Looking for a Good Story?

Looking for a good book to read?

Not included on the list  – all those wonderful musings and articles (mostly from the New York Times and The New Yorker).  You’ll find them under “Reading Between the Lines.” Want something with a little mystery and suspense, look under “Mysteries/Thrillers” on the main page.


Books I can still remember reading…

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Son by Lois Lowry

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Undertow by Jo Baker

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Reviews of Oldies but Goodies

Ape House by Sara Gruen (author of Water for Elephants)

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (dog philosophizes about life and car racing)

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by William Kotzwinkle (fable about bear’s success)

Beginner’s Greek by James Collins (Romance)

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace (romance based on true story – invention of the typwriter)

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve (Climbing Mt. Kenya, culture shock, and marriage)

Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton Paterson

Every Last One by Anna Quindlin (emotional novel; survival after catastrophe)

The Family Man by Eleanor Lipman

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Grange House by Sarah Blake (author of The Postmistress)

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell (memory and motherhood)

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (ghost story – author of “Time Traveler’s Wife)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (growing up in the Old South; maids and the privileged)

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (elder math prof, relationships)

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (birth and demise of a newspaper and its workers)

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

The Lonely Polygamist by Barry Udall


Lord of Misrule by Jamie Gordon

Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek (chick lit/art world exposé)

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (British romance)

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler  (if you like Anne Tyler, you’ll like this)

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam

Rescue by Anita Shreve (life in small New England town; family crisis; paramedic hero)

Room by Emma Donoghue (thriller and more)

The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard by Erin McGraw (a seamstress reinvents herself)

South of Broad by Pat Conroy (coming of age in the South with the Citadel and RC Church)

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin (humorous quest for parking in New York)

This Must Be the Place by kate Bacculia

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (Jane Austen style saga)

True Grit by Charles Portis

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin (Catholic girls’ boarding school saga)

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (family secrets, surprise ending)

Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom (linked stories of love and loss)

Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass

For the following reviews, just use the space on the main page – “Type in the title to find a review” and it will take you right to the book.


As Always, Julia edited by Joan Reardon

An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof (travels to the West Indies and recipes)

Crazy in the Kitchen by Louise de Salvo (memoir; Italian family)

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House

Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl (memoir: from author of Garlic and Sapphires)

Remembering Smell by Bonnie Blodgett (loss of smell and the consequences)

Someone Will Be With You Shortly by Lisa Kogan

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer (memoir, growing up in Irish bar)

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