top pick

"The Fishermen"

my take: The upbeat cover of this book is deceptive … it is a colorful but oh-so-woe-full tale behind this …

"Being Mortal"

my take: At first I thought to recommend this to doctors, nurses, people over, say, 70 years … and then …

"Station Eleven"

my take: I’d been reading a lot of good books. I was looking for a great one. I chatted one …

"Crow Lake"

my take: There’s something wonderfully haunting about this book. In the opening paragraph: “When the end came, it seemed to …

"Someone Else’s Love Story"

my take: The real love story here is my head-over-heels infatuation with all things Joshilyn Jackson writes. For reals. This …

"The Age of Miracles"

my take: I loved this. It sounds lame to say it’s ‘novel’ but it’s true. Something different. A great new …

"Wonder"

my take: Oh, man. This is really good. This is one of those books you want everybody to read. It’s …

"The Doctor’s Wife"

my take: As a doctor’s wife I was curious about this book … it’s very small … actually more of …

"The Dog Stars"

my take: This is an amazing book. I’m not a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction …. The Road was a …

"Rules of Civility"

My take: I loved this! A great cast of characters, great plot, great depiction of the 1930’s, great fun with …

"state of wonder"

my take: a few years ago when bel canto was all the rage, i refused to read it. sometimes i push back …

"purple hibiscus"

my take: this was on my pile of books to read before the Festival of Faith & Writing. as such, …