Anne Tyler is Back! (July 2018)

I just received this notice from
My favorite author Anne Tyler has come out with a new book! Can't wait to add it to the top of my To Be Read list...


Dear Joyce,
July will be even sunnier this year with the publication of Anne Tyler’s charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances.
In Clock Dance, Tyler explores the big and small moments that define a woman’s life. Willa Drake can count hers on one hand—as a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance, as a college coed considering a marriage proposal, as a young widow trying to piece things back together. And many years later, when she receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, Willa flies to Baltimore to look after a woman and child she’s never met. This impulsive decision will lead her into uncharted territory; solace and fulfillment await in unexpected places.
Clock Dance is both a delightful addition to your summer reading and a thought-provoking exploration of how we become the people we are—and how it’s never too late to try something different.


I'm currently recommending WAKING LIONS by Ayelet Gunnar Goshen. It's a thoughtful tale focusing on the most difficult questions an individual and country can face. There are harsh ethical dilemmas faced by well developed characters. Not a profound story but suspenseful to the very end.
So glad to find something that holds my interest! They've been few and far between!!

Below are some notable titles releasing soon.....Thankyou

ANOTHER SIDE OF PARADISE by Sally Koslow (Historical Fiction)
In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s star is on the rise, while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham. A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed Zelda, Fitzgerald fell hard for Sheilah, who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later.
CALYPSO by David Sedaris (Humor/Essays)
When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, David Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With CALYPSO, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality.
THE DANTE CHAMBER by Matthew Pearl (Historical Mystery)
Five years after a series of Dante-inspired killings disrupted Boston, a man is found murdered in the public gardens of London with an enormous stone around his neck etched with a verse from THE DIVINE COMEDY. When more mysterious murders erupt across the city, all in the style of the punishments Dante memorialized in PURGATORY, poet Christina Rossetti fears that her brother, the Dante-obsessed artist and writer Gabriel Rossetti, will be the next victim.
THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware (Psychological Thriller)
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person --- but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
THE GRAY GHOST: A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell (Thriller/Adventure)
In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever. However, not even he can save the good name of Marcus Peyton, the man wrongly blamed for the theft. More than a hundred years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his innocence.
PROBABLE CLAWS: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Mystery)
Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen is excited to build a new work shed designed by her dear friend, local architect Gary Gardner. But when Gary is shot to death by a masked motorcyclist, Harry begins to burrow into her friend’s past --- and unearths a pattern of destructive greed reaching far back into Virginia’s post-Revolutionary history. As soon as Harry finds incriminating evidence, the killer strikes again.
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts (Romantic Suspense)
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine, until the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. As the survivors slowly heal, find shelter and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait --- and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.


I can't seem to find a book that I've really loved...that I can't put down....that I've been totally immersed in..and that I want to recommend! But I'm still hopeful!

I finished An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Despite the quality of the writing I don't know what all the hype was about. I appreciate the serious story line and the impact on the black community but I had difficulty aligning with the characters and found the book slowmoving.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a good beach read. Pretty standard story much like Gone Girl and Girl on the Train....not as good as either but held my interest. Refreshing to read something mindless occasionally.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan will make a great film. Very convoluted storyline, fabulous setting in Tangiers, and  fast paced....Because I've traveled to that part of the world, I'm taken in by the vivid descriptions of the country.....However, too many events seem unlikely and gradually it all feels confusing and absurd. Haven't finished it yet so stay tuned....

I have a long TBR moving on ....


It's a good thing Hemingway had several wives because Paula McClain tells their stories so adeptly. Her last book, The Paris Wife focused on his first marriage which became a long time New York Times bestseller. This new release sounds like another spellbinding saga focusing on Martha Gellhorn ...another wife. Each book tells a singular story with Hemingway as the leading man...and deservedly so!

Thankyou for the detailed review below.

LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain (Historical Fiction)
In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly --- and uncontrollably --- falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.
In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife, or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.


