Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

September 30, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): When small-town Carrie Meeber arrives in 1890s Chicago, she cannot know what awaits. Callow, beautiful, and alone, she experiences the bitterness of temptation and hardship even as she sets her sights on a better life. Drawn by the seductive desire to rise above her social class, Carrie aspires to the […]


Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben

September 25, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): In Darkest Fear, Myron Bolitar faces the most emotionally shattering case of his career. And it all begins when Myron’s ex-girlfriend tells him he is a father–of a dying thirteen-year-old boy…. Myron’s sports agency is struggling. Now more than ever Myron needs to keep his eye on the ball, sign […]


Silence by Thomas Perry

September 23, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do. With masterful plotting and […]


The Lost Books of the Odyssey: A Novel by Zachary Mason

September 21, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Zachary Mason’s brilliant and beguiling debut novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, reimagines Homer’s classic story of the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy. With brilliant prose, terrific imagination, and dazzling literary skill, Mason creates alternative episodes, fragments, and revisions of Homer’s original […]


NY Times Bestsellers 91811

September 18, 2011

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett KILL ME IF YOU CAN, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, by Darcie Chan BLIND FAITH, by CJ Lyons MILE 81, by Stephen King Combined […]


Boom! by Mark Haddon

September 14, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret […]


The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek

September 13, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Half-sisters Cassie and Peck could not be more different. Cassie is a newly divorced journalist with her feet firmly planted on the ground; Peck is a vintage-obsessed actress with her head in the clouds. In fact, the only thing they seem to have in common is their inheritance of Fool’s […]


Adam Bede by George Eliot

September 9, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Carpenter Adam Bede is in love with the beautiful Hetty Sorrel, but unknown to him, he has a rival, in the local squire’s son Arthur Donnithorne. Hetty is soon attracted by Arthur’s seductive charm and they begin to meet in secret. The relationship is to have tragic consequences that reach […]


Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

September 6, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is […]


The Language of Flowers

September 2, 2011

I often send flowers to friends and relatives to mark birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, and other special occasions. But despite my familiarity with sending flowers to usa cities practically once a month, I never really know what I’m saying with particular blooms. I’m hoping the novel The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh can help. […]