Kathy's Staff Picks
"Isabel Allende tells an incredible story of Violeta Del Valle’s life that spans 100 years starting with the Spanish Flu in 1920 and ending with our pandemic in 2020. We see Violeta’s struggles and triumphs, heartbreaks and joys all told through a letter that she writes to a close relative. Making the story even more compelling is the history that this woman witnesses in her 100 years! Just AMAZING!"
"A perfectly refreshing whodunnit! Molly the Maid who is eccentric and so lovable finds a guest murdered in the hotel she works at and must look outside her comfort zone in order to solve this mystery. Just a smart, delightful and amazing debut! I just adore Molly!"
"Jodi Picoult continues to amaze us with her masterful storytelling, this time she tackles the difficult subject of Covid with a touching and emotional story. I feel she captured the loneliness, isolation and heartbreak we have all experienced in the last year and a half but also added hope, strength and resilience. There is a beauty of the human spirit that comes through loud and clear."
"French Braid is about the Garretts, a family of five spanning from the 1950’s until the present and their ordinary, everyday life. It is about their imperfections, their ties to one another and their love for each other and we see this through characters that are strong and easy to identify with. Yes, it is just about this family and then again it is just about so much more."
"What a fun book! Finlay Donovan, a single mom, a struggling author whose life is one big mess right now, finds herself mistaken for an assassin when her conversation is overheard and misunderstood. She is lovable, makes bad decisions and has lots of antics. It is a great escape read!
If you love Rom-Com, this is a book for you with a little suspense mixed in – very entertaining! Enjoy!"
"Apples Never Fall is as good as Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty hits it out of the ballpark again! This is a story about a family whose mother is now missing and the police are involved. Could her husband or one of her four children be capable of a crime? This is dysfunctional at its best. Superb Storyteller! I can see the Netflix Series already."
"“The Violin Conspiracy” transports the reader to the world of classical music much in the same way “The Queen’s Gambit” did with the chess world. Ray McMillan, a young black classical musician has received a violin from his grandmother that was passed down in his family. Ray figures out that the violin is worth millions of dollars and as he prepares for a world class violin competition, the violin is stolen. This story combines Ray’s family history, the classical music world, and a good old thriller into one satisfying read!"
"This was a fun and interesting read from one of the most well-known women in news media. As Katie shared stories of her life, I found it fascinating and at times surprising. This book definitely shows her determination, strength and ambition and was inspiring to read."
As survivors from a shipwreck grapple with their fate, they are faced with decisions that test their beliefs. Mitch Albom’s hopeful novel will allow any reader to take away something meaningful – I found comfort and peace! Enjoy!
"Lauren Groff expertly transports us to the 12th century with her lyrical and beautiful language. When Marie is banished to a rundown abbey by Eleanor of Aquitaine, she quickly decides that she will turn the abbey into a prosperous and self-sufficient one and does that with just women (talk about girl power). I wasn’t sure that I would like a book about this point of history, but I found it captivating!"
"Sofia Colicchio and Antonia Russo whose two lives are intertwined in the same Mafia “Family” grow up from infants to motherhood in this powerful coming of age story. “The Family” challenges this lifelong friendship in so many ways and we find out to what extent these two will go to protect each other, their husbands and children. The last part of the book will keep you up at night reading – you won’t be able to put it down. Fantastic Debut!"
"This is a deeply moving novel about a Ghanaian family living in Alabama and their struggles with depression, addiction, grief and racism. Gifty is a PhD student who is the voice of the book, living through her current struggles as well as looking back at her family history. Science, religion and their faith play a big part in the story.
I can’t say enough about this book – it is powerful, amazing, well-written – just BRILLIANT!"
"This is an incredible story based on the life of Belle da Costa Green, J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian who helped him amass an amazing collection of manuscripts and art. Belle was a trailblazer as she became one of the most powerful people in the book and art world in the early 1900’s, and not only because she was a woman but she was African American, a secret that she kept from everyone but her family. Just a fascinating historical fiction novel and would be perfect for book clubs! A MUST Read!"
"Greta James, a rock star and her father, Conrad are grieving the sudden death of her mother and find themselves as unlikely companions on an Alaskan cruise. Their relationship as been rocky at best and now coupled with the grief, Greta’s onstage breakdown and her breakup with her boyfriend, can Greta and her dad start fresh? I was hooked right from the start! Reading this novel was like getting a great big cozy book hug!"
"An emotional and touching story about a family living in NYC and the love they share, their triumphs, their challenges and how they cope when things turn out differently than anticipated. Right from the start, I felt connected to this family – all the characters just felt so real as if I was right there with them. And I found myself rooting for each and every one. Masterly written, this moving novel is a fantastic book club pick and well worth the read!"
"Grisham masterfully combines basketball, the NBA draft, college sports, refugees, South Sudan, family, and friendship all into one fantastic story! One of the best story tellers out there! Excellent book, touching story, awesome read!"
"Hannah Hall is concerned that her husband is not at home when she expects him and then an unknown person knocks on their door with a note saying “Protect her” from her husband referring to his daughter (Hannah’s step-daughter). This is a book about how far you will go for love and about loyalty. It is an engaging and entertaining mystery that would be a great book to take on vacation!"
"GREAT CIRCLE tells the tale of two women 100 years apart: Marian Graves, a pilot and Hadley Baxter, an actress cast to play this famous pilot. This epic novel is fascinating, adventurous, and well-written with great characters, historical details and fantastic settings. Don’t miss this great journey!"
"This is a deeply moving debut novel set in the South and the Scottish Hebrides. Lila and her brother, Henry travel back home after their mother died. Once back in their childhood home, they discover a secret that their mother kept from them, taking them on a journey to find the truth. I felt like I was inserted into this story with the beautiful descriptions of the settings along with the rich cast of characters. Pamela Terry is an amazing storyteller – a must read!"
"A historical fiction novel based on the plight of a young Jewish woman, Hedy who finds herself on the Channel Islands during the Nazi Occupation. As things get worse on the island, she does all that she can to try to try to stop the Germans with help from some island friends as well as help from a man that should be the enemy. An uplifting book showing strength in spirit and courage to keep going. Loved this!"
"Three second-born daughters take a life-changing trip to Italy in the hopes that they will break the family curse that all second-born daughters in their family will never find love. You will just adore these three main characters who spend this journey celebrating love and family and you will become fully invested in their stories. I just loved the wisdom of Aunt Poppy, the beautiful setting through Italy and their family tales. Just wonderful!!"
"This is a fascinating and compelling look at the sex lives of three American women based on a decade of reporting. Yes, the stories here are true, even though it reads like a fictional novel. It is honest, deep and hard to put down. Take a look - this is really well written! I think it would be GREAT for a book club to discuss."
"Another amazing novel from Kristin Hannah! The descriptions of the settings throughout the book are so real that you feel as if you are right there with the characters. The characters are so real that you feel their hardships, sufferings, hopes and their triumphs. This is a powerful and emotional account of a family living in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression and their struggle to find a better life. It shows their resilience and their strength in fighting for what is right. Loved it!"