto this news until after the party so that it doesn’t ruin Livia’s special day.
I was exasperated at times at the members of this family but I’m glad I stuck with it until the end.
Fans of family dramas like Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng will enjoy 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 the story of the Lee family, 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. In fact, I have permanently staff-picked this title.
It's 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian is kicked out of Vassar College. Unsure of what else to do with this wayward young girl, her parents send her to Manhattan to live with an aunt - the owner of an eclectic yet deteriorating old theater.
When Vivian arrives, she is introduced to all the people who keep The Lilly Playhouse alive. From showgirls, to writers, to playboy actors, to the no-nonsense stage manager, Vivian can't get enough of the new cast of characters in her life.
Now almost ninety, Vivian is telling her story and the lessons she learned during her wild youth, and how her choices then have rippled through her entire life.
City of girls was a fun escape and a great story! Now available in paperback
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.
I've made this one a permanent staff pick.
Artist Mia Warren arrives in Shaker Heights with her daughter, Pearl, and sets tongues wagging. They have a mysterious past and little regard for the local status quo.
After renting an apartment from the Richardson’s – a wealthy, “perfect” Shaker Heights family- they become more than tenants when all the Richardson children are drawn to Mia and Pearl and their Bohemian lifestyle.
Meanwhile, family friends of the Richardson’s attempt to adopt a Chinese American baby causing a custody battle that divides the town, putting Mia and Mrs. Richardson (Elena) on opposing sides. In an attempt to find out why Mia feels the way she does about the custody battle, Elena uncovers secrets long hidden in Mia’s past, with results that can be devastating to everyone involved.
This is a must read before watching the series!
I had the pleasure of listening to this book written and narrated by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.
Told in a conversational style, the couple talk about their families, their marriage, their careers, food, art, puzzles, sex, values, and books- among other things.
I like each of these people as actors, but I really fell in love with them as a real-life couple. You can tell they have genuine love and respect for each other and a good sense of humor about life in general.
If you need a book to remind you that true love really does exist, this is it!
All Adults Here is a great story about small town life, told by the members of the Strick family.
Astrid is the widowed mother of the family who sees a friend get hit by a bus in the middle of town, which causes her to reflect on her life and how her family and friend have altered the trajectory of her life.
In alternating perspectives, we meet Astrid’s children who are each dealing with their own family issues.
I enjoyed the way family secrets were slowly revealed and how the events of each person's life rippled into the lives of the others, it made for very enjoyable reading.
Simon The Fiddler begins right before the end of the Civil War. Until then, Simon has kept himself out of military duty. After a fight in a bar in Texas, he finds himself conscripted into the Confederate Army.
Thankfully, Simon is a skilled fiddler and his talents land him an easy assignment within the regimental band.
The night before the Confederacy is to surrender, the band is called to perform for officers from both sides and their families. That night, he spots a beautiful young woman in the crowd named Doris Dillon, who is the governess to the young daughter of a Union Colonel.
In love, Simon inquires for information about Doris and learns that she must remain with the Colonel's family for three years to finish her servitude, and with the war now ended, they go their separate ways.
Meanwhile, Simon decides to use the three years travelling around Texas making money as a musician until he can buy some land, so that when Doris is free, they can be together...