March’s New in Paperback Roundups

March’s roundup of New in Paperback fiction titles includes 
CAMINO ISLAND, John Grisham's thriller from last year that 
openswith a gang of thieves staging a daringheist from a vault 
deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library --- and the 
action never lets up from there. 

David Baldacci’s END GAME, which marks the 
return of CIA assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel, who are 
sent to investigate the disappearance of their handler, code-named 
Blue Man --- and find themselvesup against an adversary with superior 
firepower and a home-court advantage.

THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve, which centers on an 
extraordinary young woman who is tested by a catastrophic event, 
and is based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history. 

THE LYING GAME, an instant New York 
Times bestseller from Ruth Ware, who has written a chilling novel 
of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games that teenage girls play.
Among our nonfiction highlights are THE RADIUM GIRLS 
by Kate Moore, which fully illuminates the inspiring young women 
exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring 
strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances.

 JACKIE'S GIRLan endearing coming-of-age memoir
 by a young woman who spent 13 years as Jackie Kennedy’s 
personal assistant and occasional nanny --- and the lessons 
about life and love she learned from the glamorous first lady. 

Be sure to check out


Here's what had to say about upcoming Spring releases. Lots to look forward to......

Spring is an amazing season. We clean out our homes, we spend 
more time outside, and we get to watch flowers bloom anew.

There are so many must-read fiction books coming out this
spring that we can’t wait to get started. Whether you’ve been 
waiting for the new Michael Ondaatje novel or you’re a 
Clarice Lispector superfan, there’s a book on this list for every 
reader. Dive on in!

Be sure to check out for more information!


If you're a fan of Zadie Smith, now you can see what's really going on in her head! These essays range from Smith's thoughts on everything from interviews with pop culture icons, to her views on films, music, works of art and so much more. Yes, this is an essay collection but one you won't want to miss....

Feel Free

It seems that nothing is beyond the purview of Smith, who, between acclaimed novels, publishes must-read essays on Brexit, her mother's fascination with toilets, Justin Bieber, Jordan Peele's Get Out, and 27 other subjects, curated in this provocative collection.
— Natalie Beach

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All the critics praised this book. "So many layers and messages". Of course it's about a marriage which leads to family... which leads to angst....which leads to heart-wrenching characters. In this case it's an emotional journey that takes an in depth look at a marriage that has been dealt a severe blow. Suspenseful and beautifully written it's an engaging and enlightening story.

an american marriage

The quietly devastating effects of mass incarceration hit one recently married couple hard in Tayari Jones’s moving new novel An American Marriage. Roy and Celestial are upwardly mobile Southerners considering expanding their family when Roy is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. The rest of the novel explores the fallout, through letters and deftly-handled switches in points of view. Though it’s a heavy subject, Jones wields a light hand, imbuing Roy, Celestial and their friends and family with nuance and sympathy. What could have been an overwrought, didactic allegory about the prison industrial complex, is instead a subtle, powerful portrayal of ordinary Americans and the human costs of unjust systems. 



"Atmospheric" is the term reviewers have used to set the scene for Lippman's new novel. That immediately commands my attention...This sounds like a captivating story..Don't miss it! According to several blog readers it's a must read....

SUNBURN by Laura Lippman (Psychological Thriller)
Audiobook available, read by Susan Bennett
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. 

Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. 
Yet she stays and he stays --- drawn to this mysterious redhead 
whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course
 of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to 
a steamy, inexorable affair. 

Still, each holds something back from the other --- dangerous
 lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, 
or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each
 other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away --- 
or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand
 the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Reviewed by Ray Palen.
Click here to read more about the book.
Thankyou for this review.


I'm sort of back blogging again.. so many of you reached out, I felt the time had come to stop shopping for our new digs and concentrate on my true passion...Books! And it's a lot cheaper!

A friend recommended PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee and I was hooked! This is an epic novel spanning 500 pages of storytelling written in a simple evocative writing style. No wonder it was a National Book Award Finalist.

Without giving away too much,  it's focus is four generations of a Korean family and all the complicated relationshops and struggles that ensue.

Take this book on your next vacation or staycation ....or anywhere!  I loved it...It made me realize that reading is the true escape!

TAKING A BREAK (December 2017)

Yes, it's the holiday season, but for me it's a moving time of year...literally! After being in the same home for 50 years we're moving to smaller digs and a new community. I'm using this time to pack and purge, but I'll be back blogging in a few months. Have a wonderful holiday season and I'll see you next year!!

Remember, never stop reading!


New this week from The NY Times...

