The Nightengale by Kristen Hannah (2015)

Unlike my previous post about The Door, this book is a page turner the lacks the poetic flow and complexity of Szabo's writing, but it offers a compelling WWII story that kept me up until 2 am reading the last 150 pages because I simply couldn't go to bed without finishing it. Set in France… Continue reading The Nightengale by Kristen Hannah (2015)

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (2014)

An Officer and a Spy is one of those I can't wait to leave this dinner/gathering so I can get home and read type of books where you can't wait to find out how it ends, but at the same time, you don't want it to end because then you're out of the story and… Continue reading An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (2014)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)

Everyone I talk to seems to be reading this book. All the Light You Cannot See is a page turner, but as a work of historical fiction, it also left me much more knowledgeable about the German occupation of France and the bombing of Saint Malo two months after D-Day. I love a good story… Continue reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)

Mediterranean Summer by David Shalleck (2007)

Can't beat a book that combines sailing with cooking and takes place on the Mediterranean, from the French Riviera in the North to the island of Capri in the South.  The author, David Shalleck, is hired as the chef aboard Serenity a 100+ foot 1940's era classic yacht, owned by an outrageously wealthy Italian couple… Continue reading Mediterranean Summer by David Shalleck (2007)

**Lopsided by Meredith Norton (2008)

Bean's Book Review: I was not planning to read any memoirs about breast cancer while going through breast cancer treatment.  Reading all the research articles and books has been enough, but a friend of mine gave this to me and I decided to skim the first few pages.  And I was hooked.  She's so damn… Continue reading **Lopsided by Meredith Norton (2008)