Video Preview–The Ice Palace Waltz by Barbara L. Baer

In The Ice Palace Waltz, two Jewish immigrant families—the rough and ready Western pioneers and the smooth, “our crowd” New Yorkers—come together in a riveting family saga amid the financial and social tumult of early twentieth century America. Video courtesy of the publisher, Open Books.

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Publication Info: Published April 14, 2020 by Berkley. I read the Kindle pre-pub edition courtesy of of the Berkley, Penguin Random House and NetGalley. Other editions now avaialble. Summary: A troubled young woman climbs through the bedroom window of an assisted living home and changes everyone’s lives, including her own. The bedroom is shared by […]

15 Of The Best Quotes About Libraries

In these challenging times, education and entertainment are important for everyone’s mental health. Although many library doors are closed for the safety of both staff and patrons, there are so many resources available online. I know in my own local library, they’ve continued to add resources to support the community, even when they are closed. […]

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Publication Info: Published September 12, 2017 by Penguin Press. I read the Book of the Month Club hardcover edition. Other editions available. Summary: Elena Richardson’s guiding life principle is that everything will be just fine if you live by the rules. She grew up in Shaker Heights, a well-ordered town, went away to college briefly, […]

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Publication Info: Published January 20, 2020 by Berkley. I read the Book of the Month Club edition. Other editions available from your favorite bookseller. Summary: Thirty-five years ago, Viv Delaney vanished from her job as a hotel night clerk and was presumed dead. Now her niece, Carly Kirk, wants to discover what happened to her […]

Hodgepodge 1

I had major dental surgery a few days before COVID-19 struck. Afterwards, I was really under the weather and not reading much, mostly listening to audio books. It’s now been two weeks after surgery and while I’m not 100% yet, I am on the mend. There was a complication during surgery that leaves me having […]

Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs (A Tea Shop Mystery #3)

Publication Info: Published January 7, 2003 by Berkley Books. I read the paperback edition, purchased from the online bookstore Thriftbooks. Other editions available. Summary: Charleston resident Camille Cantroux is looking forward to her engagement party. Although her wedding to Captain Corey Buchanan is to take place in Savannah, most of her friends live in Charleston […]