Otto Penzler (Vintage Crime, $25.) Penzler takes what is arguably 
the best part of crime and mystery novels — the villains — 
and packs them into an encyclopedic anthology that manages to cover both Dracula and Dr. Fu Manchu. To be read through a monocle and 
with a sinister sneer. THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOR By Kassia 
St. Clair (Penguin, $20.) Chrome Yellow, Dragon’s Blood and Pitch Black. These are just three of the 75 shades, dyes and hues St. Clair explores as she tells the backstory of the colors that make up our 
world. WHY WE DON’T SUCK By Dr. Denis Leary (Crown Archetype, $27.) Leary, the actor and co-creator of the FX series “Rescue Me” (and doctor by honorary degree), takes “equal 
opportunity aim” at the most partisan issues of our political moment with a mission to #MakeAmericaLaughAgain. PIE & WHISKEY (Sasquatch Books, $19.95.) This project began as a reading series organized by Lebo and Ligon, in which they sent 12 writers a pie and whiskey prompt to inspire new work. Six years later, they have created an anthology that’s just as eclectic, drunk and delicious. THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP By R. Sikoryak (Drawn and Quarterly, $19.95.) Sikoryak, an artist known for his arch comic 
adaptations of literary classics, casts President Trump, along 
with his outlandish claims and alternative facts, as some of the
 most notable villains in comic book history. Wonder Woman is 
now “Nasty Woman” and the Black Panther series is reimagined 
as “The Black Voter.”


I've read every book that Alice Hoffman has written. They always hold my interest and even though I hate fantasy in novels, she seems to make it relatable. THE RULES OF MAGIC is her latest and is a prequel to her bestseller PRACTICAL MAGIC.

The following review is from

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0)

Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the
sixties, when the whole world is about to change,
 Susanna Owens knows that her three children are
dangerously unique.

Difficult Franny, with skin as pale
as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read
other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent,
who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children:
 No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black,
no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children
visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town
where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that
has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City
each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try,
just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart.
The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered,
and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while
 Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

WHAT AM I READING? (September 2017)

 Celeste Ng is an American author whose first novel, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, was the 2014 winner of the Amazon Book of the Year Award and one of my all time favorites. Her newest book looks like it's another prize winner.. I just started it and am already hooked..Now if I only knew how to pronounce her name!!
Thank you for the review.

Scroll down to September Choices.....

Audiobook available, read by Jennifer Lim
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, 

everything is planned. And no one embodies this spirit more 
Elena Richardson. Enter Mia Warren, who arrives in this idyllic 
bubble with her teenage daughter and rents a house from 
the Richardsons. 

But Mia carries a mysterious past and a disregard for the status 
quo that threatens to upend this community. When family friends 
of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a 
custody battle erupts that divides the town --- and puts Mia and 
Elena on opposing sides.

 Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover
 the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected 
and devastating costs.
 Reviewed by Maya Gittelman.


Claire Messud is an outstanding author. I loved
and am anticipatingreading her latest book
Below find a review
from It says it all!

THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Morgan Hallett
Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school.

They have shared everything, including their desire to escape 
the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of 
Royston, Massachusetts.
 But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie 
sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter 
her oldest friendship. 
THE BURNING GIRL is a complex examination of the stories we tell 
ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles 
childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality. 

Reviewed by Bianca Ambrosio.


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This is a poignantly written descent into marital hell, 
spurred, in no small part, by the pressure of tribal 
mores–even amongst the educated class in Nigeria.
 If you ever thought that yours was the mother/in-law
 from hell,
 Think again.

Barbara S wrote these comments...yes I am going
 to read this! It could be about me!!!


Finally lots of new releases! Check out

The Golden House

The girl next door
Readers, I don’t have to tell you who
Salman Rushdie is. This autumn, he’s back with 
a new novel about a real estate mogul. 
Nero Golden comes to the United States with 
his family, and they quickly install themselves 
in a large home in a glamorous part of Manhattan.
There, they begin new lives. All the while, their 
neighbor, René, is watching them. What 
does René see when watching theGolden clan?

Beneath the veneer of 
glitz and money, René also glimpses 
something.  Rushdie’s latest 
doesn’t disappoint. 
On shelves: September 5

Sing, Unburied, Sing

On the road 
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s
Sing, Unburied, Sing is undoubtedly one of 
the most highly-anticipated books of the 
Mam, Pop, Jojo, Kayla, and Leonie are family.
Leonie is the mother of Jojo and Kayla, but 
the children live with their grandparents, Mam 
and Pop, as Leonie is struggling with 
They reside in rural Mississippi, where Mam 
is losing a battle with cancer. When Jojo and 
Kayla’s father is released from prison, Leonie decides to take the children and go to the Mississippi State Penitentiary to see him. 
Their journey will take readers deep into 
the inner workings of a family that they won’t soon forget. 
On shelves: September 5

