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 […]

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 […]