It just occurred to me this weekend that I haven’t recommended These Is My Words on the site, yet, and that needs to be remedied, right away. I have to be honest: though I grew up reading the Little House books, and I do have a strange idealistic dream that I might live in a farmhouse someday (but maybe not have to ...
Sometimes my Backlist posts can be difficult to write, either because I didn’t keep very good notes on books before I was blogging, or because it takes a long time for inspiration to strike as I’m looking through my list of older reads. Looking at my list from 2011 today, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t yet recommended The Kitchen House. If you like ...
Soooo, I dare you not to love this book. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of Charlie Wong, a Chinese-American young woman who feels like she’s stuck in her own life. Her father is a noodle maker at the local noodle restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Charlie works there too, badly, as a dishwasher. She hates her job, but she’s ...
I’m not sure why I went into this book thinking I’d be reading a light summer-y “chick lit” type story. (Is it the cover? It’s not like I don’t have a synopsis available! Haha!) Instead,The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a dense, 512-page historical saga that spans the 1910s to the 1980s, taking in everything from Ellis ...
Stephanie Nielson led what some might call a charmed life. She had a happy marriage, a few little ones around the house, and lots of little things that filled her days with joy. And then she got on a plane. In August, 2008, Stephanie and her husband, Christian, were in a terrible plane crash that nearly killed Stephanie, and left her with burns over ...
My love affair with Lisa See’s writing started several years ago, when I picked up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I went on to pick up almost everything she’s ever written (thank you, library), and can say with authority that she’s one of my favorite authors. I love See’s writing, and her characters are always lively and fully-fledged. The same ...
If you haven’t heard of The Hiding Place, please let me be the first to insist that you read it. Immediately. The Hiding Place had been recommended to me for years, but like a lot of people might, I thought, ‘Yeahhh, I’m not sure I’m so excited about reading a non-fiction book written by a WWII concentration camp survivor. That sounds ...
  I know what you’re thinking. Campy wax museums–right? Boardwalks full of tourist attractions and cheesy photographs and wax representations of Brangelina and Elvis. That’s Madame Tussaud. WRONG! Madame Tussaud shocked the pants off me, which makes it a perfect example of why I love good historical fiction. I had absolutely no idea that a) she was an actual, historical figure, and b) she was a ...
Catching Air is a nice little vacation escape of a read. Kira and her husband Peter set off from their high-stress jobs in Florida to try their hands at running a bed & breakfast with Peter’s brother, Rand, and his wife, Alyssa. None of them has done anything quite like it before, but they each bring their separate talents–and baggage–to ...
I will freely admit that beginning to read All the Light We Cannot See made me nervous. It’s been a really long time since I last went on a first date, but that’s exactly what picking up this book felt like: all that excitement and hope, but that familiar nervousness at the back of my mind that it might not go ...