The Christie Affair: A Novel By Nina de Gramont Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250274618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 1st, 2022

This book made me abandon my to-do list. It is not a hot romance about an affair; rather it is one of the most well written stories I've read about the bond between mother and child. The writing is creative and dynamic. It has inspired me to read my first book by Agatha Christie and it has filled me with gratitude for the gift of motherhood. 

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) By Min Jin Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Pachinko is a powerful historical novel that takes the reader into a Korean's family's challenges living in Japan through the 20th century. It is a heart wrenching story of struggle, grief, and the hardship that can come from buried secrets. It is a moving story that is full of insight about a time and place. If you read to learn this is a novel not to miss. 

The Good Left Undone: A Novel By Adriana Trigiani Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183328
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Published: Dutton - April 26th, 2022

A family saga about the burden of secrets of the heart that we sometimes bury to survive. A  story about motherhood and all of its layers, and about the importance of having a purpose in life to help see things more clearly. It is a story that takes you from Scotland to a small village in Italy spanning the last 100 years. Trigiani is a masterful storyteller weaving in wisdom within the backdrop of important history.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine By Alex Brunkhorst Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778318873
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Published: Mira Books - April 26th, 2016

I had fun reading this fast paced novel that takes you into the lives of the elites in Hollywood. It is a creative coming of age love story that leaves you wanting to know what happens next to Matilda Duplaine. 

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life By Thich Nhat Hanh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553351392
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Published: Bantam - March 1st, 1992

An approachable read inspiring us to slow down, notice, and be present. Thich Nhat Hahn is a spiritual leader who embodies gentleness with endless wisdom. 

Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe By Laura Lynne Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399591617
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 2nd, 2020

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is open to the unknown of the afterlife and has lost a loved one. I find it a story of hope inspiring the possibility that our loved ones who have died are still with us if we are open to the signs. 

Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525511328
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Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

Any book with a touch of clairvoyance catches my eye. So yes a book about a young woman with her family gift of seeing the past and future in the tea leaves I am going to read. It was a worthy read taking me into “Little Lights” difficult life in Denver Co in the 1930s. Though her life was full of challenges she found hope and light as did those around. 

The Paper Palace: A Novel By Miranda Cowley Heller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593329832
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 19th, 2022

If you liked the tv series The Sopranos grab this book! Heller was one of the writers for the show and has proven herself a great novelist as well as screenwriter with her first novel. It is a raw authentic story with many dynamic characters about the burden and weight of secrets.

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Allow this book to take you on a trip to Italy starting in the 1950s. Through the story of friendship we can gain insight into a time and place. Ferrante creates her characters in a way that you will not want to lose them which is great as this is just book one of the Neoplitan Quartet. 

Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

Lynn is right! There is so much to admire about this debut novel. I absolutely loved everything about it from the colorful cover to the dynamic content. Yes the story is about an older lady that befriends an octopus and that did make me pause. But if you have seen the documentary, My Octopus Teacher, the plot isn’t actually far-fetched. It is a beautiful story about grief, about friendship, about human and animal connections. It is a truly feel good story with just a little bit of mystery making it a fast paced read. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!

Gift from the Sea: 50th-Anniversary Edition By Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Reeve Lindbergh (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Reeve Lindbergh (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780679732419
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Published: Pantheon - January 30th, 1991

A timeless treasure worth rereading or reading for the first time to remind ourselves of the value of slowing down. Lindbergh's writing makes reading this book feel like an honest conversation with a wise dear friend. 

The Shadow of the Wind By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by) Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

This book is a celebration of all books. It is a mystery that takes you to Spain in the 1950s through old mansions, inside bookstores and on the streets. It is a story about how books can change lives as they capture our personal stories that sometimes we do not want to face or admit. 

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel By Jan-Philipp Sendker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590514634
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Published: Other Press - January 31st, 2012

I read this book several years ago and it is one of those books that stays with you. If you are looking for a story of resilience and love read this book. If you are ready to allow a book to take you to Burma, Asia read this book. And if you are ready for a break from Colleen Hoover, and love a good romance - this is just the pick. 

