White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Unlikely friends Archie Jones and Samid Iqbal meet during their World War II service for the British and settle near each other in London. This expansive novel follows their marriages and the lives of their children in an increasingly multicultural city. Samid’s...

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

The story opens with a mystery: why did Sportcoat, a cranky, forever drunk, deacon of the local Five Ends Baptist Church, shoot the local drug dealer at point-blank range? Deems, the dealer, survives, and McBride takes us on a journey through the relationships and...

The Best of Me by David Sedaris

David Sedaris reading the audiobook of his own work is always a treat to be savored. Here he has collected what he judges to be some of his best work from the past, as well as some new essays. Most are very funny, with those dealing with his mother’s alcoholism, his...

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Backman has a unique way of capturing the everyday and unusual personality quirks in people and this book is no exception. The book opens with an attempted bank robbery the day before New Year’s Eve in Sweden. When the bank robber realizes that it’s a cashless bank...

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

The book opens with two young rookie cops, Francis and Brian, who eventually get married and wind up living next door in the suburbs. Two of their children become best friends, but Francis’ wife Lena struggles to get Brian’s wife Anne to be welcoming. No one has a...

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen

I have really been into escaping reality right now and devouring books and genres that keep me completely immersed in the story and characters. The book is about two young women who become unlikely friends in Atlantic City. Clara is a teenage boardwalk psychic who...