Even if you're not an animal lover, this one has that gotcha factor: after all, who could resist the pathos of Disney's Dumbo? And this is the story behind that very Disney tale, without all the candyfloss. The story follows Modoc as a ba...read more
This is my new favorite Christmas story. It's a short children's picture book packed with such a wallop you can't help but choke up at its surprise ending.
Frankie is a poor boy in the Appalachians back in the 1940's who benefits every year fr...read more
"There's an old adage I read somewhere. It says each of us is given second chances every day of our lives; it's just that we don't usually take them." This is the opening line of a remarkable true story of a London busker or street musician, how ...read more
Who would want to read about someone who lived all over the world, dined in some of the fanciest restaurants and hobnobbed with the high society of another era? I would! Once in a while you just need a little escapism in your life.
Food critic Moira...read more
Every once in a while a book comes along that is so remarkable and has such a great story to it, that you just want to shout it out to everyone. The Plum Tree is just such a book. The novel traces a young girl and her family living through the ten...read more
I don't usually read mysteries, but this series caught my eye. It probably had a lot to do with the story being set in World War II London, a favorite period of mine to read about. As soon as I started with Susan MacNeal's first book, "Mr. Church...read more
This is a lighthearted, enjoyable and engaging read, one Anglophiles, in particular, will enjoy.
Constance Harding is a middle-aged housewife in Surrey, England, who so wants a perfect life, but is continually confounded by her grown children and hu...
Currently, in the U.K., there is a new BBC series that is drawing in a bigger audience than Downton Abbey. It is Call the Midwife, based on a memoir of a midwife in postwar London's East End slums. The midwife is Jennifer Worth, who works with a co...read more
When journalist Pamela Druckerman moved to Paris, married a Brit and started a family, she couldn't help but notice how well-behaved French children were. What were French parents doing so differently, she wondered, since their kids never seemed to ...read more
Ready for a light-hearted, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud read? Then I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella fits the bill.
In this story by the author of the popular Shopaholic series, the main character, Poppy, a loveable, zany, but well-meaning ph...read more
Fans of Downton Abbey will undoubtedly enjoy this well-written story of a wealthy young Viennese Jewish girl, Elise, who, in 1938, applies to be a parlor maid in England in order to escape the oncoming Nazi occupation.
She gets the job, but is hampe...read more
This is a mesmerizing story set in the remote Scottish island chain of St. Kilda and tells the tale of a young minister and his wife who come to Christianize and civilize the primitive and isolated community in the 1830's. What is really intriguing ...read more
This is an utterly fascinating and readable true story of Ambassador William Dodd and family's experiences living in pre-WWII Berlin.
A mild-mannered professor from Chicago who was not Franklin Roosevelt's first choice for ambassador, Dodd brings al...read more
This book is so much more than the wartime nostalgia that the cover hints at.
After the wars ends, husband and father Janusz is reunited with his Polish housewife Silvana and son, Aurek. He has set them up in his pride and joy: a proper English hou...read more
If you're looking for a big, fat book to lose yourself in this summer, pack up East of the Sun by Julia Gregson. In the time between the wars, three Englishwomen find themselves on their way to Bombay for three very different reasons. One, Rose, bea...read more
It's not your usual Amish fare. The heroine, Sienna Collins, is a Philadelphia ad executive suspended from her job while she's under investigation by the federal government for crimes she knows nothing about. She heads to her Harmony Grove B &...read more
At last a cookbook whose recipes do not disappoint! In fact, the meals produced from these pages exceeded my expectations. Emeril Lagasse, longtime Food Network TV chef, as well as reknowned chef in his own right and proponent of flavorful food, h...read more
Perhaps you thought the hilarious Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella had exhausted itself...think again! A true shopper never dies or cures herself -- she just reinvents herself!
We have seen Becky Bloomwood Brandon go from young twenties-somethi...read more
This is a fascinating account of all we know of waves, how ships have been swallowed by them, how scientists map them and seek to discover the origins of rogue waves, how waves can potentially sweep away whole coastlines, how tsunamis travel huge dis...read more
Operation Mincemeat was a cleverly devised plan concocted by two intelligence officers in 1943 London that sought to deceive the Nazis into thinking the Allies would attack Greece and Sardinia and not the actual-intended Sicily. Their idea was to ge...read more
Who would have ever have thought that an ordinary housewife's diary would be interesting? When England's "Mass Observation" experiment started in 1937, intending to foster a "science of ourselves" by setting up hundreds of volunteers to write d...read more
This is a story about a boy named Willie, a scrawny, scared little thing who, during World War II, is evacuated from London to the English countryside. He is taken in a bit reluctantly by a gruff old man, a widower, Mr. Tom who soon realizes th...read more
This is the story of a New York City secretary in a dead-end job, who decides to cook every recipe in Julia child's massive cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Not only did she cook every recipe, but blogged about it, too, and eventu...read more
The recent popularity of the movie Julie and Julia may lead to you read the book of the same name by Julie Powell, and even check out the cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but what you may enjoy even more is the story of Julia Chil...read more
Middle school can be difficult enough even if you're a normal kid, but when you arrive there from being homeschooled on a farm commune by your hippie grandmother, you are pretty much doomed. Thus Cap Anderson finds himself an oddity (never ate ...read more
In this light and frothy fast-paced romp about a stolen multi-million dollar wine collection, (think $100,000 bottles) insurance detectives representing a firm reluctant to pay out the claim follow the trail of the suspected thief to some ...read more
Paulsen is known primarily for his Newbery medal book Hatchet (the story of a boy stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with only a hatchet,) but in a way, The Voyage of the Frog, is superior, having a soul-searching beauty missi...read more
For everyone who thinks life would have been better a hundred years ago, Manhattan executive Logan Ward does more than talk about it, he does it. He and his family were trying to be green in their New York City high-rise, but finally they caved...read more
It's a funny, witty, yet heart-rending and warm coming-of-age story that puts you inside the head of thirteen-year old Jeffrey, a high school student, who seems just like any other kid. He loves to play drums, has a crush on the hottest girl in schoo...read more
It usually starts with a seed of a thing: a boy growing up in the Ozark Mountains reads The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and is inspired to write just such a grand book. What he put into it is probably the best advice given all ...read more
This book is much more than meets the eye, because although it seems to be just a graphic novel with its comic strip narration, it tells a real story-of the author's childhood in Iran during those critical years of their own revolution and war with I...read more