Reviews Alphabetically by Author

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

Mycroft Holmes

4 stars

Sherlock Holmes' older brother and his best friend face danger when they travel to Trinidad to solve a mystery.

Addario, Lynsey

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

3.5 stars

An unflinching look at a photojournalist's life as she tries to navigate career and personal life.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Purple Hibiscus

4 stars

A young woman in Nigeria becomes an activist to try to save her village from a US oil company and their destruction of her tribe's land.

Adiele, Faith

Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun

4 stars

The personal journey of a black woman who grows up in small town Washington and ends up becoming an ordained Buddhist nun.

Albanese, Laurie Lico

Stolen Beauty

4 stars

Historical fiction told in two timelines; Gustav Klimt and his muse at turn of the century and a woman and her family at the beginning of WWII.

Alexie, Sherman

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (The)

4.5 stars

A book to read in a day that explores some serious themes in a sometimes lighthearted way.

Anderson, James

Never-Open Desert Diner (The)

4 stars

A quiet book about a long distance trucker delivering to remote people along a highway in Utah; he meets a mysterious woman and his life changes.

Aveyard, Victoria

Red Queen #1

3.5 stars

YA fantasy standard story of enslaved race rebelling against ruling class - a young girl love triangle, politics, special powers, and more.

Backman, Fredrik


5 stars

A small town that revolves around hockey deals with an accusation against their star player. (mini review)

Baldacci, David

One Good Deed

3 stars

A parolee takes on what seems to be a simple debt collection job and finds himself a suspect for murder. (mini review)

Barclay, Linwood

Stone Rain

4 stars

A reporter gets caught up in a mystery when a good friend goes missing and he actually becomes a suspect. (mini review)

Barclay, Linwood

Elevator Pitch

4.5 stars

A thriller where the elevators of New York are being sabotaged. (mini review)

Bardugo, Leigh

Ninth House

5 stars

Magic and ghosts, a plucky teen heroine, and murder on the Yale campus.

Barker, J.D.

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

4 stars

Astonishing, creative story of a boy who meets a girl and follows their unique 'relationship' through the years.

Barry, Dave

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

4 stars

A funny collection of listener comments about the "worst" songs.

Barry, Dave

Lessons From Lucy

4.5 stars

As humorist Dave Barry turns 70, he turns to his dog Lucy for an example of how to live a happy life - he talks about his dog's influence on him and the changes he's made in his life as a result of her gentle guidance.

Barton, Fiona

Widow (The)

3 stars

Set in the UK, a man is accused of abducting and killing a little girl. Does his wife know what really happened?

Bauerschmidt, Tim

Driving Miss Norma

3.5 stars

A 90 year old woman diagnosed with cancer takes an epic road trip instead of treatment. (mini review)

Beagle, Peter S.

Last Unicorn (The)

4.5 stars

Told in a fairy tale style, this lyrical and haunting fantasy is about a unicorn leaving her magical world and searching the 'real' world for more of her kind.

Beanland, Rachel

Florence Adler Swims Forever

3.5 stars

A hurtful tragedy, family secrets, a little romance, and friendship make this book a good read.

Bleeker, Emily

What It Seems

3.5 stars

A young woman escapes an abusive situation and tries to find herself while working with a YouTube family.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure

A Time of Miracles

3.5 stars

Upper middle grade story of a boy and his mom trying to leave war-torn Russia for a safer life with all the trials and tribulations of a perilous journey.

Box, C.J.

Blue Heaven

4 stars

Bad cops, a rancher with a good heart, the wilds of Idaho, and two kids on the run. (mini review)

Box, C.J.

Open Season #1

4 stars

Award winning first book with a game warden who discovers and solves a murder. (mini review)

Boyne, John

A Ladder to the Sky

2 stars

The story of an aspiring writer who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. (mini review)

Burton, Jeffrey B.

Finders (The)

4 stars

A man who trains cadaver dogs and his newest trainee dog become embroiled in a murder. (mini review)

Butcher, Jim

Storm Front #1

4 stars

The first of a long running series of magic creatures and a wizard detective that is funny and smart. (mini review)

Buxbaum, Julie

Tell Me Three Things

3 stars

A YA story about a young girl's family changes & a move to CA where she doesn't fit in, until she makes a friend. (mini review)

Cameron, Bill

Lost Dog

4 stars

A quickly paced novel about an 'average Joe' gets caught up in a murder investigation. (mini review)

Cameron, W. Bruce

Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog (The)

4 stars

Historical fiction set in time of early tribal man and how one man befriends a wolf and it changes things forever.

Card, Orson Scott

Ender's Game

5 stars

A sci-fi story about a little boy who is sent to pilot school, then command school, training to run the fleet when the alien invasion occurs.

Center, Katherine

Things You Save In a Fire

3.5 stars

A female firefighter has to move to Boston to care for her ailing mom, learn to fit into a new station house, fight and attraction to a rookie, and come to terms with her past.

Chamberlain, Diane

Pretending to Dance

3 stars

As a couple is trying to adopt, a woman struggles with her past and her own adoptive mom. (mini review)

Charleyboy, Lisa


4.5 stars

A profound book about the Indigenous Woman experience by Native American women.

Choo, Yangsze

Night Tiger (The)

4 stars

Set in 1930s Malaysia, an orphan boy, a struggling young woman who works at a dance hall, a couple of white doctors find their lives intertwining with a touch of magical realism.

Clarke, Lucy

Blue (The)

3 stars

Adventure and danger find two young women who sign on to help crew a yacht. (mini review)

Coates, Ta-Nehisis

Water Dancer (The)

4.5 stars

A powerful story told in the first person about slavery and the underground railroad and strong family ties, all with a splash of magic.

Cohen, Jon

Harry's Trees

5 stars

After his wife dies a man finds his way back to the world with the help of the woods, a little girl, and her treehouse.

Colgan, Jenny

Bookshop on the Corner (The)

4 stars

A book about the love of books and the desire to match everyone with their perfect book is the basis for this charming story. This is the story of how a librarian becomes a literary book matchmaker.

Collins, Bridget

Binding (The)

4 stars

Part historical fiction, part magical realism, this book has an unusual binders exist to capture your worst memories into a book. And then you no longer have them. Is that a good thing?

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