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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney   Lillian Boxfish is the highest paid woman working in advertising during the 1930’s.  She works for R.H. Macy’s in New York City and is also a successful poet and writer.   She is fiercely independent and while she enjoys dating,...

All the Little Liars: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris The Aurora Teagarden mysteries are one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  They are a fun, relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening (or several).  The main character, Aurora Teagarden, is a librarian who lives in a...

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick This charming, debut novel by Phaedra Patrick is perfect if you are looking for a quick and uplifting read. The protagonist of the novel, Arthur Pepper, is a recent widower who lives his life according to specific schedules...

The Little Paris Bookshop By: Nina George If you enjoy books about books, you will love Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop. Monsieur Perdu, the main character in the novel, is a bookseller whose literary apothecary is located on a barge on the Seine in Paris. He lives...

The Fortune Hunter By: Daisy Goodwin If you enjoy historical fiction with colorful characters, romantic relationships without all the intimate details, and an exciting plot that keeps you reading; you will love Daisy Goodwin’s The Fortune Hunter. The novel is based on historical facts and mainly concerns...

The Hurricane Sisters By: Dorothea Benton Frank When you look below the surface, most families have a web of history and relationships that affect the way they interact with each other.  This is the case for the Waters family including matriarch, Maisie Pringle.   The Hurricane Sisters is...

A Visit From the Goon Squad By: Jennifer Egan Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel (2011), A Visit from the Goon Squad, is a short, perfectly designed novel with a lot to say.  The theme of the novel is best described by Scotty, a down on his luck...

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry By: Gabrielle Zevin Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a quirky little novel with a big heart.  Of course, it is also a book for booklovers.  At the novel’s center is eccentric bookseller A.J. Fikry and his store, Island...

A Brave Vessel By: Hobson Woodward In a well-researched, but always engaging narrative, Hobson Woodward explores the connection between William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the voyage of the Sea Venture, a ship sent to supply the floundering colony at Jamestown, Virginia in 1609. If you’re not a Shakespeare...

Purity By: Jonathan Franzen Reading Purity is a very personal, time-consuming investment; however, the payoff is extraordinary.  Good (possibly great), well-crafted novels just don’t come along that often.  My biggest problem with finishing it is wondering what I will read next that won’t pale in comparison.  The...