No one knows politics like Jake Tapper! Tapper has written a fast-paced thriller, full of suspense and intrigue, sex and danger....what more could you want?!!!

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper 

This political thriller tells the story of Charlie Marder, an unlikely Congressman trying to navigate Washington, D.C.'s political scene in the 1950s. Following a mysterious car accident, Marder and his wife find themselves thrust into a shady subculture of secret societies and off-the-record deals. When Marder discovers a conspiracy plot, he finds that his career and his life are in jeopardy.


ALTERNATE SIDE by Anna Quindlen (Fiction)
Audiobook available, read by Ellen Archer

Some days, Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, 

lead a charmed life --- except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in 
the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not?
 New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish 
dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the 
urban craziness. 

The owners watch one another’s children grow up. They use the same 
handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the 
ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block’s small parking lot. Then one 
morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has 
shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable dead-end block turns into 
a potent symbol of a divided city. 
Reviewed by Katherine B. Weissman.

Anna Quindlen has always been a favorite author.  Not only is she a 
Pulitzer Prize winner but has written over nine books.  ALTERNATE SIDES  
has received mixed reviews but as a loyal follower, I'm attempting it.
Keep tuned....

Thankyou  for your comments.


I was looking for something atmospheric, great characters and basically a well written, easy read. Sunburn by Laura Lippman is an intriguing mystery that unfolds at a leisurely pace...just what I wanted!

A mysterious woman with a past and a detective hired to track her. These two threads of the story lead to an exciting tale. Trite, you say? Oh well, maybe ..... but it kept me guessing and wanting more!

At the end of the book, I was left thinking, what the heck just happened?!! I recommend it's nothing as it seems! A fast read, suspenseful and a page-turner....just what I was in the mood for....



March’s New in Paperback Roundups

March’s roundup of New in Paperback fiction titles includes 
CAMINO ISLAND, John Grisham's thriller from last year that 
openswith a gang of thieves staging a daringheist from a vault 
deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library --- and the 
action never lets up from there. 

David Baldacci’s END GAME, which marks the 
return of CIA assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel, who are 
sent to investigate the disappearance of their handler, code-named 
Blue Man --- and find themselvesup against an adversary with superior 
firepower and a home-court advantage.

THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve, which centers on an 
extraordinary young woman who is tested by a catastrophic event, 
and is based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history. 

THE LYING GAME, an instant New York 
Times bestseller from Ruth Ware, who has written a chilling novel 
of friendship, secrets, and the dangerous games that teenage girls play.
Among our nonfiction highlights are THE RADIUM GIRLS 
by Kate Moore, which fully illuminates the inspiring young women 
exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring 
strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances.

 JACKIE'S GIRLan endearing coming-of-age memoir
 by a young woman who spent 13 years as Jackie Kennedy’s 
personal assistant and occasional nanny --- and the lessons 
about life and love she learned from the glamorous first lady. 

Be sure to check out


Here's what had to say about upcoming Spring releases. Lots to look forward to......

Spring is an amazing season. We clean out our homes, we spend 
more time outside, and we get to watch flowers bloom anew.

There are so many must-read fiction books coming out this
spring that we can’t wait to get started. Whether you’ve been 
waiting for the new Michael Ondaatje novel or you’re a 
Clarice Lispector superfan, there’s a book on this list for every 
reader. Dive on in!

Be sure to check out for more information!


If you're a fan of Zadie Smith, now you can see what's really going on in her head! These essays range from Smith's thoughts on everything from interviews with pop culture icons, to her views on films, music, works of art and so much more. Yes, this is an essay collection but one you won't want to miss....

