Each quarter, I host a brown bag luncheon in my office for the public and city staff. I provide water, coffee, and cookies. They bring their lunch. Then, I talk about fifteen books. It's a successful one hour program. Attendance isn't large, but it's enthusiastic, and people return. And, they check out the books!
Here are the titles I'm book talking today.
Beeson, Sam – The UnValentine – A fun little book for those who think Valentine’s day is too mushy.
Bennett, Alan – The Uncommon Reader (Adult Fiction) What happens when the Queen of England discovers a love for books?
Clement, Blaize – Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues (Mystery) Dixie Hemingway ends up involved in murder when she agrees to take care of an iguana.
Corrigan, Kelly – The Middle Place (Autobiography) One year in Corrigan’s life when she and her beloved father were both treated for cancer.
Ephron, Delia – Frannie in Pieces (Teen Fiction) Frannie’s father died, but he left behind a puzzle that takes her to an unknown country.
Feinstein, John – Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (Juvenile Mystery) Feinstein takes his two teen journalists behind the scenes of Super Bowl XLII, where they stumble on a scandal.
Gage, Leighton – Blood of the Wicked (Mystery) Debut mystery in the Chief Inspector Mario Silva series involves him in the killing of a bishop, land wars, violence and murder.
Giff, Patricia Reilly – Pictures of Hollis Woods (Juvenile Fiction) Hollis was a runaway foster child, until a woman discovered her artistic gifts, and her need.
Hannah, Kristin – Firefly Lane (Adult Fiction) For over thirty years, the two girls of Firefly Lane are best friends, there for each other through thick and thin, until an act of betrayal separates them.
Harris, Rosemary – Pushing Up Daisies (Adult Fiction) Debut mystery in A Dirt-y Business series, featuring Paula Holliday, a gardener who digs up a mummified baby on an estate.
Heyer, Georgette – Cotillion (Romance) The Queen of the Regencies tells the story of an heiress forced to marry one of her guardian’s nephews, or live without the inheritance.
Jacobs, Holly – Everything But a Groom (Romance) A Hungarian grandmother didn’t know what she was doing when she cursed her fiancé’s descendents, saying they would never enjoy their wedding.
Karon, Jan – Home to Holly Springs (Adult Fiction) In the first of the Father Tim Kavanagh novels, he returns to his childhood home in response to an anonymous letter.
Ure, Louise – The Fault Tree (Mystery) The award-winning author tells the story of a blind mechanic in Tucson, who “witnesses” a murder.
Wright, Jason F. – The Wednesday Letters (Adult Fiction) When a couple dies after forty years of marriage, their three children uncover letters that reveal family secrets.