A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

March 31, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): A charming tale of the battle between bourgeois repression and radical romanticism, E. M. Forster’s third novel has long been the most popular of his early works. A young girl, Lucy Honeychurch, and her chaperon—products of proper Edwardian England—visit a tempestuous, passionate Italy. Their “room with a view” allows them […]


Defensive Wounds by Lisa Black

March 29, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): In this fourth novel in Lisa Black’s captivating suspense series, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead. When Marie Corrigan, a Cleveland defense attorney with a history of falsifying evidence, is found dead at the Ritz-Carlton, most would […]


About a Boy by Nick Hornby

March 27, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women—-women who would not ordinarily look twice at Will—-might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something. Single mothers—bright, attractive, available […]


NY Times Bestsellers 032613

March 26, 2013

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a few of the more popular categories. Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: ALEX CROSS, RUN, by James Patterson WAIT FOR YOU, by J. Lynn THE STORYTELLER, by Jodi Picoult GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: LEAN IN, […]


Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

March 23, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and […]


Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

March 20, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): The incredible true story of the author’s remarkable transformation, at the age of 40, from out-of-shape average Joe into one of the world’s best endurance athletes On the eve of his 40th birthday, Rich Roll was in bad shape. His days were filled with work, stress, and junk food, and his […]


after the quake by Haruki Murakami

March 16, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human […]


The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

March 12, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother […]


Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale

March 8, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): “I think people marry far too much; it is such a lottery, and for a poor woman—bodily and morally the husband’s slave—a very doubtful happiness.” —Queen Victoria to her recently married daughter Vicky Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Her first […]


Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: A Novel by Susan Elia MacNeal

March 5, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds […]