The American Agent: Maisie Dobbs #15 by Jacqueline Winspear – Review

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs, #15)The American Agent: Maisie Dobbs #15
by Jacqueline Winspear

Publication: March 26th, 2019 by Harper
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. Continue reading

Death in Provence by Serena Kent – Review

Death in ProvenceDeath in Provence by Serena Kent

Expected publication: February 19th, 2019 by Harper
Genre: Mystery
ISBN-10: 006286985X
ISBN-13: 978-0062869852

The first entry in a clever, lighthearted mystery series set in modern Provence—a delightful blend of Agatha Christie and Peter Mayle—featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies. Continue reading

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman – Review

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes)Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman 

Expected publication: February 26th, 2019 by Harper
ISBN-10: 006286789X
ISBN-13: 978-0062867896
Genre: Autobiography – Memoir

The acclaimed author of A Replacement Life shifts between heartbreak and humor in this gorgeously told a recipe-filled memoir. A family story, an immigrant story, a love story, and an epic meal, Savage Feast explores the challenges of navigating two cultures from an unusual angle. Continue reading

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum – Review

A Woman Is No ManA Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum 

Expected publication: March 5th, 2019 by Harper
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0062699768
ISBN-13: 978-0062699763

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her fragile community. Continue reading

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon – Review

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of DistractionThe Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon – Publication: January 15th, 2019 by Harper – Nonfiction

A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. Continue reading

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich – Review

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant SurgeonWhen Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich – Publication date of January 15th, 2019 by Harper – Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Medical

A gifted surgeon illuminates one of the most profound, awe-inspiring, and deeply affecting achievements of modern day medicine—the movement of organs between bodies—in this exceptional work of death and life that takes its place besides Atul Gawande’s Complications, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies, and Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think. Continue reading

Freefall by Jessica Barry – Review

FreefallFreefall by Jessica Barry – Publication: January 8th, 2019 by Harper – mystery, thriller

A propulsive debut novel with the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, about a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her.

When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you.

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. For years, Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home. Continue reading

Freefall by Jessica Barry – Review

FreefallFreefall by Jessica Barry – Expected publication: January 8th, 2019 by Harper – mystery, thriller

A propulsive debut novel with the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, about a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her.

When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you.

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. For years, Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home. Continue reading