“City of Thieves” by David Benioff. Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, it’s the tale of a Russian deserter and looter given the seemingly impossible task of finding a dozen eggs for a wedding cake in order to save themselves from execution.
“The Life She Was Given” by Ellen Marie Wiseman
In 1931, Lilly Blackwood was sold to the circus. More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood inherits her parents’ estate and returns home hoping to erase painful memories of strict rules and forbidden rooms. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and circus photos featuring a striking young girl.
“Beau Death” by Peter Lovesey.
Lovesey is one of my “must read” mystery writers. His Peter Diamond mysteries set in modern Bath offer readers both good puzzles and lessons on Bath’s history. A corpse is revealed during a demolition and the question is in what century the crime was committed. One suspects that the manners of the bon ton were never as polished as Miss Austen would have us believe.
“William’s Winter Nap” by Linda Ashman – a cozy story for cold winter nights.
“Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson
Biographer Isaacson relies heavily on Leonardo’s notebooks (over 7 thousand pages) to create this fascinating biography of Leonardo da Vinci, delving into the connections his creative and curious mind made between art and science and observation and technology.
“Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg Heart-warming, feel good story about a widower and an unlikely friendship.
“Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
“Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories” by R. J. Palacio
“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee.
Epic in scope, Lee’s novel tells the story of four generations of a Korean family spanning the early 1900s through the late 1980s. “Pachinko” is a game of chance and so, too, are the lives of the characters represented within the pages of this book. Betrayal, redemption, prejudice, identity…all are themes or questions woven through the narrative. Beautifully written and if you happen to listen to the audio – wonderfully narrated by Alison Hiroto.
“Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in her Life” by Annie Spence.What a delightful book! This librarian (me) thinks any avid reader will enjoy both the humor and heartbreak found between the covers of this book. You can read it straight through or use the table of contents to find some books you yourself have loved or loathed. Author Annie Spence is both a clever writer and an authentic guide to some great (and not-so-great) literature. Be sure to check out her list of excuses to give when you just need to stay home and READ!
Do you believe in miracles? Well Mary C. Neal, M.D. Does and in her second book “7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught me to Live a Joy-filled Life” she tells us how miracles and more are a part of everyone’s life and how beauty can be found even in despair.