Category Archives: Mary K.

A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell (2011)

The third book in the Hannah Vogel series, A Game of Lies finds Hannah back in Berlin in response to her mentor and Peter Weil’s request that she smuggle a package out of Germany for him. Posing as a Swiss reporter and as the lover of S. S. Officer Lars Lang, Hannah meets Weil at the Olympic stadium where he dies in her arms.

Rebecca Cantrell drops the reader into the chilling atmosphere of 1930s Germany to offer a suspenseful, historical espionage novel that will appeal to Alan Furst fans.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (2011)

When Alice Love falls off of an exercise bike at the gym, she winds up with a nasty concussion and a serious case of amnesia. Alice awakens in a hospital bed convinced she is 29 years old, pregnant with her first child, and madly in love with Nick, her husband. Alice soon discovers, however, that she is a 39-year-old mother of three in the throes of a nasty divorce. Her amnesia gives Alice a chance to reconstruct her life and reconnect with those she loves.

Read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty today.

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (2012)

In the sequel to Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell continues his narration of Henry VIII’s turbulent reign. Katherine dies, Anne Boleyn and her alleged lovers are beheaded, and Henry’s attraction to Jane Seymour grows. Cromwell’s finds himself caught in his own political machinations, and realizes how tenuous his relationship with Henry has become. Hilary Mantel is currently writing The Mirror and the Light, the much anticipated final title in her trilogy of Thomas Cromwell’s role in the Tudor court.

Did you know? Both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies won Britain’s top literary award: the Man Booker Prize.

B.Y.O.B. May 30, 2013 Book Party Recommendations

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

Fiction
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
In the Woods by Tana French
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
The Whitechapel Conspiracy by Anne Perry
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Nonfiction
Imagination Illustrated the Jim Henson Journal by Karen Falk
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bubble Gum Thief by Jeff Miller (2012)

In the first title of a new mystery series, Jeff Miller introduces readers to Special Agent Dagny Gray. Dagny uses her intelligence and tenacity to track down the “bubble gum thief” – a serial killer who leaves a note affixed with a stick of gum at each crime scene.

The intriguing plot and well-crafted characters turn this 428 page mystery into a quick and satisfying read. Dagny’s struggle with anorexia adds an interesting twist to the story. Check out The Bubble Gum Thief today.

The Body in the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page (1990)

There’s nothing like finding a dead body to cure a case of ennui. Faith Fairchild, a transplanted successful Manhattan caterer, was ruing her dull but comfortable life as a mother to baby Benjamin, and wife to Aleford, Massachusetts’ minister Tom Fairchild when she discovered the dead body of Cindy Moore, in the church’s belfry. When Cindy’s fiancé, a well-liked young parishioner becomes a key suspect, Faith takes it upon herself to “help” clear his name. Readers who enjoy well-written “cozy” mysteries, will enjoy the Faith Fairchild series.

Read The Body in the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page today.

Talk to Your Dog: How to Communicate With Your Pet by Susie Green (2005)

Author Susie Green supplements her easy-to-read text with illustrations to help readers better understand what our canine friends’ physical appearance, postures, etc., are telling us. Most dog owners will already know much of this information, but the anecdotes the author shares from old newspaper articles and journals about dog behavior are fascinating. The reader will be struck by how much different life is for our pampered 21st century pets. When I was a kid, everyone owned a mutt, and Gus the overweight Bassett hound freely roamed the school yard looking for pets, and treats. If you have a dog Talk to Your Dog is a must read.

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple (2012)

I was hooked after reading the first two pages of this engaging story. Semple applies her sharp wit to get some funny digs on Seattle, Microsoft, and cliquish suburban women. Although Bernadette Fox, and other characters in the novel, are less than perfect, Semple portrays their emotional issues with humor and sympathy. The plot has unexpected turns that kept me wondering if Bee, Bernadette’s 15-year-old daughter, would find her brilliant, eccentric (and BFF) mother Bernadette? Check out Where’d You Go Bernadette? today.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (2012)

Strayed was only in her twenties when her mom dies of cancer at 45. Her mother’s death leads to the unraveling of her world: her siblings drift away; her stepfather disengages after he remarries, and her rock solid marriage ends in divorce. Her despair, anger, and unrelenting grief over her mother’s death lay at the heart of her failed marriage and some very poor choices.

A crazy idea to hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail alone keeps her going. This adventure is all that holds her together despite her unbelievable lack of preparedness. Against enormous odds, she succeeds in walking the trail redeemed by the kindness of strangers and the wide open beauty of the wild. Beautifully and honestly written, this memoir inspires, and for those interested long distance solo hiking it serves as a “what not to do” manual. Check out Wild today.

Extreme Productivity by Robert C. Pozen (2012)

Although the targeted audience is high level managers, Pozen’s advice will benefit anyone who wants to work smarter, not harder. He stresses the importance of identifying goals and priorities, so that you focus on results. Once you know what your key goals are, you should expend most of your effort on performing the tasks that will advance these goals. Perfectionism can be a killer if you spend too much time on your smaller, less important goals.

He offers suggestions on creating a morning routine to help free your brain for more important tasks, how to handle emails, and how to avoid meetings and, if that’s not possible, how to make meetings more effective. A top executive at a global finance firm, Pozen honed his productivity skills so he could spend more time with his family and volunteering.

Read Extreme Productivity by Robert Pozen today and start being more productive.