Crossroads

by: Jonathan Franzen Goodreads description: It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless–unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, […]

The Lincoln Highway

By: Amor Towles Goodreads description: In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the work farm where he has just served a year for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick […]

These Precious Days

By: Ann Patchett Goodreads description: “Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and […]

January 2022 Tidbit

January is soup season! Here are our favorites. Helen says: Mine is definitely the Barefoot Contessa’s Italian Wedding Soup. I am obsessed. It is time consuming, but worth it. I think the hint of dill is what makes it so delicious. For the meatballs: ¾ pound ground chicken ½ pound chicken sausage, casings removed 2/3 […]