Jan Stafford Kellis
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

The Highest Tide by Jim LynchMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my favorite kind of story: Intriguing character I wish I could meet (13-year-old Miles O’Malley), a healthy dose of information about something I know little about (in this case, the tidal pools near Olympia, Washington) and a…

The Dog Year by Ann Wertz Garvin

The Dog Year by Ann Wertz Garvin

The Dog Year by Ann Wertz GarvinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Step inside The Dog Year and meet Dr. Lucy Peterman, a plastic surgeon struggling to navigate her life after losing her husband and unborn child. She copes by stealing hospital supplies and stockpiling them in her bedroom. Until…

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…

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…

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…

What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriartyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I spent the last three days engrossed in the story of Alice and her sudden memory loss.  It begins when she falls off her bike in spin class;  when she comes to, she believes it’s 1998 (it’s actually 2008)…

The Third Son

The Third Son

The Third Son by Julie  WuMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I was not in the mood to read about a Taiwanese immigrant (I’ve read many immigrant stories lately), but when I started this book, I couldn’t put it down.  Saburo, the main character, is the third son of a…

It’s All Relative

It’s All Relative

It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine by Wade RouseMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Wade Rouse takes the reader on a year-long journey through holidays large and small, sharing his experiences in his signature self-deprecating way.  The book progresses from New Year’s…

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria SempleMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A fun, fabulous tale told by Bernadette’s daughter Bee (short for Balakrishna) through the use of emails, notes and internal narration.  The story takes place in Seattle, where Bernadette, her husband Elgin and Bee live in a dilapidated…

Range of Motion

Range of Motion

Range Of Motion by Elizabeth BergMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the realistic, yet somehow uplifting, story of a wife’s grief over her comatose husband.  The first few lines of the book reveal Lainey’s numb shock over the absurdity of her husband becoming the victim of a large…