The Moon Book by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener
“An informative guide on moon phases, cultural traditions that coincide with the moon, and instructions for putting together your own rituals for each phase. Written lyrically yet personally, there is something for everyone to learn within these pages. This book is full of practical magic for understanding the moon and getting to know her.”
Cultish by Amanda Montell
“Have you ever been sucked into an internet rabbit hole about cults and the folks who participate in them? Me too. This book, written by a linguist whose father grew up in an infamous 1960s cult called Synanon, breaks down what all cults have in common: language. Once you learn the shared language tactics used in groups from Jonestown to CrossFit, you will hear them everywhere. Turns out, a lot of things are pretty ‘cultish’.”
A Special Place for Women by Laura Henkin
“A genre-bending read that takes on tote-bag feminism, includes witches/cults, and involves fake-dating. A little Josie Grossie from Never Been Kissed, a little Practical Magic, and a whole lot of fun. A beach read that could easily be a great book club read.”
Queens of the Crusades by Alison Weir
This book reveals the lives of the last five Plantagenet Queens.Dry? Absolutely not. As always, their stories can’t be told without the telling of the Kings, Heirs and the myriad men and women both allies and enemies, some both at different times. The ever-changing geography and manipulation of religion is ever present. Fascinating read!I give this book five stars.
The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams
Do you love words? And the beauty of language arts? The Liar’s Dictionary is about two generations of lexicographers in london. I began to question my own vocabulary! The word play is absolutely intoxicating, clever and sweet with a mystery to solve is a bonus to this hilarious cacophony of feelings. At it’s core it is a love story. I enjoyed this book tremendously.I give this one 4.5 stars.
Perestroika by Jane Smiley
Perestroika is a racehorse that lives outside Paris, France. One evening she finds her stall door opened and being curious she goes outside, ending up in Paris. With the help of some new friends; a heart of gold street dog, a couple of joyous ducks, a seriously opinionated raven and lastly, a boy and his elderly grandmother. Paras and friends embark on an adventure. Heartwarming and beautifully written!
I give this book 4.5 Stars
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
I love books that have deep, hard to find themes and this book is full of them. The story line is propelled by the relationships between the women and the male characters seem superfluous to the plot, until you realize that they may be the mirrors that hold up the shortcomings of the women to the reader. Deep, right? Through the main characters, we see how we repeat patterns of manipulation and patronization while at the very same moment condemn them in others. Good intentions are the path to…….
A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
A historical novel set in 1930’s Indochine, the suspense and fierce political struggle that was not so evident at that time is shown through the story of Jesse, young wife to the heir of the Michelin rubber fortune. As she becomes more and more involved with the workings of the plantations, she becomes torn between her married role and the injustices that she sees. Very well written and descriptive of the times. I loved it and it surely did keep me up late at night reading it.
Across the Great Lake by Lee Zacharias
Set in the 1936, this novel tells the tale of five year old Fern and her father, who is the captain of the ferry boat Manitou out of Frankfort, MI. When Fern’s mother refuses to move from her bed in the dead of winter after a miscarriage, Fern’s father takes her on the ferry to make the passage to Menominee, freeing vessels frozen in the ice on the way. At the end of the voyage, Fern must keep a secret that will be hers until the day she dies. Mesmerizing account of the cultural and historical settings of the Benzie-Frankfort time period as well as all that goes on to run a big ship on Lake Michigan in the winter. Between a little bit of a ghost story and Fern’s adventures on the ship as she looks back on that time period, I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it.