Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, but I was prompted to pick it up after reading a novel set in South Africa, and while enjoying Trevor Noah’s excellent interviews on the Daily Show during the pandemic.  Noah is the son of a black mother and...

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

What is it like to be the sole survivor of an airplane crash that killed 191 people including your mother, father, and brother? Eddie is only 12 when the airplane carrying his family to start a new life in California goes down near Denver. Napolitano alternates an...

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

On Valentine’s day eve in Odessa Texas in 1976, a bored fourteen-year-old named Gloria Ramirez gets in a pickup truck with a white oilfield roustabout. The book begins as she wakes up in the dirt next to him, having been brutally raped and beaten. While he is...

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

This charming epistolary novel tells the story of Tina Hopgood, a farmer’s wife in England, and Anders Larsen, a recently widowed museum curator in Denmark. Tina writes to his museum of her curiosity about and desire to see the Tollund Man, a naturally mummified...

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

Looking for something not too heavy, but well written, entertaining, and provocative? Elinor Lipman always delivers. In this romantic comedy, Daphne Maritch, a recently divorced New Yorker, throws out the heavily annotated yearbook her mother left her explicitly in...