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Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Of Women and Salt tells the story of several women spanning several generations. With one important exception, the men in the story are more a source of pain, an impetus to drastic action, anger, or addiction. We don't know their... Continue Reading →

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales from the Hinterland is a perfect companion to The Hazel Wood  and The Night Country, two books about the adventures of Alice and her friend Atticus Finch as she explores the world of her grandmother, the author of Tales... Continue Reading →

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

The Yellow Bird Sings tells the story of a Jewish mother Róźa and her daughter Shira. They survive the Nazi occupation of their city by fleeing to the country and hiding in a barn. Their saviors Henryk and Krystina are... Continue Reading →

Do You Mind If I Cancel by Gary Janetti

The first time I saw Gary Janetti was in his husband's series "It's a Brad Brad World" about the celebrity stylist Brad Goreski who had been the long-suffering new hire on Rachel Zoe's show. I was happy to see him... Continue Reading →

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Whisper Network is a novel that would not exist without the #MeToo movement as it is inspired by the Shitty Media Men spreadsheet, a controversial effort by women in media to have each other's back by informing each other who... Continue Reading →

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake's The Guest Book is an ambitious multi-generational family saga that looks at American life through the experience of three generations of one patrician family, the Milton family of Crockett's Island. The island is off the coast of Maine... Continue Reading →

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper has already established a solid reputation as an author who successfully weaves a story where the setting is as important a character as the people. The Lost Man continues that tradition. Nathan Bright is called out to meet his youngest... Continue Reading →

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

On public broadcasting, sometimes there are reruns of this hoary old show with terrible production values called "Meeting of Minds." I always loved history so I loved that show so the premise of The Dinner List, it made me think of Steve Allen's... Continue Reading →

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

After her best friend Bella died, Tina Hopgood wrote to a professor at the Silkeborg Museum where the Tollund Man lies waiting for visitors like Tina and Bella who always hoped to go see him. Kristian, the curator, wrote back... Continue Reading →

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

My Ex-Life is a great title, a bit of a pun, and a good description of the story. College-application consultant David Hedges is a bit at sixes-and-sevens after his lover left him for a richer man and his landlady decides to... Continue Reading →

Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

Ten years ago the small border town of Bliss, Texas, Hector Espina walked into his former high school on Homecoming night and shot a teacher and several students, including Oliver Loving. Oliver survived if that's what you want to call it,... Continue Reading →

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

With Force of Nature, Jane Harper solidifies her reputation as a mystery writer for whom Nature should always be capitalized as Nature itself is a main character. In The Dry, the heat and drought were critical elements of the story. In this second... Continue Reading →

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood is a young adult fantasy novel that twines familiar tropes of fairy tales and fantasies–princesses, magical objects, challenges, quests, and magic into something entirely new, exciting, and deeply dangerous. It is a thrilling, inventive, and highly... Continue Reading →

Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies

Dawn Davies describes her Mothers of Sparta as a "memoir in pieces," an excellent way of describing this collection of essays that taken together share many important elements in her life. I think many women will recognize themselves in the fierceness of... Continue Reading →

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

Dear Fahrenheit 451 has a clever conceit. One I wish I had thought of myself. One I am tempted to steal. Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451, You made me laugh out loud, dearest Dear Fahrenheit. Your author Annie Spence is a funny writer... Continue Reading →

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