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June 27, 2019



I've read both The River and The Current. I especially liked The River--two very decent young men doing the right thing in a challenging situation, (And I cried. So did my husband.)

Just out this week: The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. A terrific novel about a contemporary family with four daughters. (I reviewed it for United for Libraries/Book Club Central.). Also: Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane. (For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.)

I return home today after the American Library Assn. annual conference. I went to five author panels and shipped five boxes of advance reader copies home. (And I spent yesterday with quilting friends, one of who is destashing. So a box of fabric and quilt books is also being shipped.)


I was glad to see your book reviews this morning, as I always enjoy reading about your selections.
I've just finished reading The Huntress by Kate Quinn and I have to say that I enjoyed it as much as The Alice Network.
I'll definitely look for The River since I love a good thriller. Thanks for the reviews!


I always love your reviews and always try to find the books in my library.

Barbara Anne

Great reviews! The Memphis zoo had howler monkeys and two tapirs when our boys were little, so I wouldn't have needed to look those up. :)

I've neen reading a new author, Sarah Ward, and she's written 3 books so far. Also Ann Cleeves's Shetland series, not new but good. I do prefer my books less tense than you do, thought, so you may think these plod along.



Can't remember if you read/recommended Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. If you haven't, give it a try! Thanks for recommending Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl! I had it on my shelf and just forgot to read it until I read your review 😜. What a great read! I look forward to hearing what you are reading as I find something new almost every time. Thanks, Nicole!


Thanks for sharing!,

Barbara Groeschell

Even though I follow you on Goodreads, I love your book reviews and the conversations that follow. I agree with your comments about The River and second Nancy's recommendation regarding Beneath a Crimson Sky. I chuckled all the way through What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. After 49 years of marriage it was a great reminder of what started it all. I do love all of her books but that one was terrific.


If last year's movie 'Crazy Rich Asians' was true to life, mahjong debts are real! I thought it was interesting that everyone in the parlor was very focused & serious...yes, I know it was a movie! I'm currently waiting for Laurie Gelman's second book, 'You've Been Volunteered', to come out in late July. Her first book, 'Class Mom', was a fun read!


Thanks for the book reviews! I haven't had time to read more than a couple books! I need to focus!!! You have read 65+ books?! I need to find a pool to sit by!

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