Kathy's Staff Picks
"Pineapple Street is a heartfelt novel that follows three women from a tight-knit affluent Brooklyn family. The three women along with their families are living privileged lives but are not finding happiness. With an abundance of humor, these characters go through some changes that make them all question the way they are living. I felt myself rooting for each of the women and privileged or not, we are all always learning something as go along. Fast-paced, heartwarming – just a gem!"
"Another amazing cookbook from my favorite, Ina Garten! I have every one of her cookbooks and use them all the time! This new one does not disappoint and can’t wait to make the One-Pot Oven Risotto and the Dark Chocolate Tart. This would make a fantastic holiday gift!"
"In “Loyalty”, Lisa Scottoline perfectly combines her suspense novel skills with a historical fiction tale of the beginning of the Mafia in Sicily. Her descriptions of the beautiful countryside, lemon groves and the delicious food are only surpassed by her masterful storytelling. The novel explores the themes of corruption vs honor and loyalty vs betrayal. Fast-paced and extremely interesting, you just have to read this!"
"Can Carrie Soto, once the world's dominant tennis star, come back to win a Grand Slam tournament 6 years after retirement? This book is filled with exciting, thrilling on-court tennis action and is packed with powerful, intense emotional moments as well. Ultimately, it is a love story: Carrie Soto's love of herself, her love of tennis, her love of her dad, and her love of someone special. Sometimes it takes a long time to learn the most important life lessons! Game-Set-Match, Taylor Jenkins Reid!"
"Before you begin baking this holiday season, take a look at this beautiful and informative cookbook! There are so many recipes that you will always be able to have a varied assortment at your table. This comprehensive book will be a keeper on your shelf for years to come!"
"Jamie Ford is back with his amazing storytelling. This novel tells the story of 7 women from different generations of the Moy family spanning from 1836 to 2086. The first of these women, Afong Moy, is the first Chinese woman to come to the US where she suffers greatly at the hands of others. The question is does this trauma that Afong endured pass down from generation to generation and can it be stopped? In 2045, Dorothy Moy is also suffering and undergoes an experimental treatment to save herself and her daughter. Powerful story on the love between family members and just how far we will go to save them."
"I loved this book! This is the first historical fiction book written by the talented Jane Green. “Sister Stardust” dives into the glamourous, exciting and risky life of Talitha Getty and the culture of the 60’s filled with sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. The descriptions in the book are amazing and vivid and you actually feel the sensory overload of this time! You need to read this!"
"Ann Hood tells stories of her time as a Flight Attendant for TWA and other airlines. She starting working when airline travel was nothing but glamourous and ended when many airlines went under. The stories were an interesting and captivating look at airline travel years back. I just really enjoyed reading this!"
"Delia Ephron tells us the gripping story of how she lost two loves in her life, her sister and husband. She then finds that she herself has some medical issues and with the help of a new found love, she is able to overcome all these difficult life events. The book is powerful and gives us hope!"
"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 wild ride! One of the Golden Couple has cheated and they enlist the help of Avery Chambers to fix them. Avery, using her unconventional methods, soon finds out that all is not as it seems and all are not telling her the truth. I could not put this one down! Entertaining thriller!"
"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."
"“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!"
"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!"
"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."