A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

June 28, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O’Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show […]


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

June 22, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia […]


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

June 20, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): ONE BOY, ONE BOAT, ONE TIGER… After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a […]


A Dog Called Perth by Peter Martin

June 16, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): From the instant they spotted the forlorn puppy in the kennel, Cindy and Peter Martin knew she was the one for them. Refusing to remain a mere pet, Perth becomes an adored member of the household, and embodies the young couple’s dreams. The Martins swear to always let Perth run free, […]


NYT Bestsellers 061113

June 11, 2013

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: INFERNO, by Dan Brown AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini THE HIT, by David Baldacci DEEPLY ODD, by Dean Koontz THE FOREVER OF ELLA AND MICHA, by Jessica Sorensen Combined Print & E=Book […]


Light From a Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris

June 9, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Light from a Distant Star is a gripping coming-of-age story with a brutal murder at its heart and a heroine as unforgettable as Harper Lee’s “Scout.” It is early summer and Nellie Peck is on the cusp of adolescence – gangly, awkward, full of questions, but keenly observant and wiser […]


Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout

June 6, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Barstow dropped dead on the golf course – heart attack, said his doctor . . . his family . . . and the police. But Nero Wolfe looked at a cutup newspaper and some steamship tags . . . and called it murder – a unique and incredibly complex murder! […]


Mr. Monk is a Mess and Mr. Monk Gets Even

June 4, 2013

Even though I’m a big fan of the Monk television series, the books didn’t do much for me. Reading about these characters just doesn’t even come close to seeing them on screen, and I didn’t care for the novelist’s take on Natalie. At first it was cool to have the character fleshed out a bit […]


The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion

June 2, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Four women bound by chance take the trip of a lifetime in Karen McQuestion’s fifth novel The Long Way Home. For Wisconsinites Marnie, Laverne and Rita, life isn’t working out so well. Each is biding time, waiting for something better, something to transport them out of what their lives have […]