The Mortifications: A Novel by Derek Palacio

The Mortifications by Derek Palacio begins in 1980 in Cuba when the Encarnacion family is torn apart during the Mariel Boatlift.  Soledad, wife of political insurgent Uxbal who refuses to leave his homeland, forcibly takes their two young twins, Ulises and Isabel, across the water in a boat to the United States.  Rather than settle … Continue reading The Mortifications: A Novel by Derek Palacio

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.  What an excellent memoir! Before listening to his story, all I knew about Trevor Noah was that he came from South Africa to be the new host of The Daily Show.  I had no … Continue reading Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Peace by Richard Bausch

Last spring I discovered a fantastic weekly podcast called Books on the Nightstand.  Two colleagues at Random House, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, talked all things books and gave really great book recommendations. I loved it. Then, to my dismay, they decided to end their podcast last summer.  I soon realized, though, that I could … Continue reading Peace by Richard Bausch

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Lately I seem to be on a graphic novel kick and The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg is fantastic. In fact, if you are new to graphic novels and are wondering which one to start with, this might be a great choice for you.  Not only are the illustrations are beautiful and … Continue reading The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

One of my greatest daily joys is reading with my sons.  I think there are probably a couple of different reasons my boys have the same strong passion for reading that I seem to have.  One reason is that they see my husband and me reading all the time.  Usually my husband is reading books … Continue reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly

Wow. I finished listening to the audiobook version of Lilac Girls: A Novel yesterday and I can't stop thinking about it: the wonderful listening experience, the amazing story, how well the book was written, how much I learned about World War II, how I felt like I was right there with these characters, how invested … Continue reading Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly

52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal

Happy New Year everyone! Although I took a bit break from this blog during the holidays, but I did read quite a bit.  I'm in the middle of a fantastic sci-fi trilogy that I'll be posting about soon. Anyway, there's a great book by Brett Blumenthal called 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, … Continue reading 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal