Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly I am always on the lookout for a great new book – whether it’s at the bookstore, through a Goodreads email, or when friends talk about books they love. This time around for my recommendation at, I went back and forth on several books, especially one that isContinue reading “Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly”

Must-Read Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Here in the United States, it is sometimes difficult to imagine a life much different than what we have the privilege to live. When we are hungry, we go to the grocery store and can choose to buy whatever fresh fruits or vegetables, fresh meats, ice cream, processedContinue reading “Must-Read Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles”

Great Reads Fiction: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kettler

Recommendation for and also published at The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kettler I love finding a book that is impossible to put down, especially when it’s fun to read and the story sweeps me into the pages. But it’s rare to find a book that is not only unputdownable, but also beautifullyContinue reading “Great Reads Fiction: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kettler”

Great Reads Fiction: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey I became a fan of Eowyn Ivey’s fiction after Jessica Vealitzek recommended The Snow Child at, which also became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. When I heard about Ivey’s second novel, To the Bright Edge of the World, I picked it up soon afterContinue reading “Great Reads Fiction: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey”

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This summer, I’ve read several books and listened to a few of them on audio (which is a new experience). Reading, to me, is one of the great pleasures of summer. LastContinue reading “The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro”

New Favorite Book: It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

It’s What I Do Sometimes, in all the fiction reading, I need to seek out something real–a true-to-life story, one that inspires me, gives fresh perspective, and reminds me of the wider world beyond my current Ohio town. Though it fixed itself upon my reading radar many months ago, I finally picked up a copyContinue reading “New Favorite Book: It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario”

Circling the Sun, Book Recommendation

A Woman Who Attempts the Impossible Years ago, I fell in love with a movie called Out of Africa. It starred Robert Redford and Meryl Streep and was about the relationship of safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and author Karen Blixen, who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen in 1920s colonial Kenya. A woman onContinue reading “Circling the Sun, Book Recommendation”

Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016

Georgia I remember the first time I came across Georgia O’Keeffe in high school art class. Her paintings of Southwestern-themed landscapes and cow skulls made an impression, but the color-saturated forms of her flower close-ups are images I can still see in my head. Her work is unique, brilliant. I love her poppies, their giganticContinue reading “Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016”

How to Find a Great Book

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.” – Joseph Addison One of the most thrilling things in life to me is finding a greatContinue reading “How to Find a Great Book”