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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sparkly Green Earrings

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn is a book that I apparently put on hold at the library although I have no memory of where or how it was recommended. Written by a Christian blogger who goes by the name “Big Mama” (making it hard to like her until she explained that […]


Never read a Ken Follett book.  Jill recommended this one to me and I see why he is a best-seller.  This is the kind of book that reads like a movie:  thrilling, swift, sure, vibrant characters.  The Jackdaws are a team of French-speaking Englishwomen tasked with blowing up a critical Nazi telephone exchange as the […]

Yes, Chef

Book Club’s June selection — what fun!  A swift, engrossing read about chef Marcus Samuelsson’s journey.  Absolutely love the picture of his Swedish childhood and am fascinated by his life as “world citizen.”

Tattoos On The Heart

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle wrote this memoir Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion about his work with gang members in Los Angeles.   It is one of the most inspiring books I’ve read in a long time.  I find myself inserting it into conversation all the time.  Boyle’s relationship with God and his […]

She Matters

Susanna Sonnenberg’s She Matters: A Life in Friendships is memoir of all her female relationships, past and present, continuing and defunct. She is so frank and un-rosy about what drew them together, what sometimes tore them apart, her needs in each one, and her friends’ failings. This has me thinking about all the female friendships […]


May’s Book Club book.  Small town in Colorado becomes home to Japanese internment camp during World War II.  Told from the point of view of a young girl in the town.  I liked her family (they were warm and loving and funny and her Dad, Loyal, was aptly named.  He reminded me of Atticus Finch) […]