Friday, October 17, 2014

THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin


Fikry owns a bookstore on a Martha's Vineyard-like island.  Widowed, lonely, and grumpy, he is transformed by a baby left in the shop.  An enchanting story about love - and love of books.



THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE by Valerie Martin

 

The Mary Celeste, a real ship, was found adrift in the Atlantic in 1872:  no damage, no cargo theft, no captain or crew.  Martin has
cleverly combined fact and fiction in this gripping historical novel.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

973 Carroll, Andrew: HERE IS WHERE: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History

Join this fascinating tour of our country's overlooked but significant historical sites.  The breezy writing style adds to the fun.

THE DARING LADIES OF LOWELL by Kate Alcott



In the nineteenth century, New England farm girls sought independence by laboring in
cotton mills.  This atmospheric story is built around a real-life murder and the sensational trial that followed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent


 


Iceland, 1878:  a woman convicted of murder is sent to live with a farm family while awaiting execution.  A pageturner, and it's a true story.

FROG MUSIC by Emma Donoghue

 

In 1876 San Francisco, the unlikely friendship of a burlesque dancer and a cross-dressing frog catcher anchors
this earthy, colorful, wildly entertaining historical fiction.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RUSTICATION by Charles Palliser

England, 1863:  young Richard has been sent down - expelled - "rusticated" - from Cambridge.  But why?  He returns to the dank, moldy home shared by his less than welcoming mother and sister.  As a narrator, he is wildly unreliable.  As a novel, this is pure delight.