Books I Have Enjoyed

(Click on links below to read reviews I’ve written…)

2016:

Memoir/Non-fiction:

  • Proud Flesh. The Resurrection of Baby B. A Love Story. Cynthia Bowen
  • Confessions of a Misfit Pastor’s Wife. Barbara Smythe
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo. Wow!
  • My Kitchen Year. Ruth Reichl
  • Eliza Waite. Ashley E. Sweeney
  • Seeing Me. Jeanne Guy Gatherings & Dave Rackley Photography
  • Bird by Bird. Anne Lamott
  • The Road to Character. David Brooks
  • Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • An Incredible Talent for Existing. A Writer’s Story. Pamela Jane
  • Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair. Anne Lamott
  • On My Own. Diane Rehm

Mystery/Fiction:

  • I Shall Not Want. Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • The Woman in Cabin 10. Ruth Ware
  • The Wiregrass. Pam Webber.
  • LaRose. Louise Erdrich. Just wonderful.
  • Talent. B. Lynn Goodwin
  • Assault and Pepper. Leslie Budewicz
  • Miller Valley. Anna Quindlen
  • The Guest Room. Chris Bohjalian
  • Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion. Jon Katz
  • Tall Tail. Rita Mae Brown
  • Dance of the Bones. J.A. Jance
  • Missing, Presumed. Susie Steiner
  • A Time to Kill. John Grisham
  • Sycamore Row. John Grisham
  • Gray Mountain. John Grisham
  • War Creek. Susan Marsh
  • Still Life With Bread Crumbs. Anna Quindlen
  • The Last Mile. David Baldacci
  • Three Women at the Water’s Edge. Nancy Thayer
  • Rogue Lawyer. John Grisham
  • The Summons. John Grisham (re-read)
  • A Banquet of Consequences. Elizabeth George
  • The Crossing. Michael Connelly
  • The Nature of the Beast. Louise Penny
  • Ordinary Grace. William Kent Krueger
  • Truth Be Told. Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Murder at Peacock Mansion. Judy Alter
  • Hunting Shadows. Charles Todd.
  • An Unwilling Accomplice. Charles Todd. A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • H is For Hawk. Helen MacDonald.An exceptional book.
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web. David Lagercrantz

 

2015

  • Memoir/Non-fiction:
    • The Road Home, by Judy Sheer Watters
    • 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours, by Lisa Reisman
    • Nothing Like Normal, by Martha Graham-Waldon
    • Heartprints of Africa, by Cinda Adams Brooks
    • Practical Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation, by Mark Muesse, Ph.D. (The Great Courses and Professors.)
    • Composing a Life, by Mary Catherine Bateson
    • Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet, by Linda Watson. (This cookbook was published in 2011 in response to the political Food Stamp Challenge of 2007. Her recipes and tips are simply wonderful and delicious.)
    • Not My Father’s Son. A Memoir. Alan Cumming
    • Run, Brother, Run. A Memoir of a Murder in My Family. David Berg
    • Hand to Mouth. Living in Bootstrap America. Linda Tirado
    • The Wright Brothers. David McCullough
    • Prisons We Choose to Live Inside. Doris Lessing
    • Escape. Carolyn Jessop
    • Cooking My Way through Life with Kids and Books. Judy Alter
    • A Bushel’s Worth, an Ecobiography. Kayann Short
    • Walking in Grace with Grief. Meditations for Healing After Loss. Della Temple
    • Farewell, Aleppo. My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home. Claudette E. Sutton

  • Mystery/Fiction:
    •  The Fixer. Joseph Finder
    •  War Creek. Susan Marsh
    •  A Spool of Blue Thread. Anne Tyler
    • The Storied Life of A J Fikry.
    • Deadline. John Sanford
    • Camoflauge. Bill Pronzini
    • Tail Gait. Rita Mae Brown
    • Let it Burn, by Steve Hamilton
    • Die Again. Tess Gerritson
    • State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
    • Vertigo 42. Martha Grimes
    • Sinking Suspicions, by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
    • Plainsong. Kent Haruf
    • Black Country. Alex Grecian
    • Close to Home. Lisa Jackson
    • The Burning Room. Michael Connelly
    • Run. Ann Patchett
    • State of Wonder. Ann Patchett
    • Wayfaring Stranger. James Lee Burke
    • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Gabrielle Zevin
    • A Spool of Blue Thread. Anne Tyler
    • The Long Way Home. Louise Penny
    • The Girl on the Train. Paula Hawkins
    • The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies. Connie Spittler
    • The Dream Lover. Elizabeth Berg
    • Every Fifteen Minutes. Lisa Scottoline
    • Cat Trick. Sofie Kelly
    • JFK. Oliver Stone
    • The Bone Tree. Greg Isles

2014:

  • Memoir/Non-fiction:
    • Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, Janice Gary (finalist in SCN’s Sarton Award)
    • The Story of My Father, by Sue Miller
    • Congratulations, by the way, by George Saunders (About kindness; stunning)
    • Roots and Adventures: A Prairie Childhood, by Lorraine Lohr Cathro
    • Above Tree Line, by Mary P. Montanye
    • Bespotted: My family’s love affair with thirty eight Dalmatians, by Linda Gray Sexton
    • Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned From My Mother’s Recipe Box, by Nancy Spiller
    • Making Home, by haron Astyk. (Schoharie Valley, NY, very near where I lived for 23 years)
    • The Letter, by Jamuna Advani
    • Swimming with Maya, by Eleanor Vincent
    • Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide, by Madeline Sharples
    • Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War, by Ruth Crocker
    • Not the Mother I Remember, by Amber Lea Starfire (finalist in SCN’s Sarton Award)
    • Together, Alone, by Susan Albert (re-read of her beautiful memoir)
    • Feels Like Far, by Linda Hasselstrom
    • Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows, by Frances Simone Ph.D.
    • Perfectly Imperfect, by Lee Woodruff
    • Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
    • The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, by William Arnett and Alvia Wardlaw
    • A Wilder Rose, by Susan Albert
    • East, by Shelley Buck
    • Leaning into the Wind, by Linda Hasselstrom
    • On Fire for the Lord, by Bodie Parkhurst
    • The Road Home. Judy Watters
    • Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist. Debra Weingarten
    • Practical Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. Mark Muesse
    • Escape. Carolyn Jessop

  • Mystery/Fiction:
    • Care and Management of Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear
    • Death al Dente, by Leslie Budewitz. (Great first mystery)
    • The Wrong Girl, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
    • Danger Comes Home, by Judy Alter
    • The Perfect Coed, by Judy Alter
    • Missing You, by Harlen Coben
    • Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
    • Suspicion, by Joseph Finder
    • Windigo Island. William Kent Krueger
    • The Broker, by John Grisham
    • Crazy, Virginia, by Shannon Hill (Lil and Boris #1)
    • Keep Quiet, by Lisa Scottolini
    • The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
    • The Litter of the Law, by Rita Mae Brown
    • The Murderer’s Daughters, by Randy Susan Meyers
    • Death Come Quickly, by Susan Albert
    • Still Life, by Louise Penny (a re-read of her 1st novel)
    • We Are Water, by Wally Lamb
    • The Tattered Quilt, by Wanda Brunstetter (An Amish cozy)
    • The Keeper, by John Lescroart
    • After I’m Gone, by Laura Lippman
    • The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly
    • The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
    • Declan’s Cross, by Carla Neggers
    • Killer Ambition, by Marcia Clark
    • Dust, by Kay Scarpetta
    • W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton
    • Heron’s Cove, by Carla Neggers
    • Angels Flight, by Michael Connelly
    • Bones of the Lost, by Kathy Reichs
    • Faithful Place, by Tana French
    • Broken Harbor, by Tana French
    • Zero Day, by David Baldacci
    • The Silent Wife, by A.S.A. Harrison
    • The Fire Witness, by lars kepler
    • No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
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