Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Author: Katherine Center
Publication: St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, 2019
Setting: Present-day MassachusettsDescription: Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter who has fought for and earned the respect of her peers. Yet she has never forgotten the worst day of her life: her 16th birthday when her mother, Diana, walked out on the family.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Author: Emily Kimbrough
Illustrator: Alice Harvey
Publication: Harper & Brothers, hardcover, 1950
Setting: Pre-WWI ChicagoDescription: When Emily was 11 and her brother 4, their family moved from Muncie, Indiana to Chicago.
Friday, June 25, 2021
Author: Constance Savery
Publication: Bethlehem Books, paperback, 2001 (originally published in 1943)
Genre: Juvenile Historical Fiction
Setting: World War II BritainDescription: When Flying Officer Dym Ingleford uses part of his leave for a flying visit to his brother in the Navy, he has a premonition that he is needed there – and he is right.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (2020). I have been reading her books since the early 90s when I was given a copy of Picture Perfect at work.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Author: Carole Bolton
Publication: Atheneum, hardcover, 1971
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Setting: 1917 New York and Washington, DCDescription: At 17, Maddy Franklin has had a privileged upbringing in New York City, with a lawyer father and a mother who never questions the man of the house. But as the country prepares for war, Maddie reads in the newspaper that suffragists are picketing the White House for the right to vote.
Friday, June 18, 2021
I stopped at my childhood library the other night to pick up a reserve, and as I was leaving I saw a room full of discarded books and a sign that said “$1/per book, $5/per bag.” Reader, I had to poke my head in, although I only had a few minutes to spare.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Author: Brandy Colbert
Cover Art: Jenny Kimura
Publication: Little, Brown & Company, paperback, 2021 (originally published in 2020)
Genre: Middle-grade fiction
Setting: Southern CaliforniaDescription: Seventh-grader Alberta has been the only black girl in her grade and town, so she is delighted to have new black neighbors when Edie, also 12, and her mother buy the B&B across the street.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Author: Lauren Willig
Publication: William Morrow, hardcover, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: World War I FranceDescription: Based on actual events, this is a novel about a group of Smith College alumnae who traveled to France during the First World War to assist small French villages that had suffered from German destruction.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Author: Martin Salisbury
Publication: Thames & Hudson, hardcover, 2017
Genre: Nonfiction/Books about Books/ArtDescription: This book describes the history of the dust jacket, beginning in the 1920s, as an illustrated art form that is decorative and promotional, rather than merely providing protection.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Author: Stacey Abrams
Publication: Doubleday, hardcover, 2021
Setting: Present-day Washington, DCDescription: Unpredictable and irascible Justice Howard Wynn is the swing vote on the United States Supreme Court and the President is determined to replace him with someone who will support his right-wing agenda.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Cadell
Publication: William Morrow, hardcover, 1982
Setting: 1913-1929, India and EnglandDescription: Annerley Brooke (whose name is really Rosalind Anna Lee, after her deceased mother) has been brought up frugally in India with her maternal grandmother, and father, who coaches the sons of affluent Indian families before they are sent to away boarding school.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
Author: Nicholas Stuart Gray
Illustrator: Charles Keeping
Publication: Meredith Press, hardcover, 1969 (originally published 1965)
Genre: Juvenile fantasy
Setting: Great Britain, 20th centuryDescription: It was an odd-looking apple – dull yellow and crinkled all over with age – but it had a nice smell. And, as they soon learned, that’s not all it had.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Author: Rex Stout
Publication: Bantam paperback, 1992 (originally published in 1934)
Genre: Mystery series
Setting: Mid-20th century New YorkDescription: This is the first book in the Nero Wolfe series, about an omniscient and somewhat reclusive detective who operates from a brownstone on West 35th Street in New York.