ON MY READING LIST

I just read about a new book out in May. Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train has written another. It’s title is Into the Water. The book preview I read said the author delves into “…how your memories of childhood shape you and make you the person you are.” The story follows […]

A DEBUT

I’m reading a debut light mystery, Speakers of the Dead, by Aaron Sanders right now. Walt Whitman is the detective writer and Elizabeth Blackwell, the charge (doctor) who are solving body-snatching crimes in 1843. Fascinating! Just finished Orwell’s 1984, Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair and Pulitzer Prize winner, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by […]

THE SILVER BOAT

This novel is by Luanne Rice. The three McCarthy sisters return to Martha’s Vineyard one last time to say goodbye to the family beach house before it has to be sold for taxes. The property has been in the family for many generations. As they pack up,they recall the one subject that has haunted the […]

MY NEIGHBORHOOD BOOK CLUB

In my neighborhood group, I’m reading Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean. She’s a good writer.   I wonder how she managed to so convincingly recreate the conversations she had. She included a lot of information about the criminal justice system and about her own activism in opposing the death penalty.    Helen Prejean is coming to town for the […]

THE DAUGHTER’S WALK

This is an historical novel by Jane Kirkpatrick, one of my favorite authors. She gives us inspiring stories of women who accomplish amazing feats. The story is about Helga and her daughter Clara who in 1896 accepted a wager from the fashion industry. They undertook to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within […]

RELATED READS

Recently, I discovered an exciting aspect of my Kindle electronic reader. It offers free subject related titles with Kindle unlimited. In past several weeks, I have been stuck in waiting rooms and found I seriously enjoyed hopping from one book to another on United States’ Southwest Indian spirituality and life.  The southwest is such a […]

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

I just read a book that I want to recommend. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is by Katherine Boo. I didn’t read the summary of the book, and I thought it was a novel. When I finished, I read the author’s note. Boo is a journalist who has […]

OVE

The group I meet with at church is reading A Man Called Ove. It is by Swedish author Fredrik Backman. I had to return my copy to the library after two weeks, because it is in high demand.  I’m not writing a regular book review because I can’t look up details to add.  However, I […]

UNASHAMED

During a recent visit to the library, I checked out the book, Unashamed by Heather Nelson, It turned out to be an extremely good read. Heather gets to the core of the Gospel message: how many times people carry needless shamefulness and other burdens. At the end of each chapter, the author poses questions about […]

MESSY SPIRITUALITY

A few days ago, I was at the library perusing the “new book” shelf. A book literally jumped off the shelf into my hands. Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli was written for people like me! In my walk with God, too often I try to be perfect on my own instead of through His power. […]