Read: All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a beautiful book. It shook me in a way that was painful but also good. I’ve read quite a few books about World War II but this one was different. This one doesn’t focus on the devastation, torture, and loss suffered by the Jewish community living in Europe…. read more

Read: The Housekeeper and The Professor

This little gem was a gift from a friend whose recommendations never disappoint. The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa is well crafted and truly unique. It’s the story of a brilliant mathematician who is injured in a car accident and left with a short term memory that lasts no longer than 70 minutes…. read more

Best Books: Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site

It’s no surprise that my favorite gifts are books. Since Baby John’s arrival we have gotten so many generous gifts many of them books. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld has become a fast favorite. As you can imagine many of the books in our house are a bit more… read more

Read: Where’d You Go Bernadette

As previously reported I have been on quite a run when it comes to reading great books. The last 4 I have read have left me inspired and excited about new literature. That being said the plots were very serious and often had me in tears. With the baby on the way I emailed a few… read more

Read: The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings (a novel inspired by the lives of the Grimké sisters who were the first female abolition agents and among the earliest major American feminist thinkers) seems to last forever and fly by at the same time. I adored Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Secret Life of Bees and her most recent novel tackles many… read more

Read: & Sons

I’ve just finished & Sons by David Gilbert and know it’s a book I will be thinking about for months to come. This book has been likened to a “Catcher in the Rye” for the next generation. It is masterfully written and impossible to put down. Gilbert writes with such spectacular description that you find yourself… read more

Read: Americanah

I am thrilled to report that I am on a lucky streak and the last 4 books I’ve read have been spectacular! I was in a bit of a slump in the spring and kept picking up “best sellers” that just didn’t live up to the hype. (Hello The Goldfinch!) I don’t share the mediocre ones… read more

Best Books: Someday

With my oldest heading to kindergarten this week and my baby joining her big sister at the same school I can’t help but feel a little wistful at how quickly the years are flying by. It feels like yesterday the girls were babes so easily cradled in my arms. We read this sweet book the… read more

Read: Tell the Wolves I’m Home

In August my appetite for reading increases tenfold. I feel fall nipping at my heels and I’m desperate to take advantage of the last few slow summer days, carving out more time to devour books before the chaos of back-to-school begins.  Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt has been my favorite summer read so far…. read more

Best Books: The Story of Fish and Snail

“The Story of Fish and Snail” by Deborah Freedman is the perfect read for any child who has ever had a best friend that pushes them to try things outside their comfort zone. Fish, the more adventurous of the two, joins Snail every afternoon in the pages of his book. Fish tells Snail of all the… read more