Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean Pendziwol Recommended by Kelsey Timmer Age range: 4-7 years Beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated, this engaging gem paints a poetic picture of a serene winter night. Summary from Amazon.com: In this exquisite lullaby, the beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold, with images of a soft … Continue reading For children: Once Upon a Northern Night
The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe Recommended by Kristie Sadowsky Summary from GoodReads.com: Gritty, heartrending and unputdownable – the story of two sisters sent first to an English, then an Australian orphanage in the aftermath of World War 2. Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a … Continue reading For historical fiction fans: The Throwaway Children
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert Recommended by Diane, who called it an "interesting story with a side of history." Summary from GoodReads.com: This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel … Continue reading For historical fiction fans: Moloka’i
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Recommended by the Beulah-Hazen Bookworm Book Club Summary from kristinhannah.com: In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France… but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of … Continue reading For historical fiction fans: The Nightingale
Breakfast at Sally's by Richard LeMieux Recommended by Craig Kohl Summary from Amazon: Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive … Continue reading For autobiography fans: Breakfast at Sally’s
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Recommended by Carol Boeckel Synopsis from Amazon: This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?
Fixing My Gaze by Susan R. Barry Recommended by Carol Boeckel Synopsis from Google Books: When neuroscientist Susan Barry was fifty years old, she experienced the sense of immersion in a three dimensional world for the first time. Skyscrapers on street corners appeared to loom out toward her like the bows of giant ships. Tree branches … Continue reading For autobiography fans: Fixing My Gaze