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California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu

California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu I heard this author speak at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago along with Guy Delisle and Jérémie Royer on a panel about graphic memoirs. Bagieu’s infectious enthusiasm for her subject, her creative process, and inspiration were compelling. She captures the essence and spirit of Cass Elliott and her life before the Mamas ... Read More »

Mad: A Novel by Chloe Esposito

  Mad: a Novel by Chloe Esposito A female Mr. Ripley, Esposito has created a truly despicable and outrageous character, yet she tells a story so compelling I couldn’t stop reading. I was very squeamish in parts and, when it came to the end, well, just know this is book one in a trilogy. I’m so disturbed I don’t know ... Read More »

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: the Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel An entertaining and sympathetic account of the famous Hollywood movie star’s life, career, and the sex scandal the author uncovered in old newspapers used as insulation in his house. A combination of the author’s own personal story, comic drawings, and commentary, this is a fascinating portrait of a ... Read More »

I’d Die for You: And Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’d Die for You: And Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald Short story and F. Scott Fitzgerald aficionados will rejoice with this newly published collection by one of the twentieth century’s renowned authors. With these “lost” stories, another side of Fitzgerald emerges, unlike the madcap and glittering 1920s flapper stories of the Jazz Age he is known for. Inspired by events ... Read More »

Sing Street

Sing Street 1980s Dublin through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Conor, who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool Raphina. With the ... Read More »

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs I just love this series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Theodosia Browning owns the charming Indigo Tea Shop and, along with her lovable tea sommelier, Drayton, and young and sassy chef, Haley, always seems to be where murder takes place. The tea party descriptions are delicious and it’s fun to watch the camaraderie between Theo and ... Read More »

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky

  Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky Rum, cigars, bright classic cars, Castro, Varadero beach, Celia Cruz…these are just a few of the iconic images Americans have of the capital of Cuba. A mere 90 miles from the United States, recent political changes have opened our neighbor to the south for exciting exploration and education. In this brief, informative, and ... Read More »

The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman

The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman Is Riven House haunted? Or is something more sinister going on? Clare returns to her hometown as caretaker for Riven House with her writer husband in hopes that they can save their marriage and write more. But the past intrudes creating inspiration, conflict, and the unpleasant unfolding of family history. At times a bit ... Read More »