Written by Phaedra Patrick I cannot think of a way to say this that is not pun-y and obnoxious. So I will just come up with it. This book charmed me to the soles of my feet, and the more that time goes by, the more I fall in love with its memory. I wish…
Lucia, Lucia, like all of Trigiani’s books, includes themes of family and tradition. It is set in New York City, just after World War II has ended. Lucia is the only daughter of an Italian grocer. Her brothers, loud and rambunctious, work for her father, while she is allowed to work as a seamstress at a high-end department store. Lucia loves her family and culture, but struggles to make peace between responsibility and a desire to be more.
Did you know that Germany placed secret agents in the United States during World War I? And that they carried out terrorist actions on U.S. soil? I certainly did not. But it happened, and it is better than fiction.
Out of the Old Rock is a collection of character studies made by J. Frank Dobie over the course of his writing career. After his death, his widow fulfilled his request that the best be turned into a book.
Like the best chick lit, Adrienne meets a handsome, mysterious man who keeps her guessing. She wants the love story, but she also wants to make a name for herself. In pursuit of both goals, hijinks, intrigue, and adventure ensues.
Elizabeth Letts is the Marguerite Henry of today, and for grown-ups. Much like Henry, she writes books about horses that are so very much more. I had the book release date marked on my calendar, and it was even more exciting to get it because I was finally travelling to Vienna, and my date with the Lipizzaners, a few months later. I was not disappointed.
This book felt glittery and hopeful and wistful. It was a love letter to a different time that lamented the best of what was lost while acknowledging how much was also gained. If you are interested in British society and aristocracy, the swinging 60’s, or gentle (and sometimes harsh) character studies, this book is for you.
Duckworth argues that talent is not the defining indicator of success that we believe. She breaks down significant research and long running studies into digestible chunks. I, for one, don’t care to read pages of statistics. I’m not a scientist. What I want to read is what the reams of data tell us. I don’t think that makes me silly or shallow.
Devotion is the kind of book that makes you rethink your impression of nonfiction. Makos crafts his incredible story in a way that builds tension and suspension. I found myself inspired and humbled throughout every single page. The story of Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown is incredible in itself, but Makos is as good as Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken) at writing something that seems resonant, unbelievable, and inspiring all at the same time.