Category Archives: Mary K.

Double Exposure by Michael Lister (2009)

index.aspxRemington James abandoned a successful advertising career to pursue his true passion—nature photography. Late on a fall evening, he checks his camera trap on the northern Florida property which he inherited from his father. As he reviews the footage, he is horrified when he views a brutal murder that the film captured. Soon the killers appear, and Remington is on the run in the dark, cold woods trying to make his way safely to the river.

Michael Lister’s Double Exposure has suspense, unique writing, beautiful descriptions of northern Florida’s endangered wildlife and fauna, and Remington’s musing on the best photographs of the last century.

The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry (2014)

index.aspxHarry and his wife Robin lost their young son Dillon in an earthquake when they lived and worked as artists in Tangier, Morocco. Or did they? Harry believes that Dillon is still alive, even though everyone, including Robin, insists that Dillon is dead. Dillon’s body was never found, which fuels Harry’s belief that Dillon is still alive somewhere. Robin has tried to move on with their new life in Ireland, and to not blame Harry for some mistakes he made prior to the earthquake.

When Harry spots Dillon on the streets of Dublin, he renews his search. His search unravels secrets that he and Robin have kept from each other. The flawed, complex characters combined with images of Tangier, and an intricate plot that keeps the reader guessing, made this psychological thriller hard to put down.

Check out Karen Perry’s The Innocent Sleep today.

Dogtripping: 25 rescues, 11 volunteers, and 3 RVs on our canine cross-country adventure by David Rosenfelt (2013)

dogtrippingThe title alone provides an insight into this heartwarming, hilarious true story. David Rosenfelt, author of the Andy Carpenter mystery series, is a bona fide dog lover. He and his wife Debbie adopted hundreds of dogs that were about to be euthanized from overcrowded Southern California animal shelters. They eventually started their own dog rescue foundation. When they decide to relocate from Southern California to their new home in Maine, the logistics of transporting their 25 mostly geriatric dogs seemed insurmountable.

As Rosenfelt reaches out to his readers online and at book talks, he discovers some truly wonderful people who are crazy enough to want to be part of the cross country road trip. Eleven wonderful volunteers help transport the dogs in three rented RVs over five days. Dogtripping is a feel-good story that will have you laughing out aloud.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (2012)

index.aspxJune Elbus is 14 years old and wishes she lived in the Middle Ages. Her relationship with her older sister Greta has soured, her accountant parents are working long hours during tax season, and her beloved Uncle Finn has just died. Finn, a famous New York artist, filled June’s lonely world with love, understanding, and inspiration. They shared special times together over tea, visits to the Cloisters, and listening to Mozart’s Requiem. After Finn’s funeral, June discovers a secret that Finn never shared with her—he had another special someone in his life, Toby. Set against the backdrop of the 1980s and the emergence of the AIDS epidemic, this coming of age story has so much to say about love.

For another perspective of Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home, check out Sally’s review. Attention 20 & 30-somethings: GenLit will be discussing this book on Wednesday, May 28 at Tap House Grill at 6:30pm. Get your copy from the front checkout desk and RSVP on Facebook.

 

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (2014)

After the death of her husband, Kate Pheris awakens from her grief just in time to avoid moving in with her domineering mother-in-law Cricket. Kate takes her free-spirited eight year old daughter Devlin on an unexpected road trip to Lost Lake, Georgia, a resort owned by her great-aunt Eby. Kate has fond memories of a magical month spent at the lake. When she arrives, however, Kate finds the resort in disrepair with Eby reluctantly planning to sell it to a developer. A cast of charming characters, a dash of magical realism, and the serenity of Lost Lake provide an enjoyable read that’s all about finding second chances.

Check out Sarah Addison Allen’s latest novel Lost Lake today.

BYOB February 2014 Book Party Recommendations

Here are the books that people shared at our May 30, 2013 book party:

Fiction
Purgatory by Ken Bruen
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Double Exposure by Michael Lister
Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
Still Life by Louise Penny
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Nonfiction
The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch

The Journal of Best Practices: a memoir of marriage, Asperger syndrome, and one man’s quest to be a better husband by David Finch (2012)

Chicagoan David Finch holds nothing back in describing his life with Asperger’s and its impact on his marriage and family life. With incredible determination and support from his wife, Finch immerses himself in understanding Asperger syndrome. Using his journal of best practices, Finch develops skills and routines that restore the love and friendship that are at the heart of his marriage. The Journal of Best Practices, a touchingly funny memoir, provides hope for anyone struggling to improve a relationship.

Haunted Ground by Erin Hart (2003)

Haunted Ground is the first title in the Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire mystery series by Erin Hart. The stories are set in modern Ireland, but often weave in Irish history. Nora is an American pathologist who travels to Ireland to study “bog bodies”—dead bodies from hundreds of years ago that are preserved in the peat.

Nora and archaeologist Cormac Maguire are thrown together as they investigate the decapitated head of a woman whose body is found in a peat bog. Soon they find themselves involved in solving a recent crime involving the disappearance of a wealthy landowner’s wife and son. Could these bodies also be buried in the bog?

Finding Casey by Jo Ann Mapson (2013)

I read Finding Casey without realizing that the book is a sequel to Solomon’s Oak, but I still found the book enjoyable as a stand-alone story. I had read some of Jo Ann Mapson’s novels from the 1990s and was delighted to rediscover her work. Glory Vigil, her new husband Joseph, and their adopted daughter Juniper are settling in to their new lives in New Mexico. At 41 years old, Glory is preparing for the birth of her first child and fixing up their old home in Santa Fe. Juniper is in college and thriving, but she carries with her the burden of not knowing what happened to her sister Casey who disappeared. Mapson creates an intriguing plot, multifaceted characters, and captures the essence of Santa Fe.