Jan Stafford Kellis

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna QuindlenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Of course this is a 5-star book; does Anna Quindlen write any other kind? This is the story of the self-reinvention of famed photographer Rebecca Winter. Divorced, alone, broke and dispirited, Rebecca sublets her beloved Manhattan apartment…

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen FlinnMy rating: 5 of 5 stars What’s not to love here? Family, fishing, foibles and food are all part of this fabulous Michigan memoir that includes the recipes mentioned in the…

Home Front

Home Front

Home Front: A Novel by Kristin HannahMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is the story of an incredibly strong woman learning to live with some weakness, some vulnerability, and some reliance on others.  Jolene is a black hawk pilot in the National Guard, and she’s deployed, along with her best…

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna TarttMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the best book I’ve read in a long time, from the first page to the last.  I listened to the Audible version, which was so well done, I didn’t read a word in the paper version (although I…

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel JoyceMy rating: 5 of 5 stars When Harold Fry receives a card from former co-worker Queenie Hennesey telling him she’s dying of cancer, he sets off on a 600-mile walk to see her.  He does this without a plan, a map, or…

Bookworms Anonymous

Bookworms Anonymous

It’s here! You can find your copy on Amazon.com.   The women are gathered again! Bookworms Anonymous is a non-traditional reading group established in 2000, comprised of seven women in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They meet monthly to share a gourmet vegetarian meal and discuss and swap books. Part memoir, part…

Bookworms Anonymous Volume II

Bookworms Anonymous Volume II

Coming Soon:  Bookworms Anonymous Volume Two! If you enjoyed the first volume, you’ll love this one!   Part memoir, part cook book, part love letter to reading, Bookworms Anonymous Volume Two allows the reader to attend meetings of everyone’s favorite book club.  Enjoy more book reviews, more recipes and an…

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie FlackMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this book on the recommendation of the Curtis (Michigan) Library Reading Group, and it was fantastic!  The story takes you into the inner workings of a ballet company in Manhattan.  Hannah Ward, the main character, is nineteen years old…

Me Before You

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMy rating: 4 of 5 stars When the diner where Louisa Clark works closes and she loses her job, she tries a few unpalatable positions (including one at a chicken factory) before finding a position as a caretaker for a quadraplegic man.  Will Traynor had…

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf by Jodi PicoultMy rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s a Jodi Picoult…what can I say?  It’s engrossing, has multiple narrators with interesting personalities, and it finishes with a satisfying ending. Luke Warren enjoys a minor celebrity status for his enthusiastic wolf studies, which include living with the wolves…