Feel Free

It seems that nothing is beyond the purview of Smith, who, between acclaimed novels, publishes must-read essays on Brexit, her mother's fascination with toilets, Justin Bieber, Jordan Peele's Get Out, and 27 other subjects, curated in this provocative collection.
— Natalie Beach

Read more:


All the critics praised this book. "So many layers and messages". Of course it's about a marriage which leads to family... which leads to angst....which leads to heart-wrenching characters. In this case it's an emotional journey that takes an in depth look at a marriage that has been dealt a severe blow. Suspenseful and beautifully written it's an engaging and enlightening story.

an american marriage

The quietly devastating effects of mass incarceration hit one recently married couple hard in Tayari Jones’s moving new novel An American Marriage. Roy and Celestial are upwardly mobile Southerners considering expanding their family when Roy is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. The rest of the novel explores the fallout, through letters and deftly-handled switches in points of view. Though it’s a heavy subject, Jones wields a light hand, imbuing Roy, Celestial and their friends and family with nuance and sympathy. What could have been an overwrought, didactic allegory about the prison industrial complex, is instead a subtle, powerful portrayal of ordinary Americans and the human costs of unjust systems. 



"Atmospheric" is the term reviewers have used to set the scene for Lippman's new novel. That immediately commands my attention...This sounds like a captivating story..Don't miss it! According to several blog readers it's a must read....

SUNBURN by Laura Lippman (Psychological Thriller)
Audiobook available, read by Susan Bennett
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. 

Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. 
Yet she stays and he stays --- drawn to this mysterious redhead 
whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course
 of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to 
a steamy, inexorable affair. 

Still, each holds something back from the other --- dangerous
 lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, 
or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each
 other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away --- 
or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand
 the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Reviewed by Ray Palen.
Click here to read more about the book.
Thankyou for this review.


I'm sort of back blogging again.. so many of you reached out, I felt the time had come to stop shopping for our new digs and concentrate on my true passion...Books! And it's a lot cheaper!

A friend recommended PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee and I was hooked! This is an epic novel spanning 500 pages of storytelling written in a simple evocative writing style. No wonder it was a National Book Award Finalist.

Without giving away too much,  it's focus is four generations of a Korean family and all the complicated relationshops and struggles that ensue.

Take this book on your next vacation or staycation ....or anywhere!  I loved it...It made me realize that reading is the true escape!

TAKING A BREAK (December 2017)

Yes, it's the holiday season, but for me it's a moving time of year...literally! After being in the same home for 50 years we're moving to smaller digs and a new community. I'm using this time to pack and purge, but I'll be back blogging in a few months. Have a wonderful holiday season and I'll see you next year!!

Remember, never stop reading!


New this week from The NY Times...

Otto Penzler (Vintage Crime, $25.) Penzler takes what is arguably 
the best part of crime and mystery novels — the villains — 
and packs them into an encyclopedic anthology that manages to cover both Dracula and Dr. Fu Manchu. To be read through a monocle and 
with a sinister sneer. THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOR By Kassia 
St. Clair (Penguin, $20.) Chrome Yellow, Dragon’s Blood and Pitch Black. These are just three of the 75 shades, dyes and hues St. Clair explores as she tells the backstory of the colors that make up our 
world. WHY WE DON’T SUCK By Dr. Denis Leary (Crown Archetype, $27.) Leary, the actor and co-creator of the FX series “Rescue Me” (and doctor by honorary degree), takes “equal 
opportunity aim” at the most partisan issues of our political moment with a mission to #MakeAmericaLaughAgain. PIE & WHISKEY (Sasquatch Books, $19.95.) This project began as a reading series organized by Lebo and Ligon, in which they sent 12 writers a pie and whiskey prompt to inspire new work. Six years later, they have created an anthology that’s just as eclectic, drunk and delicious. THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP By R. Sikoryak (Drawn and Quarterly, $19.95.) Sikoryak, an artist known for his arch comic 
adaptations of literary classics, casts President Trump, along 
with his outlandish claims and alternative facts, as some of the
 most notable villains in comic book history. Wonder Woman is 
now “Nasty Woman” and the Black Panther series is reimagined 
as “The Black Voter.”


I've read every book that Alice Hoffman has written. They always hold my interest and even though I hate fantasy in novels, she seems to make it relatable. THE RULES OF MAGIC is her latest and is a prequel to her bestseller PRACTICAL MAGIC.

