The Personal Librarian

by: Marie Benedict Goodreads description: The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian–who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.  […]

We Begin at the End

by: Chris Whitaker Goodreads description: There are two kinds of families: the ones we are born into and the ones we create. Walk has never left the coastal California town where he grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the […]

May 2021 Tidbit

Summer is the time for porch eating and drinking. Helen always gains weight in the summer due to delicious mayonnaise laden foods and abundant heavy appetizers. Tis the season for eating and drinking…especially where we live at the beach. Here are our favorite easy summertime go-tos! Helen says: Holly says: Olive Cheese Balls – recipe […]

Hour of the Witch: A Novel

by: Chris Bohjalian Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, […]

Sorrow and Bliss

by: Meg Mason Goodreads Description: This novel is about a woman called Martha. She knows there is something wrong with her but she doesn’t know what it is. Her husband Patrick thinks she is fine. He says everyone has something, the thing is just to keep going. Martha told Patrick before they got married that […]

Who is Maud Dixon?

by: Alexandra Andrews Goodreads description: Florence Darrow is a small-town striver who believes that she’s destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to “Maud Dixon,” a celebrated-but anonymous-novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance. The arrangement feels idyllic; […]

April/May 2021 Tidbit

The results of our March Pop Culture Poll are in! Here is what our readers said: Favorite Jeopardy host – Ken Jennings 48% Katie Couric 27% Dr. Oz 15% Mike Richards 9% Helen says: I have unequivocally changed my vote from a month ago. Aaron Rodgers did a phenomenal job! Celebrity Crush 🥰 Holly says: […]

Guests on Earth

by Lee Smith Goodreads Description: It’s 1936 when orphaned thirteen-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental institution in Asheville, North Carolina, known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital’s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses cascading events that lead up to the […]