Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm

December 31, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Silver Bay, Oregon, a small coastal resort town with nearly a thousand residents, is home to three generations of women: Marnie, the long-widowed owner of a small gift shop; Van, her granddaughter who is about to graduate medical school; and Stef, mercurial, difficult, and a brilliant artist who refuses to […]


Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

December 27, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg […]


The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

December 23, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies’ club but have never spoken, become […]


Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler

December 16, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): In her book Self-Inflicted Wounds, comedian, actress, and cohost of CBS’s daytime hit show The Talk, Aisha Tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way. The essays in Self-Inflicted Wounds are refreshingly and […]


Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — And My Own by Mika Brzezinski

December 11, 2013

Summary (from the publisher): Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. On Morning Joe, she is often so adamant about improving America’s eating habits that some people have dubbed her “the food Nazi.” What they don’t know is that Mika wages a personal fight against unhealthy eating habits every day, and in this book she […]


Sycamore Row by John Grisham

December 8, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): John Grisham’s A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial-a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to […]


Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

December 5, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that […]


NY Times Bestsellers 120313

December 3, 2013

Here are the current New York Times bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: TAKEDOWN TWENTY, by Janet Evanovich KING AND MAXWELL, by David Baldacci SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham 11/22/63, by Stephen King THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: THINGS THAT MATTER, by […]