"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book." STEPHEN FRY
An excellent novel about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during WWII, seen through the eyes of a young Dutch teen who joins the German Navy.
Frank writes about a gay couple whose relationship spins out of control when they're confronted with a tragedy. Excellent!
One of my favorite novels! A father and his daughter search throughout Europe for the wife/mother who has abandoned them. A dark and thought provoking book.
Choo's mesmerizing novel, set in 1930s Malaya, is a rich and haunting story following the journeys of Ren, an 11 year-old houseboy; and Ji Lin, a young seamstress/dance hall girl. Such a wonderful piece of work!
I found this novel to be riveting and very moving. Navin explores grief in all of its manifestations and lets us see the aftermath of a school shooting through a first grader's eyes. Very powerful!
This compassionate and heartbreaking novel is the best book I've read this year. I guarantee a great discussion for your reading group.
A touching novel set in a small English village during and after WWII. A story about love and loss. Ellen Parr is a character you won't forget.
Rodgers and Hammerstien musicals have been part of my life as far back as I can remember. (I own 4 different CDS of "The Sound of Music".) Purdum's book is a fine tribute to the pair.
Set on the shores of Lake Superior, this intricate family saga is beautifully written. Doe the reading world need more lighthouse stories? Yes, if it's this one!
In this fascinating novel, writer James Smale has just sold his novel to Viking/Doubleday. His editor? None other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The relationship between Mrs. Onassis and James grows as they work to improve his book. And so does James's relationship with his mother.
An intimate and compelling look at the complicated life of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein written by his daughter.
Excellent novel about an evangelical preacher who changes his religious views when he's ostracized by his congregation after accepting a gay couple into his flock. He flees his small Tennessee town with his son when his wife demands full custody. Great father/son relationship.