The following review is from

The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0)

Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the
sixties, when the whole world is about to change,
 Susanna Owens knows that her three children are
dangerously unique.

Difficult Franny, with skin as pale
as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read
other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent,
who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children:
 No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black,
no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children
visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town
where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that
has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City
each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try,
just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart.
The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered,
and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while
 Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

WHAT AM I READING? (September 2017)

 Celeste Ng is an American author whose first novel, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, was the 2014 winner of the Amazon Book of the Year Award and one of my all time favorites. Her newest book looks like it's another prize winner.. I just started it and am already hooked..Now if I only knew how to pronounce her name!!
Thank you for the review.

Scroll down to September Choices.....

Audiobook available, read by Jennifer Lim
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, 

everything is planned. And no one embodies this spirit more 
Elena Richardson. Enter Mia Warren, who arrives in this idyllic 
bubble with her teenage daughter and rents a house from 
the Richardsons. 

But Mia carries a mysterious past and a disregard for the status 
quo that threatens to upend this community. When family friends 
of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a 
custody battle erupts that divides the town --- and puts Mia and 
Elena on opposing sides.

 Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover
 the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected 
and devastating costs.
 Reviewed by Maya Gittelman.


Claire Messud is an outstanding author. I loved
and am anticipatingreading her latest book
Below find a review
from It says it all!

THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Morgan Hallett
Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school.

They have shared everything, including their desire to escape 
the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of 
Royston, Massachusetts.
 But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie 
sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter 
her oldest friendship. 
THE BURNING GIRL is a complex examination of the stories we tell 
ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles 
childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality. 

Reviewed by Bianca Ambrosio.


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This is a poignantly written descent into marital hell, 
spurred, in no small part, by the pressure of tribal 
mores–even amongst the educated class in Nigeria.
 If you ever thought that yours was the mother/in-law
 from hell,
 Think again.

Barbara S wrote these comments...yes I am going
 to read this! It could be about me!!!


Finally lots of new releases! Check out

The Golden House

The girl next door
Readers, I don’t have to tell you who
Salman Rushdie is. This autumn, he’s back with 
a new novel about a real estate mogul. 
Nero Golden comes to the United States with 
his family, and they quickly install themselves 
in a large home in a glamorous part of Manhattan.
There, they begin new lives. All the while, their 
neighbor, René, is watching them. What 
does René see when watching theGolden clan?

Beneath the veneer of 
glitz and money, René also glimpses 
something.  Rushdie’s latest 
doesn’t disappoint. 
On shelves: September 5

Sing, Unburied, Sing

On the road 
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s
Sing, Unburied, Sing is undoubtedly one of 
the most highly-anticipated books of the 
Mam, Pop, Jojo, Kayla, and Leonie are family.
Leonie is the mother of Jojo and Kayla, but 
the children live with their grandparents, Mam 
and Pop, as Leonie is struggling with 
They reside in rural Mississippi, where Mam 
is losing a battle with cancer. When Jojo and 
Kayla’s father is released from prison, Leonie decides to take the children and go to the Mississippi State Penitentiary to see him. 
Their journey will take readers deep into 
the inner workings of a family that they won’t soon forget. 
On shelves: September 5

Little Fires Everywhere

Won’t you be my neighbor
Settle into Shaker Heights, Ohio in this
new novel from Celeste Ng. Mia Warren and her daughter, Pearl, are just settling into their rental home in Shaker Heights, which they are leasing from Elena Richardson and her family. 
The families grow close, but they 
have real differences: Elena is highly 
motivated by order and boundaries, 
whereas Mia is more of a free, artistic soul. 
When conflict over an adoption forces the 
entire town to choose sides, Elena and Mia find themselves in vehement disagreement 
with one another. 
Soon, Elena decides to investigate Mia’s 
background, and she finds far more than she bargained for.
On shelves: September 12