Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

April 29, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day’s most devastating moments. Now, 18 […]


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

April 25, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the […]


Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

April 22, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. […]


Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

April 18, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts […]


NY Times Bestsellers 41413

April 14, 2013

Here are the current NY Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: WALKING DISASTER, by Jamie McGuire FEVER, by Maya Banks STARTING NOW, by Debbie Macomber SIX YEARS, by Harlan Coben THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with […]


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

April 12, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle of the largest generation in American history—the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American […]


Summer by Edith Wharton

April 10, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Summer, Edith Wharton wrote to Gaillard Lapsley, “is known to its author and her familars as the Hot Ethan.” One of the first American novels to deal frankly with a young woman’s sexual awakening, it was a publishing sensation when it appeared in 1917, praised by Joseph Conrad, Howard Sturgis, […]


Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

April 8, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver has been invited to Woodleigh Common, where a Hallowe’en party is underway for a group of local adolescents. One of the guests is a young girl known for telling tall tales of murder and intrigue. When the girl is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub, Ariadne […]


Elaine’s Circle: A Teacher, A Student, A Classroom and One Unforgettable Year

April 3, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Elaine Moore, a veteran teacher in Eagle River, Alaska, is a firm believer that the classroom is, first and foremost, a community—and that learning is best when shared in a circle of peers. When one of her students, ten-year-old Seamus Farrell, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Elaine, her students, and […]