May Books

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Take one hot professor who happens to be centuries-old vampire, one cute witch, and one ancient magical manuscript. Add a horde of daemons, stir well, and what do you have? Not much.

Abused Men, the Hidden Side of Domestic Violence
(Second edition 2009) by Philip W. Cook
It may come as a surprise that almost 40% of domestic violence victims each year are men. Few resources and little support have been given to this issue, however over the past ten years this has begun to change. Philip Cook’s book(s) Abused Men, the Hidden Side of Domestic Violence published in 1997, and second edition published in 2009, along with the television movie Men Don’t Tell have been instrumental in this effort.

Once Upon A Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg
John and Irene Marsh have been divorced for many years yet mange to remain adoring parents to Sadie, who is about to start college. Sadie is kidnapped and they are forced to bond to help each other through the trauma. I’m not sure what it was about this book but it felt so trite and rushed. Almost like a first draft. Elizabeth did you send the wrong version to the publisher??

April In Paris With The Hemingway's

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Set mostly in Paris during the 1920’s, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley are the golden couple in the famous group – the “Lost Generation” that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Hemingway’s career starts to blossom during these years, and as interesting as that piece of the story is – Hadley’s tale is what makes this historical fiction book really shine. ♥♥♥♥

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
Bruno Littlemore was born in a zoo. He lives there until university primatologist Lydia Littlemore determines he is one remarkable chimp. She eventually takes him home to oversee his education. Ultimately she loses her job, and thus starts a most unforgettable journey. Parts of this book were incredible but most of it was just plain weird.

Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
Father a famous writer. Parents divorce. Mom gets short end of the stick. Kids grow up deprived. Fights, drugs, and not able to stay in college, the son becomes a writer. This is the soil that grew the author of House of Sand and Fog.

March Madness. Mad There Weren't Any Good Books

10 Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart
by Daphne Rose Kingma
I met Daphne Rose Kingma on a flight from NYC. She had just appeared on a very famous person’s talk show, and I was heading back to Ketchum, Idaho. Since then I’ve read all her books. Her new release sounded like the perfect salve for my open wound. Unfortunately my life had exploded, not simply fallen apart.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
Oh Boy a new David Sedaris book!!!! I was wetting my pants in anticipation, but his animal-themed short stories are dog’s. Not funny and not interesting.

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards
Edward’s new book is about strong women and how the most ordinary women can help change history. Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Her research to solve the mystery will uncover a few family secrets. Not as good as The Memory Keepers Daughter, also by Edwards.