Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle
December 3, 2019, Berkley Books
Theme: Temporary amnesia. Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park and has no idea she's been missing for the past week. Clare's missing memory is tied to a crime she witnessed.
A Time for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land
November 26, Berkley
Theme: Jessica Fletcher returns to high school to investigate the murder of an old colleague, while we also go back in time to meet Jessica as a young teacher solving her very first murder
Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen, June 12, 2019, Mira Books.
Theme: A sort of modern-day magical fairy tale about a Forest Service employee who decides to follow his dream to live outdoors and find "Harry's Trees." This, to heal grief after the sudden death of his wife. Harry also helps a ten-year-old child deal with her own grief after the death of her father.
What books are you reading this week?
Nov 11, 2019
It's Monday: What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date.
Nov 10, 2019
Shot through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle, October 31, 2019, Berkley
Contractor Shannon Hammer tries to clear the name of her tech billionaire pal who is accused of murder at a conference on eco-living
The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Krista Davis
November 26, 2019, Berkley Books
There are several books by different authors with the same title as this one, but this is the most recent, the 6th in the Paws and Claws Mystery series
Inn owner Holly Miller has to prove that her dog Trixie is really hers, when a stranger claims he is the rightful owner.
November 26, 2019, Berkley Books
A new historical mystery case featuring Lady Cecilia Bates and her intuitive Manor House cat Jack, in England, 1912
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Nov 1, 2019
The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand, October 22, 2019, William Morrow
Genre: nonfiction, ecology
"Brand has studied foxes for twenty years across four continents—from the Yucatán rainforest to India’s remote Thar Desert, from subarctic Canada to metropolitan London. Her observations have convinced her that the fox is arguably the most modern of all wildlife, uniquely suited to survival in the rapidly expanding urban/wild interface."
In the Shadow of Power by Viveca Sten, October 22, 2019, Amazon Crossing
The new summer house on Sandhamn Island in the Swedish archipelago is an architectural dream for its owner, Carsten Jonsson. It’s a nightmare for the locals. When a body is found, Detective Inspector Thomas Andreasson isn’t sure if it’s murder or a tragic accident.
On the home front, it's been raining for a few days now and windy and cold. We took a walk this afternoon in the park when it warmed up to the mid 40s, dressed in our winter clothes, of course. I may not be quite ready for winter!
Oct 28, 2019
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The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury, October 8, 2019, Flatiron Books
Juliet, a dedicated book lover, is hired as a passeur, one who takes used books out into the world and matches them with likely readers. My lovely library find.
What books are you enjoying this week?
Oct 25, 2019
|Talking to Strangers|
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell, September 10, 2019, Allen Lane. Personal copy.
INTRODUCTION"Step out of the car!"
In July 2015 a young African American woman named Sandra Bland drove from her hometown of Chicago to a little town an hour west of Houston, Texas. She was interviewing for a job at Prairie View A&M University, the school she had graduated from a few years before. She was tall and striking with a personality to match....
The chapter goes on to describe the verbal exchange between Sandra and a Texas police officer who had pulled her over for failing to signal a lane change. The end result is that upstanding, educated, and blameless Sandra was arrested, handcuffed and thrown into jail. Three days later, she took her own life in prison.
And so begins this book, Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell, on strangers meeting and the misunderstandings and false assumptions that can sometimes result in tragic outcomes.
Misreading strangers can lead to a guilty Bernie Madoff being trusted by duped investors, to an innocent Amanda Knox being incarcerated for years and tried for a crime for which she was later exonerated. Spies high up in government have been misread by the CIA and trusted with secrets the spies regularly leaked to a foreign power. And it goes on...
A fascinating book that I read cover to cover in just a few days, intrigued by the facts the author presented to make his case. People are not as transparent as they may seem to us. They may be something completely different.
Most people will give suspicious people the benefit of the doubt, which is good for society to run smoothly, in general, but which can be disastrous when their judgment is wrong. This is part of Gladwell's conclusions on this topic, and just a part of what the book has to say about how we interact with and interpret the actions and behavior of a variety of strangers.
The next three chapters of Talking to Strangers are devoted to the ideas of a psychologist named Tim Levine, who has thought as much about the problem of why we are deceived by strangers as anyone in social science....The book is persuasive, well researched, and thought-provoking. It will make you think twice or three times about the validity of your initial reaction to a stranger, positive or negative, whoever they may be.
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Oct 19, 2019
First in a new mystery series:
Genre: WWII historical mystery series, with Air Raid Warden and sleuth Poppy Redfern.
Location: Remote English village, 1942
Four cozy mysteries:
by Laura Childs, October 1, 2019, Berkley Books|
Carmela and Ava solve a murder during Jazz Fest in New Orleans
The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans by JoAnna Carl,
November 5, 2019, Berkley Books.
House flipping turns deadly in this Chocoholic Mystery.
City of Scoundrels by Victoria Thompson
November 5, 2019, Berkley
Historical mystery set during the Great War.
A psychological thriller:
The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan, September 10, 2019, William Morrow
A seven-year-old grows up wondering why her nanny left without a trace, and why.
Current library books:
|The Ungrateful Refugee|
This Is How I Save My Life by Amy B. Scher, April 10, 2018, Gallery Books
Genre: memoir of a woman who travels from California to India in search of a life saving medical procedure to cure her Lyme disease.
What have you been reading this month?
Oct 5, 2019
My Coney Island Baby by Jonathan Cape, published January 17th, 2019
The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake, a Canadian author, April 2016, Doubleday
There are no new books on my desk but quite a few ebooks on my Kindle, thanks to Kindle Unlimited and First Reads.
It's very cool tonight but warm tomorrow. We have had a roller coaster of temperatures this summer and fall and never know what to expect from week to week. I have hibiscus blooming in the yard for the second time this year, while all the other flowers have died off, including the sedum above.
I have been enjoying ice cream mochi from Whole Foods. Sweet rice dough made into balls filled with ice cream. I love the vanilla and the green tea ice cream fillings.
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