Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman

February 26, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Faced with mounting debt, Recently widowed Meg Rosenthal takes a low-paying teaching job at a private boarding school in Arcadia Falls (in upstate New York). This seemed like the perfect position for her because her 16-year-old daughter Sally would be able to attend this special school for artistically inclined students free […]


Romancing Miss Brontë by Juliet Gael

February 25, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Before rising to literary fame, Charlotte Brontë lived the life of a poor curate’s daughter in the English countryside. She had seen some of the world thanks to a few years spent studying abroad in Belgium, but she returned to Haworth after a failed love affair with one of her professors. […]


The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson

February 24, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Reggie Heath is a London solicitor who rents office space at 221 Baker Street. This address, of course, is the one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used as the home base of the most famous literary detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Because of this, part of Reggie’s lease clearly states that […]


Understanding Acne

February 22, 2011

My nephew is in sixth grade now and is already starting to get some pimples. I know it bothers him (even though he would never admit it) because I see him looking at his zits in the mirror all the time. He probably doesn’t want me to butt in, so I’m not going to say […]


Private by James Patterson

February 19, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): The police can’t help you Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily–and […]


The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

February 18, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): This is an epistolary novel consisting mostly of letters written from Werther to his friend Wilhelm (we never see Wilhelm’s replies). The letters detail how Werther falls head over heels in love with the already betrothed Lotte. They meet on the way to a dance, and despite having been warned that […]


Cruel Doubt by Joe McGinniss

February 16, 2011

Summary: In this book, true crime writer Joe McGinniss gives readers an in-depth look at the Lieth Von Stein murder, which took place in 1988. Von Stein was brutally beaten and stabbed to death in his North Carolina home on July 25 of that year. Wife Bonnie suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack, but managed […]


Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

February 12, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Well, it’s impossible to sum up a book of this length in any reasonable amount of space, so let me just give the barest outline possible. The book is mostly about a man named Jean Valjean, former convict who spent 19 years in the galleys for stealing a loaf of bread […]


Rescue by Anita Shreve

February 11, 2011

Plot summary (with spoilers): Rescue tells the story of Pete Webster, an up-and-coming EMT in rural Vermont. Life changes for 21-year-old Pete when he’s called out to the scene of a one-car accident. The injured party is a young woman named Sheila Arsenault, who had been driving drunk, without auto insurance or any kind of […]


The Camel Club by David Baldacci

February 10, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the “truth” behind their country’s actions. One man leads this aging, ragtag crew. He has no known past and has […]