Arsenic and Adobo

Bob’s Pick: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala Mabuhay! or Welcome! to the first of a series of murder mysteries collectively known as the “Tita Rosie” series. Ms. Manansala introduces us to a world involving a Filipino community living in Shady Palms, a suburb just outside the city of Chicago. The main character of the…

The Bad Guys

Rebecca’s Pick: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Straying a little from my usual picks I give you: The Bad Guys. Is it a children’s graphic novel? Yes. Are there fart jokes? Yes, lots. But, stick with me, this is a fun one that adults can enjoy – with or without kids! Just because a…

Mary Jane: a novel

Cori’s Pick:  Mary Jane: a novel by Jessica Anya Blau Today I offer the third installment of summer Beach Read Season 2021!  I’m switching it up a bit with this recommendation in that it’s not a romance, but a coming-of-age story that I completely fell in love with.  It transported me to a decade that…

The Maidens

Stephanie’s Pick: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides Alex Michaelides, author of the twisty New York Times best seller The Silent Patient, is back at it again with his sophomore novel The Maidens. Set in the academic world of Cambridge University Michaelides incorporates ancient Greek mythology into this fast-paced psychological mystery. But don’t worry, you don’t…

Life’s Too Short

Cori’s Pick: Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez Welcome to the second installment of Beach Read Season 2021!  Are you sweating?  Yeah, me too, but I’m just happy to be here.  The good news is there are so many great books out right now to distract us from the cruel Florida heat.  Life’s Too Short…

Farewell, My Lovely

Bob’s Pick: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler It is the 1940’s. You live in Los Angeles, California. You open the door to the local bar and grill. You are immediately greeted by a tsunami of cigarette smoke and your visibility becomes near zero. With outstretched hands, you guide yourself to the nearest barstool and…

People We Meet on Vacation

Cori’s Pick: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry I took a look at this week’s forecast and noticed the temperatures would be above 90 every day.  (tell me you live in Florida without telling me you live in Florida) and so with that, I believe BEACH READ SEASON has officially begun!   Also, we…

The Buried Giant

Bob’s Pick: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro This book piqued my curiosity. It is written by a Japanese gentleman, who happens to be one of Great Britain’s greatest authors. In fact, Mr. Ishiguro won the Noble prize for literature in 2017. I was duly impressed and just had to read this novel. After reading…

Hamnet

Jane’s Pick: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Hamnet is a fictionalized account of the death of Shakespeare’s young son Hamnet, but the story isn’t about Shakespeare at all – his name is never mentioned. He is, in turns, called the Latin tutor, the father, the husband. This is one of my favorite aspects of the book,…

The Charmed Wife

Jane’s Pick: The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin At a glance, The Charmed Wife is a modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinderella and Prince Charming have now been married 13 years, and all is not so happily ever after. The Charmed Wife is such an unusual and original book and saying too much about…