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life By Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401307783
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Published: Hachette Books - January 5th, 2005

This is my favorite book to inspire a daily meditation practice. It is book you can leave out bedside and open to any chapter. It is full of simple insights guiding us on how to be present and cultivate mindfulness in everyday life. It is an approachable meditation guidebook that can be returned to again and again. 

The Paris Secret By Natasha Lester Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538717288
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Published: Forever - September 15th, 2020

The Paris Secret is a story about heroic women pilots that played an integral part in bringing an end to WWII. A vivid historical novel that intertwines families with a satisfying unexpected twist. It masterfully juxtaposes the horror of concentration camps to the glamor of Christian Dior's gowns. A favorite book for me as I learned about a time and place I knew little about and most of all, The Paris Secret, reminded me of our boundless capabilities.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed By Lori Gottlieb Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328662057
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

When I read this book I actually did not realize it was a memoir. It reads like a novel and is full of insight and inspiration for self reflection. Gottlieb takes us into her world as a therpapist and takes it one step further when she decides she too is ready for therapy. Her personal story is vulnerably honest and funny. 

Fly Girl: A Memoir By Ann Hood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324006237
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2022

I picked this book because we have an upcoming event with the author, Ann Hood and I am married to an avid flier. Hood shares her experience as a TWA flight attendant from 1978 to 1986. She captures the significant changes in the industry while also sharing her empowering experience as a flight attendant. The experience changed her life and her parents through many opportunities to travel. It provided Ann the inspiration and confidence for her writing career that follows. It is a worthy read for anyone who is interested in the world of aviation, travel and just a good coming of age story. 

The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) By Joan Didion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

Joan invites you into her life and unfortunately tragedy right from the first page. This is not a beach read but I highly recommend this book to someone who is supporting someone who has lost a loved one. Joan's honest sharing of her grief provides space and understanding for grief in a way that is meaningful and useful. 

Good Eggs: A Novel By Rebecca Hardiman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982164300
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Published: Atria Books - March 15th, 2022

I appreciate this debut novel by Rebecca Hardiman, Good Eggs, for her ability to bring humor to what can be a challenging circumstance, caring for elderly parents. The aging parent, Millie, would like to maintain her independence but her son thinks not. The perfect home-aide arrives to help but things don't go quite as planned leading to adventure. A perfect summer read, not a typical beach read, rather a witty read about family dynamics.

The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

If you are looking for a book to read out loud this summer to a child, look no further! This is it! It is a heart warming story about true friendship and change. Enjoy the book and then the movie! 

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

I gave this book to my dad as a gift and then he gave it back to me as he enjoyed it so much and said I must read it. I did and agree with him and many others that this a treasure of a book. I especially appreciate the relationship between father and daughter. Marie-Laure's father builds a model town to help Marie-Laure navigate life blind. That is just one of the many moving aspects of this novel. 

Island of the Blue Dolphins By Scott O'Dell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547328614
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Published: Clarion Books - February 8th, 2010

I recently reread this book with my 11 year old daughter and was reminded why the book holds a special place in my heart. Karana's story of survival is as compelling today as it was when it was written in 1960. It is a timeless story of beauty and inspiration. 

The Swimmers: A novel By Julie Otsuka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321331
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Published: Knopf - February 22nd, 2022

When I read the synopsis of this book I wasn't sure I wanted to read a story about a crack in the pool and all it symbolizes. Now having read it, the bright blue cover I find a bit misleading. It is a sad story about a daughter processing her mother losing her light, losing her memory, losing herself. I am glad I read it as it is a thought provoking book leaving me a bit unsettled; just hoping my parents age with their memory, as well as myself.

Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy By Shauna Shapiro, PhD, Daniel Siegel, M.D. (Introduction by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683649441
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Published: Sounds True - June 21st, 2022

Dr. Shapiro's personal story of healing plus her academic research about the plasticity of the brain is worth the read. She shares the power of self-compassion and how to develop more self compassion in our daily lives. Dr. Shapiro's research proves that we have the power to change and be all that we want to be.