Reviews & Recommendations
Normally, I’m not crazy about rewrites of the classics, but Sittenfled’s updated take on Pride and Prejudice is a pleasure to read and laugh out loud funny. Kitty and Lydia are Cross fit fanatics, Darcy is a well known neurosurgeon and Bingley has just come off the TV dating show “Eligible” and is now the most sought after bachelor in America. A perfect vacation read.
Great middle reader for the 10-12 year old set. Just how much trouble can two boys get into over the course of a summer on a farm ... ever tried peeing on an electric fence? Or putting the washing machine motor on a bike and having to constantly be on the lookout for Ernie the crazy rooster? Try this.
In the mood for a quiet, well-written, lovely story? This is a gem. A renowned mathematics professor who, after a horrible car accident, can only remember the last eighty minutes, his housekeeper, a single mother and her son create a lovely triangle where each gives and receives in return.
Thrilling and compelling. Nicholai Hel is a paid assassin. He is multitalented; an art connoisseur, a Go master, a linguist, a gifted lover, and a spelunker. Hel seeks to achieve a state of personal perfection known as shibumi. Retired and hiding in an isolated fortress, he is drawn back into the work of international espionage when a stranger comes knocking on his door. A wild ride with a good dose of the cold war added.
Lansing’s version of Ernest Shakleton’s 1914 expedition to Antarctica is a masterful must read for anyone who seeks adventure or just wants to dream about it. Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance became icebound, miles short of their Antarctic destination. The crew lived aboard the icebound ship for the next ten months. Eventually, the ship was crushed between ice flows and the crew of 27 realized they would have to attempt the 850 mile journey toward the small island of South Georgia. The diaries and photographs that the crew kept during this time are astonishing. An excellent book on leadership.
One of Bryson’s first travel books and still one of his best. In Lost Continent, Bryson travels through the small towns of middle America. With the outsiders eye and keen wit, Bryson will make you laugh out loud at our country. At the same time will make you want to get in the car and head out on your own adventure. Written in 1987, this was a timely book to revisit because it brought a renewed appreciation for those places in the U.S. that feel alien in this day and age.
If you are a fan of John Green and looking for your next great read, this is it. Imagine if you went to sleep at age 16 and woke up five years later, but were still the same age. Your best friend and girlfriend are 21 but you are still in high school. Your parents are the same, but not quite. The secret your best friend shared with you when he knew you were dying, he now denies. Insightful and a good glimpse into the vast changes which occur during those rapidly changing years of young adulthood.
In her debut novel, Ozeki presents documentarian Jane Takagi-Little lands a job producing a Japanese television show which is sponsored by an American meat-exporting business. While working on the show, she uncovers some disturbing facts about a dangerous hormone called DES. Humorous, disturbing and wonderful. You will never look at a slice of beef the same way.