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The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson “With her freshly painted sunny yellow bedroom in 1962 Denver, Kitty Miller leads a content if solitary life. Running a bookshop with her best friend, Frieda, is a welcome break from teaching school. Everything about Kitty’s life seems benignly commonplace until she begins waking up in another bedroom, in another life: a life in which ... Read More »

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

Precious One

The Precious One, Marisa de los Santos Both an “Indie Next” and a “Library Reads”pick: Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family and started another one 17 years ago. An unexpected invitation to write his biography returns her to her hometown, and gives her a rare chance to knit together a broken web of relationships. Like all de ... Read More »



Serena by Ron Rash Soon to be released as a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  But the book is better! Also not to be missed is Rash’s latest, Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories , a selection of stories set in Appalachia. A sweeping saga of unfathomable greed and revenge that grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. The Depression-era ... Read More »

World Gone By


World Gone By by Dennis Lehane The stunning conclusion of Lehane’s trilogy of Irish-American gangster Joe Coughlin (The Given Day, 2008, Live by Night , 2012).   Read More »

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good : a Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family


Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good : a Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn Flinn affectionately recalls her family and growing up in the counties surrounding Flint, Michigan, in the days before America’s mighty auto industry collapsed. Typical of midwesterners in the middle of the twentieth century, the Flinns frequently motored around Michigan, ... Read More »

Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania


Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson The enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.  Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts and The Devil in the White City, is a master of narrative nonfiction. FYI, Larson will be appearing in Grosse Pointe for ... Read More »

Founders’ son : a life of Abraham Lincoln / Richard Brookhiser.


Argues that the sixteenth president of the United States was inspired by the Founding Fathers of the nation and struggled to carry on their work throughout his career. 1809-1830: youth — George Washington and liberty — 1830-1840: manhood — Thomas Paine, laughter, and reason — 1840-1852: maturity — Henry Clay and the Fourth of July — 1854: the repeal of ... Read More »

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

 Funny Girl by Nick Hornby “From the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel. Set in 1960′s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of ... Read More »

The Definitive Biography : Billy Joel

billy joel

        The Definitive Biography: Billy Joel by Fred Schruers New York: Crown Publishing 2014. 387 pages. Reviewed by John A. Clexton. Fred Schruers, a well established writer for giant publication Rolling Stone Magazine who has covered many other high profile musicians over the years, has yet again chronicled another musician of our time, Billy Joel. Otherwise known ... Read More »