Yesterday was my winter brown bag luncheon for the library staff. Once again, I had the chance to talk about fifteen books I read in the last few months. Now, I'll share those books with you as well. (I love the brown bag luncheons!)
Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self edited by Joseph Galliano. Creative successful people offer advice to their sixteen-year-old selves.
A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio by Bob Edwards. The former NPR commentator discusses his career.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. Fascinating account of how Flinn transformed nine culinary novices into fearless home cooks.
A Vine in the Blood by Leighton Gage. The kidnapping of a Brazilian soccer player’s mother, just before the World Cup, brings Chief Inspector Mario Silva’s team into the case while the entire country watches.
Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag. The disappearance of Lauren Lawton’s daughter four years earlier haunts her life and that of her daughter. Once she moves to Oak Knoll, CA, that case becomes an issue of the police in that town since she claims her daughter’s kidnapper is there.
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. The only authorized Sherlock Holmes novel finds Watson narrating an old case in which Holmes takes on the highest ranks of society following the murder of a young boy.
Walter’s Muse by Jean Davies Okimoto. In the first summer of her retirement, a school librarian’s peaceful island life is disrupted by her sister’s appearance, and her neighbor, a famous children’s author.
Sketch Me If You Can by Sharon Pape. First in the Portrait of Crime series brings together a police sketch artist on Long Island, and the ghost of an Arizona federal marshal as they become partners in the search for a killer.
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan. An overweight, middle-aged newspaper man adopts a miniature schnauzer who becomes his companion in hiking New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Best Friends, Occasional Enemies by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. Essays about the lighter side of life and the mother/daughter relationship.
The Night Sky: A Journey From Dachau to Denver and Back by Maria Sutton. A woman’s journey to find her father, and her family takes her back to WWII and its aftermath.
Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sara Wendell. Lessons about life and romance that can be learned from romance novels.
The Mother Daughter Show by Natalie Wexler. Every year, the mothers of the senior girls at an exclusive DC prep school put on a talent show, an endeavor that can lead to pettiness, bitterness and disaster, as well as humor.
The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish For Our Daughters by Jeffrey Zaslow. The story of Becker’s Bridal in Fowler, Michigan, the family that owns it, & eight of the 100,000 brides who bought their wedding dresses there.