Nick

by Michael Farris Smith Goodreads description: Critically acclaimed novelist Michael Farris Smith pulls Nick Carraway out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this fascinating look into his life before Gatsby. Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby’s periphery, he was at the center of a very different story-one taking place […]

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Goodreads description: A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that […]

Migrations

by Charlotte McConaghy Good Reads Description: Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the ocean’s tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget the losses that have haunted her life. But when the wild she so loves begins to disappear, Franny can no longer wander without a destination. She arrives in […]

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Good Reads Description: Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.  Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She […]

Weather by Jenny Offill

Good Reads description: From the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation–one of the New York Times Book Review‘s Ten Best Books of the Year–a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a […]

September Vol. I Tidbit

In light of the pandemic and our attraction to the square box for entertainment, we thought we would share our favorite (limited to the top 3) viewings of the COVID season. We prefer books, but TV shows will do in a pinch when our eyes need a rest. Helen’s Top 3 Picks: Although I have […]

August Tidbit of the Month

We are going to share with you one interesting tidbit, pointer, idea, suggestion, fact, recommendation, etc. with each edition of our blogs.  These things will just be random and probably unrelated to books or about anything else for that matter.  Our “tidbit” this month has already been mentioned…Diet Sun Drop in the 6-pack bottles!  We […]