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August has, so far, been hot and full and lovely. Between (and during) weekend adventures and heat waves, here’s what I have been reading: Horse, Geraldine BrooksI love Brooks’ thoughtful fiction that takes readers to unexpected places – all her novels are so different. This one deals with a discarded painting, a horse skeleton, a […]

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July is (almost) over, and while sweating through a heat wave, here’s what I have been reading: The Mimosa Tree Mystery, Ovidia YuAs World War II rages, the Japanese have occupied Singapore, and Chen Su Lin finds herself coerced into helping them solve the murder of her neighbor, Mr. Mirza. Much grimmer than Su Lin’s […]

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‘Tis the season for summer reading – which for me typically means mysteries, YA and lush, immersive novels. But I’m also reading some thoughtful nonfiction, as always. Here’s the latest roundup: Tokyo Dreaming, Emiko JeanIzumi Tanaka’s new royal life in Tokyo is going all right – until her boyfriend breaks up with her and the […]

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Suddenly, it’s July – the heat is here, as are the occasional summer thunderstorms. Nine days to Walk for Music; a couple weeks until a getaway I’m looking forward to. As we close out June, here’s what I have been reading: Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, Nina TotenbergTotenberg, a longtime […]

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June is flying by, and I’m flying through stacks of review and library books. Here’s what I have been reading: Empathy Economics: Janet Yellen’s Remarkable Rise to Power and Her Drive to Forge Prosperity for All, Owen UllmannJanet Yellen is a fascinating figure: not only is she the first woman to hold several key US […]

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We are nearly halfway through June, and it’s finally (sometimes) sit-outside-and-read weather. Here’s what I have been reading: Fencing with the King, Diana Abu-JaberTo celebrate the King of Jordan’s 60th birthday, Gabriel Hamdan (once the King’s favorite fencing partner) and his daughter, Amani, travel back to their home country. Reeling from her divorce, Amani becomes […]

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We’ve made it to the end of May – with a serious dose of heavy headline news, lately. I am doing my best to stay engaged, but escaping into books when I need to. Here’s the latest roundup: The Many Meanings of Meilan, Andrea WangI found this wonderful middle-grade novel at the library and read […]

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We’re halfway through May (I think?) and I’ve been blowing through review books and mysteries, as per usual. Here’s what I have been reading: This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After, Elizabeth CraneCrane had a good marriage – or thought she did – until her husband admitted he wasn’t happy. This memoir chronicles […]

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We’re nearly a week into May and I have been diving into books when life feels like too much, as usual. Here’s what I have been reading: Just Haven’t Met You Yet, Sophie CousensJournalist Laura LeQuesne has always believed in love – helped along in part by her parents’ epic love story. But when Laura […]

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Somehow it’s May tomorrow – and I have been reading up a storm. Here’s the latest roundup: How to Find Your Way Home, Katy ReganEmily has spent years scanning every crowd for her estranged brother’s face – but she never expects him to walk in the door of the housing office where she works. She invites […]

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