The Honey Bus

Posted on: June 16, 2020 at 2:42 pm, in

by Meredith May I am one of those people who walks through the park in the Spring and Summer and watches the bees amid the blossoms, fascinated by the industrious creatures that make our world work. Meredith May’s The Honey Bus captures this same sense of wonder, narrating a troubled childhood that only begins to […]

The Henna Artist

Posted on: June 16, 2020 at 2:37 pm, in

by Alka Joshi It is 1950’s India, a time when the traditional is merging with the modern, yet the castes are still very much defined. Teen-aged Lakshmi escapes an abusive marriage to the city of Jaipur and becomes a highly sought-after henna artist. She has worked hard to earn the trust of her ladies – […]

Over the Top

Posted on: June 16, 2020 at 2:35 pm, in

by Jonathan Van Ness Jonathan Van Ness, beloved grooming expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye series, came out with an eye-opening memoir filled with struggle, hurt, and most importantly, love. The effervescent TV personality comes off as a strong, confident, person with plenty of self-love to go around so it came as quite a surprise to […]

Is That a Word?

Posted on: June 2, 2020 at 1:25 pm, in

by David Bukszpan Scrabble is a fantastic way to spend the time with family.  I remember playing it as a kid on family vacations. I remember playing it with my (nerdy) friends on camping trips.  I know that since it was invented in the 30s and especially when it exploded in popularity in the ’50s […]

Chop Suey Nation

Posted on: June 2, 2020 at 12:59 pm, in

by Ann Hui I grew up on the prairies and fondly remember the seemingly exotic Chinese diners in little towns like Nanton, Vulcan and Drumheller, Alberta. As a kid, Chop Suey and the gooey orange sauce over the Sweet & Sour Chicken were my favourites. It was surprising to learn Chinese diner dishes have little […]

The Giver of Stars

Posted on: May 25, 2020 at 9:38 am, in

by Jojo MoyesThe Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes newest novel takes us on a historical journey into the backwoods of Kentucky in the 1930’s. In this period, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had begun a horseback librarian program that would give access to library materials and increase literacy among the remote inhabitants of the Appalachian Mountains. […]

The Family Upstairs

Posted on: May 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm, in

by Lisa JewellFlipping between past and present, this weaving mystery/thriller follows the story of a beautiful mansion in Chelsea and what happened behind closed doors. On Libby Jones’ twenty fifth birthday, she receives an inheritance from her dead parents: a multi-million dollar mansion in Chelsea. Shocked at her reversal of fortunes, she excitedly takes possession […]

The Child Finder

Posted on: May 15, 2020 at 10:57 am, in

By Rene Denfeld Naomi knows all about lost children; after all, she has been lost her whole life. Known as the Child Finder to police and to a handful of parents, Naomi specializes in locating missing children. As a child, Naomi herself was found running in a strawberry field with no recollection of who she […]

The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice

Posted on: May 11, 2020 at 12:43 pm, in

accidental veterinarian by Philipp Schott DVM In search of a funny book to escape from these stressful covid times, I discovered the eBook The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice. The adorable French Bull Dog on the cover snagged my attention. She/he looks like my friend’s floppy puppy Libby who has the charmed life […]

Winter in Paradise

Posted on: May 5, 2020 at 12:13 pm, in

by Elin Hilderbrand Irene and Russel Steele live a very comfortable life in Iowa. Russel’s job takes him away from home much of the time, but Irene doesn’t mind because he earns plenty of money so she doesn’t have to worry. She spends her time renovating their Victorian home and she never doubts his love […]