Little Fires Everywhere

Won’t you be my neighbor
Settle into Shaker Heights, Ohio in this
new novel from Celeste Ng. Mia Warren and her daughter, Pearl, are just settling into their rental home in Shaker Heights, which they are leasing from Elena Richardson and her family. 
The families grow close, but they 
have real differences: Elena is highly 
motivated by order and boundaries, 
whereas Mia is more of a free, artistic soul. 
When conflict over an adoption forces the 
entire town to choose sides, Elena and Mia find themselves in vehement disagreement 
with one another. 
Soon, Elena decides to investigate Mia’s 
background, and she finds far more than she bargained for.
On shelves: September 12


Yes, I am a Sue Grafton fan. I've read every one of her books and can't wait for her latest. It's always a fast read, fun, great characters and un-putdownable. Give it a try....

Y IS FOR YESTERDAY by Sue Grafton (Mystery)

Y IS FOR YESTERDAY begins in 1979, when four teenage
 boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old
 classmate --- and film the attack. 

Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a 
fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows,
 one boy turns state’s evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. 
But the ringleader escapes without a trace. Now, it’s 1989 and one 
of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. 

Moody, unrepentant and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-
watchful parents --- until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a 
ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for 

Reviewed by Roz Shea.



I'm currently reading Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta, a quirky and hilarious new novel about sex, love and identity. It's penetrating and provocative with a mother/son story in the mix. I'm half way through and not sure if I really like it...but Tom Perrotta's uneven and mesmerizing prose holds my interest...Stay Tuned...

And according to The New York Times....

MRS. FLETCHER, by Tom Perrotta. (Scribner, $26.) Perrotta’s seventh novel — his first since 2011’s “The Leftovers” — succeeds in ways that will be pleasingly familiar to his admirers. The story of a divorced mother and her college-age son, both navigating the pursuit and pitfalls of sexual pleasure, it is the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will ever read.


Keep an eye out for this release by Pulitzer nominee, Jonathan Dee. earmarked this book as an August favorite.

Its focus is small town America after 9/11. Complex characters round out this community in the Berkshires on an economic skid. Add a combination of frustrations (sexual and otherwise), bewildered citizens, a vivid plot and you have a recipe for an excellent read.

THE LOCALS by Jonathan Dee (Fiction)
Audiobook available, read by George Newbern and Ray Porter

Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland, 
Massachusetts, who feels opportunity passing his family by. 

After being swindled by a financial advisor, what future can Mark 
promise his wife and their young daughter? 
He finds himself envying the wealthy 
weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter. 

Philip Hadi used to be one of these people. But in the nervous days 
after 9/11, he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home 
into a year-round “secure location” from which he can manage billions 
of dollars of other people’s money. The collision of these two men’s
 very different worlds --- rural vs. urban, middle class vs. wealthy --- 
is the engine of Jonathan Dee’s new novel. 
Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.


Discover some great books on  Bookpage is another 'go to' site that I check for the best new books.   Each issue highlights current releases, author interviews, book reviews and more. Tailored to the true book lover (Like me and you) Bookpage will enhance your TBR list.
Below find two books their editors recommended this August...

Reading with Patrick review
The life-changing magic of reading
When she learns that a favorite student has been charged with murder, Teach for America educator Michelle Kuo returns to the Arkansas Delta to offer study sessions on poetry and literature that prove transformative for both.

Home Fire review
A heart-rending tragedy of two families 
Kamila Shamsie's seventh work of fiction is a twist on Sophocles' classic Greek tragedy, Antigone. Set in present-day London, the story follows two British Muslim families as they wrestle with complex issues centered on faith, bigotry and loyalty.


 if you're not familiar with you're missing out! It's a great way to share books, keep track of books you've read, and is the world's  largest site for book recommendations.

The following two books caught my eye. Recipients of excellent reviews, they're on the top of my TBR list.

Home Fire by Kamila ShamsieHome Fire
In this modern-day take on the classic tragedy Antigone, two Pakistani Muslim families in London find their lives entangled in love, politics, and conflict.
Amirah says, “I tore through this, literally could not tear my eyes away from this brave, searing novel.”
Nominated for the Man Booker Prize

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneThe Heart's Invisible Furies
This sweeping novel by the author of The Boy in Striped Pajamasbegins in 1940s Ireland, when Cyril Avery is born to an unwed teen mother, and follows his journey of self-discovery.
Caroline says, “There’s little about this deeply moving and immersive story that isn’t perfect. Boyne realized an ambitious premise, and he did so with a thoughtful touch.”