Jan Stafford Kellis

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This is another book I allowed to gather dust on my shelf, but once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down! This is the true story of Cheryl Strayed’s 1100+ mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m so glad Cheryl hiked this trail, because now I don’t…

Broken For You

Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos, (Grove Press, 2004, 400 pages). Septuagenarian Margaret Hughes has a brain tumor. Instead of pursuing traditional, radical life-saving treatment, she decides to change her life, starting with advertising for a boarder to share her Seattle mansion. Margaret’s mansion houses thousands of precious porcelain dishes…

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Kate is a single mom and a successful litigation attorney; Amelia is her fifteen-year-old daughter. Their relationship is closer than most mother-daughter connections, but not as close as either of them believe. Amelia is a star student at the private school she attends—she plays field hockey, earns high marks, and…

The Boston Girl

For those who’ve read other Anita Diamant books, this one is completely different from her others, but that won’t be a surprise as they’re all different and fabulous in their own right. This book is written in the style of a one-sided interview. A grandmother, Addie Baum Metsky, is telling…

The Aviator’s Wife

  The is a work of historical fact-based fiction. The author did piles of research, including reading the diaries of Anne and Charles Lindbergh, and she used real events and a few fictionalized events to weave this engrossing story of a marriage in the spotlight of the world. When they…

Book Shuffling

Behold the To-Be-Read Stack: an obelisk of books awaiting my perusal. It’s constructed of pride (whose stack is bigger?) and potential, held together by the promise of a page-turning frenzy. The TBR Stack begs notice. The TBR Stack is a side effect of my reading addiction, and the only way…

The Word That You Heard

FREE Kindle copy of The Word That You Heard available now! Do you miss the 80s? Are you a (slightly) manic fan of John Travolta? Have you ever wondered what life is like in the mysterious, backwoods culture of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Grab your FREE copy of The Word That…

Recipe of the Month: May 2015

This soup is perfect for a Bookworms Anonymous chapter meeting, and you can pick two of the main ingredients in the woods or your own back yard, if you happen to live in the UP. If not, you can find the ingredients at your local supermarket. Best served with tossed…

The Outside Boy

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cummins plops you down in 1950’s Ireland, where Christy tells his own coming-of-age story. It begins with the death of his grandfather, and the slow spilling of long-held family secrets. Christy and his family are travellers—gypsies—who live on…

7 Secrets of the Prolific

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block by Hillary Rettig My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hillary Rettig delivers everything she promises within the covers of Seven Secrets of the Prolific. I consumed this book alongside two fiction selections, and reading…