This book is written by Jodi Picoult. The author writes in an easy flowing style and features richly layered characters that held my interest. The story follows Ruth Jefferson who is a labor and delivery nurse with many years of experience at a Connecticut hospital. One day Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn […]


Back in March ‘17, I wrote a piece about a chance meeting with Irish author, Maeve Binchy. It happened several years ago on a visit to Dublin to see my family. Currently, I am reading that author’s biography, Maeve Binchy: The Biography written by Piers Dudgeon. “There are other biographies written of Maeve Binchy, but  […]


Will Campbell wrote the book, Brother to a Dragonfly, as an autobiography.  He also describes his older brother and describes their growing up on a cotton farm in Mississippi.   Will became a Baptist minister, but he left pastoring the church after a few years.  He became active in the civil rights movement in the 50’s […]


I enjoy special holiday stories by one of my favorite authors, Anne Perry. Maybe you will enjoy some holiday reading, too. The list of Perry’s holiday books starts below with the first one written: A Christmas Journey A Christmas Visitor A Christmas Secret A Christmas Beginning A Christmas Promise A Christmas Homecoming A Christmas Garland […]


Recently, I enjoyed the book A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable, published in 2014. I pick- ed it up in one of the “Little Library” boxes we have in Traverse City, Michigan. Here’s the storyline: April, a Sotheby’s furniture specialist, travels to Paris to evaluate the antiques found in an apartment there. The place has […]


When I went to church with my mother, I picked up several books being discontinued from their library. One was the book Congregational Discipling. The book includes chapters on how to deal with issues that children, younger adults (my generation), and the elderly face as members of a Mennonite Congregation. It urged compassion, discipline, and […]


I recently read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. I really love her books! She’s clever and witty in this one about climate change and the butterfly migration changing location. Pervious to that volume, I read From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. It was the best, most compelling book I’ve read in I don’t know […]


A while back I bought two books. I was disappointed with In Full Color, Rachael Dolezal’s story. She is the white woman who passed herself off as black. I found it unbelievable. However, at the same time I purchased Shattered by Jonathan Allen. It is the story of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president. The […]


Lovina Eicher is an Amish lady who writes a weekly column for local newspapers. She always includes a recipe and I’ve tried many of them. They’re good! She has a new cookbook out, The Essential Amish Cookbook. I attended a book signing and liked the book. It has wonderful photos in addition to recipes. I […]


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 […]