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Lyndsay Faye

This will be hard to beat as a best book of 2019. Fabulous story, amazing tone, language, and spirit. 

Gary Giddons

The Second volume of the Bing Crosby Biography. Detailed, fascinating, and a period piece of one of the great icons of American Music. 

T. H. White

Because we've never read it! And it is recommended as one of the books everyone should read. King Arthur and Knights of The Round Table!

2018 Favorites

A Well Behaved Woman

Terrese Anne Fowler has written a novel of The Vanderbilts. It's one of our favorites of the year. All that money doesn't prevent heartache. An especially intriguing story with period detail. Highly recommended!


A World on Edge

From Vickie at Bookends, a recommendation for History buffs by Daniel Schonflug. The end of The Great War and the Dawn of a New Age. 

Dear Mrs. Bird

I just adored this small, charming book by  A.J. Pearce. Set in London during the war, a young writer thinks she will be working for a big newspaper, but finds herself as an assistant to an old fashioned advice columnist. It is funny, sweet, and at times heart breaking. A wonderful read in 2018. 

The Jane Hawk Series

Vickie at Bookends recommends this series by Dean Koontz for suspense fans. Dean Koontz never fails, and the whole series begins with "The Silent Corner"

Destiny and Power

Jon Meacham's biography of George H.W. Bush has new attention since the passing of our 41st President. This is a great book for lovers of Presidential history. Copies are available at Bookends in NMB. 

Where The Crawdads Sing

Deliah Owens has hit a home run with her first Novel. Set in the Outerbanks of North Carolina in the 1960's and the 1990's. Murder? A young woman living alone in the marshland. One of the most beautifully written books in recent memory, with a simple yet affecting story. Marvelous and listed as one of the top books of the year by many critics.

GIANT - The Making of a Legendary Film

I love books about great American Movies, and this book and film capture all that was Hollywood in a golden era. 

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

This one caught me by surprise. Part historical fiction, part time travel. Charming and engaging and full of character. 

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Something Wonderful

THE Story of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Every musical, every movie. Fabulous. 

Great Books

Glass Houses

Louise Penny writes with poetic beauty. And her characters are intensely alive and passionate. Armand Gamache head of Police in Montreal. Murder. Drugs. The amazing small village of Three Pines. Not necessary to read the series in order, but it might help. 

Beneath A Ruthless Sun

Gilbert King has documented a horrific time in a small Florida town from the 1950's through the early 1970's. Hard to believe this stuff was real, but the Sheriff McColl's of the world  existed.

The Madonna of The Mountains

The Madonna of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida is set in Italy from the rise of facism through the early 1950's. It centers on one woman and her family. An abusive husband, Achiles, a son who takes after his father, Primo, and their lives struggling the the political turmoil of the era. At times frustratingly intense. Beautifully written.

Recent Recommendations

Greeks Bearing Gifts

Phillip Kerr's final Bernie Gunther novel before his untimely passing. It is now the 1950's and Bernie Gunther finds himself mixed up in murder, gold, and Nazi's in Greece. Always intense and thoughtful, Phillip Kerr writes with passion of a flawed but honest Bernie Gunther. 

The Outsider

Stephen King can write. It's really that simple. His latest is a mystery, but because he is Stephen King things are not as they seem. A beloved coach is arrested for a horrific murder. He insists he is innocent, and in fact he has ironclad alibi's. Yet witnesses clearly identify him. A great Stephen King novel. Again. 

Something Wonderful

If you love Classic Broadway, this is a love song you'll adore. The story of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the story of the golden age of Broadway. 

The Judge Hunter

Fun, funny, and full of true history, Buckley's latest is set in pre-revolutionary war New England. Politics and political factions drive the story of "Balty" searching for two judges not loyal to the crown. It's big characters and a fun adventure. 

Giant - The Making of a Legendary Film

I love books about classic movies, and even though "Giant" was never one of my favorites, this new book is a lively portrait of classic film making. Part biography of the stars (Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean) it is also a technical playbook of how the classic came to be. From director to producer, small parts to big settings, Giant is a classic movie well presented.

The Women In The Castle

Post WWII Germany and frequent flashbacks to the war and before. Marianne, Benita, and Ania living in an old Castle. Each suuports the others, but each struggles with the past. So many shades of gray. Who looked away? Who tried? Who failed? It is fiction, but a strong and important story.

Previous Recommendations

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

Quirky, funny, emotional story of two world that come together through a time travelling door. Contemporary San Francisco and 1880's Kansas. 

The Jersey Brothers

The true life story of three brothers serving in the Navy during the War in The Pacific and the search for the missing one. Outstanding history, and an emotional family story. 


The Winter Sisters

Set in Albany, NY post Civil War. Missing children, snow storms, floods, and an amazing woman Doctor. Historical fiction done well.


I'll Be Gone In The Dark

She died before finishing, but this story of serial rapist and murderer known as E.A.R. (East Area Rapist) from California, is thorough, obsessive, and intense. It is fascinating to say the least...


Let Me Lie

Clare Mackintosh writes contemporary thrillers based in London. Strong characters drive strong plot. One of the best contemporary writers of mystery thrillers. 


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