The Foundling

by: Ann Leary Goodreads description: It’s 1927 and eighteen-year-old Mary Engle is hired to work as a secretary at a remote but scenic institution for mentally disabled women called the Nettleton State Village for Feebleminded Women of Childbearing Age. She’s immediately in awe of her employer—brilliant, genteel Dr. Agnes Vogel.  Dr. Vogel had been the only […]

The Candy House

by: Jennifer Egan Goodreads description: It’s 2010. Staggeringly successful and brilliant tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea. He’s forty, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalizing” memory. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, Own […]

Greenwich Park

by: Katherine Faulkner Goodreads description: Helen’s idyllic life—handsome architect husband, gorgeous Victorian house, and cherished baby on the way (after years of trying)—begins to change the day she attends her first prenatal class and meets Rachel, an unpredictable single mother-to-be. Rachel doesn’t seem very maternal: she smokes, drinks, and professes little interest in parenthood. Still, […]

Sea of Tranquility

by: Emily St. John Mandel Goodreads description: Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in […]

Black Cake

by: Charmaine Wilkerson Goodreads description: In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past—a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake.  We can’t choose what we inherit. But […]

The Golden Couple

by: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Goodreads description: Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all—until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves […]

The Last Flight

by: Julie Clark Goodreads description: Claire Cook has a perfect life. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he’s not above using his staff to track Claire’s every move. But what he doesn’t know is that […]

The Maid

by: Nita Prose Goodreads description: Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.  Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s […]

April 2022 Tidbit

May is a fun time of year…Which do you prefer? Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo? Helen says: I won big on Barbaro in a betting pool about 15 years ago. I love to gamble and I really love to win! Sometimes I worry I sold my soul to the devil- I have a lucky […]