Life, Incorporated by Halley Bock
Apr05

Life, Incorporated by Halley Bock

Life, Incorporated “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu My book recommendation is a little different than what you normally see here but I think everyone can gain some valuable insight from what author Halley Bock has to say in her recently published book, Life, Incorporated. Halley (pronounced like my own name, rhymes with Sally) had been a high-level executive for the majority of...

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The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
Nov23

The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah

The A to Z of You and Me I use my local library quite often and I found this novel in the New Release section, hoping to find a book I could recommend here on Great New Books. Confession: I chose this book mainly because of the cover and intriguing title. The description was a bit vague and there wasn’t much to go off of but it was published within the past year and I went with it. However, I wonder now if this book perhaps chose me....

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
Aug24

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal First and foremost, I apologize for the length of this recommendation but in order to do it justice, it was a must. Thank you in advance for your endurance. I’m a big fan of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, Life of Pi, and have been very curious as to what this new novel would be about. When I saw it in one of my favorite indie stores, The Raven, I knew I had to pick up. This story is comprised of three...

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The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Jul06

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury This suspense novel starts out with University of Minnesota college student Joe Talbert seeking an elderly person to interview for a biography assignment in his English class. He heads to a local nursing home and after a little back and forth about what his intentions are, the receptionist suggests Carl Iverson, a recent parolee from the Department of Corrections. Mr. Iverson was paroled because he’s dying of cancer...

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Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Mar30

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Starla Claudelle is a nine-year-old spitfire who lives with her paternal grandmother in Cayuga Springs, Mississippi while her father works off the coast on an oil rig and her mother is off in Nashville trying to launch a singing career. It’s right before the big fourth of July celebration and Starla manages to get herself grounded for all of the festivities by punching the town bully in the nose. During the parade, she sneaks off for...

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Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
Nov25

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

The cover alone makes you want dive right in, doesn’t it? Along the Infinite Sea shifts between pre­-World War II Europe and 1960’s America, following the stories of two women, Annabelle Dommerich and Pepper Schuyler. Both women are forces to be reckoned, way ahead of their time, but as the story unfolds, past secrets and sacrifices reveal how these two women’s lives are connected. Young Annabelle is an opinionated youth recently out...

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Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters
Aug26

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters This is a story of two women, born in different eras, linked family history as well as their parallel struggles. The present day story is about Roberta, who is thirty-four years old and lives a solitary life, whiling away her time working at The Old and New Bookshop. Her father comes to the bookstore one day to donate some old books that once belonged to Roberta’s grandmother. As...

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Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Jun17

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

I’ve always wanted to go to wine country but have yet to plan the trip or save enough dollars to go. However, I did find another way to experience it! Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave, released June 2, gave me a little taste of Sonoma, California with this vibrant yet well-balanced story. Georgia Ford, the youngest of three siblings and a corporate lawyer in Southern California, runs home to her family’s vineyard in Sonoma County...

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Apr01

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat was not a book I thought I’d be interested in. I mean, how could a book about rowing be all that exciting? They sit, they row, they win…or lose. I was wrong. This book is so much more than that. It’s about life, the good and bad, and how a boy and his teammates chose to deal with it. This story closely follows one young man, Joe Rantz, who is a working class boy growing up in the Depression era. He got...

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Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Nov26

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

  Thrive by Arianna Huffington   I learned about this book after I heard about Huffington Post’s second ever Thrive conference which was held in the spring of 2014. I’ve been in a self-exploration phase for the past nine months and this book discusses exactly what I’ve been exploring in my quest for a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Arianna Huffington, the founder of Huffington Post (does anyone NOT know this?),...

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Jul23

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

  The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity is a novel rich in characters, setting and plot. Cora Carlisle is a mild-mannered house wife living a safe life in the midwest. When the opportunity comes along to chaperone a young local girl to New York while she attends a prestigious dance school, Cora can’t resist the opportunity. Her own children, twin sons, are grown and headed off to college, therefore,...

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Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin
Mar26

Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin

  Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin When I saw this book listed on NetGalley (a site that offers digital review copies to book reviewers, book sellers, educators, librarians and the like), I had been in a wanderlust type of mood. I fell in love with the description of this memoir about two people who rekindle their romance later in life and also discover their shared passion for travel. As Lynne Martin approaches her seventieth...

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Jan29

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

  The Kitchen House, written by author Kathleen Grissom and published in 2010, is a story set on a tobacco plantation in late 1700’s Virginia. The story begins with seven-year-old Lavinia arriving at Tall Oaks as an indentured servant after her parents perished on the ship bringing them to America from Ireland. Belle, the plantation owner’s illegitimate daughter, takes her under her wing in the kitchen house where she helps Mama...

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Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Nov13

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

  Calling Me Home, published by St. Martin’s Press in February 2013, is set in 1930’s Kentucky as well as present-day and tells an intertwining story about forbidden love as well as an unlikely friendship. Isabelle, a white woman who almost ninety years old, enlists the help to of her black hairdresser to travel with her from Texas to Cincinnati to tend to some unfinished business from her past. The journey is where the story...

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Sep11

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

  This is one of those books that you hear about but have a hard time actually sitting down to read. If it wasn’t for my book club, it may have lingered on my to-read list forever. Unbroken is a well-read and heavily reviewed book but I must tell you why you need to read it, too. Yes, on the outside it looks like the typical survival story–man goes down in ocean after plane crash and he survives to tell about it. But this...

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