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  • Apr 25, 2023

    The Personal Librarian posted by Robyn

    This historical fiction novel is loosely based on the little-known story of Belle de Costa Greene (aka Belle Marion Greener), personal librarian to J. Pierpont Morgan beginning in 1905.  Belle and J.P.    Read More »

  • Apr 10, 2023

    Books in Bloom Author Jenn McKinlay posted by Robyn

    In Paris is Always a Good Idea, 29-year-old Chelsea Martin has felt a hole in her life since losing her mother to cancer seven years before.  She is less than thrilled when her dad announces his engagement to a woman he’s been dating for two weeks.  Chelsea is successful in her career...    Read More »

  • Mar 28, 2023

    Books in Bloom Author Meg Waite Clayton posted by Robyn

    Nanee is the heroine in The Postmistress of Paris, Clayton's most recent novel and a historical fiction story taking place during WWII.  Nanee has led a charmed life – one of wealth and privilege – she is a beautiful and adventurous young woman.  The book begins as she flies an aircraft into Paris, with her...    Read More »

  • Mar 11, 2023

    Books in Bloom Author Kent Nerburn posted by Robyn

    Kent Nerburn’s acclaimed trilogy, which begins with Neither Wolf nor Dog, is a compilation of his accounts with Dan, an elder Indian he met in the 1990s after receiving a call from Dan’s adult granddaughter.  Nerburn, renown writer of Native American studies, is asked to visit Dan,...    Read More »

  • Feb 21, 2023

    Two Lives of Sara posted by Robyn

    Sara is a young single black mother who flees to Memphis, Tennessee in the 1960s.  She tries to outrun her past in Chicago after a traumatic incident, one that results in her having a hard time loving her infant son Lebanon.  She is welcomed to live and work in the home of Mama Sugar, who asks no questions.  Sara is a big help at Scarlet Boarding House and she makes new friends – Mama’s grandson Will is a favorite, and his teacher Jonas Coulter is intrigued with Sara.  Mama Sugar has secrets...    Read More »

  • Feb 12, 2023

    Our Missing Hearts posted by Robyn

    In Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng, twelve-year-old Bird lives with his father, who works at the Cambridge University library.  When his Chinese mother disappeared three years ago, Bird became Noah.  Bird wonders where his mom went and why his name changed, but his quiet and broken father will give...    Read More »

  • Jan 23, 2023

    Lessons in Chemistry posted by Robyn

    In Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Gamus, Elizabeth Zott is a no-nonsense chemist in the 1950s, where she is constantly challenging discrimination as a woman in a male dominated field.  She meets Nobel Prize winner Calvin Evans, and they bond over past family trauma.  Ten years later, Elizabeth...    Read More »

  • Jan 09, 2023

    Marmee and Caroline posted by Robyn

    In Marmee and Caroline, author Sarah Miller takes on the perspective of two beloved classic literary mothers.     Read More »

  • Dec 22, 2022

    The Book Eaters posted by Robyn

    The contemporary fantasy The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean is a novel featuring a family of book eaters – children are fed actual books instead of food.  Maps give them the ability to know directions, dictionaries feed them vocabulary, mystery novels are peppery snacks, and romance novels are dessert – sweet...    Read More »

  • Dec 12, 2022

    The Haunting Season posted by Robyn

    If you like to read by candlelight and are looking for a holiday chill, check out The Haunting Season: eight ghostly talks for long winter nights.  This is a recently written collection by award winning authors, resulting in an atmospheric compilation of ghostly tales for the holiday season.  Stories...    Read More »


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