Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard

March 31, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): A recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private school founded by her grandfather where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott’s involvement in a hazing scandal cause a ripple effect, throwing the entire […]


The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

March 29, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Set in a small British colonial outpost in Sierra Leone during World War II, The Heart of the Matter occupies and comments on the ambitious subjects of war, espionage, love, adultery, treachery, and betrayal. But at its core—at the heart of The Heart of the Matter —it is a novel […]


Letters to a Teacher by Sam Pickering

March 27, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Letters to a Teacher is a welcome reminder that teaching is a joy and an art. In ten graceful yet conversational letters addressed to teachers of all types, Sam Pickering shares compelling, funny, always elucidating anecdotes from a lifetime in the classrooms of schools and universities. His priceless, homespun observations touch […]


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

March 24, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one […]


Judge & Jury by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

March 20, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher):From #1 bestselling author James Patterson comes the ultimate legal thriller where the judge and jury are terrified. The verdict: run for your life. Failing to escape jury duty, aspiring actress Andie DeGrasse ends up as Juror #11 in a landmark case. In this new Trial of the Century, a Mafia […]


Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman

March 17, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed “Sweetness” during his college football days, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts […]


Katherine by Anya Seton

March 14, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights […]


Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

March 10, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In this classic portrait of life in a quiet English village of the early nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gaskell writes with wit and affection of the foibles, follies and endearing eccentricities of its occupants as they struggle to maintain standards in their genteel poverty. This witty and poignant comedy, with its […]


The Republic by Plato

March 6, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Ostensibly a discussion of the nature of justice, The Republic presents Plato’s vision of the ideal state, covering a wide range of topics: social, educational, psychological, moral, and philosophical. It also includes some of Plato’s most important writing on the nature of reality and the theory of the “forms.” Reaction: The […]


Step On a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

March 3, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): With the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, the nation falls into mourning as the world’s most powerful people gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped by one man’s brilliant and ruthless scenario. Pulled […]