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I Don’t Have A Dog

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+ Simple and sweet and oh so resonant to animal lovers everywhere, - if books could sing, this picture book would be an opera. Pure magic, from cover to cover, this little book is big on heart and so endearing I had to read it through several times. Gorgeously illustrated,…

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Plant Based India

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is an absolutely gorgeous book with so many beautiful recipes it's hard to know where to start when planning your next Indian meal. Written by an Indian-American internal medicine physician, the recipes presented are rooted in the native Gujarati foods of his youth, adapted from more traditional versions…

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Burn This City to the Ground

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Part memoir and part heart-to-heart expose on the tragic and invisible lives of the underprivileged, mentally ill, disabled and homeless, you may not like all the people you will meet in this book, but you will definitely find yourself touched by them, and the circumstances they find themselves…

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So Much More Than A Headache

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m a huge fan of books which open you up to a new perspective - providing glimpses into realities I may have no personal experience with, but can now appreciate in an entirely new light. Such is the case with this wonderful book which focuses on the fascinating intersection…

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Bone Deep

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This impeccably written and absolutely chillling true-crime drama details the horrific murder of Betsy Faria in 2011, and the harrowing and twisty rode to justice that followed. Co-authored by the criminal defense attorney assigned to the case, the story is packed with details straight from the case file -…

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Between the Moon and My Mind

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Emerald green and gold, silver and blue, the reddest red of roses - the colors in these gentle lovely poems speak the language of love, of healing, of stars and fairies and summer gardens, “with green grass dancing, flowing like waves on a hill.” An ethereal weaver of…

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A Spoonful of Murder

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Set in the charming village of Thirsk, Yorkshire , when three retired primary school teachers, (Thelma, Pat and Liz), are faced with the suspicious death of a friend, Topsy, they reluctantly take up the task of uncovering the “ordinary evil” lurking beneath the unassuming facade of their quiet…

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Hitler’s Assassins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Totally engrossing, I had a very hard time putting this book down. A masterful blend of WWII historical fiction, mixed with well-crafted fictional characters, conversations and imagined events - that feels so real it brings this harrowing slice of the past to full technicolor life for the reader. Seamless…

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The Queen of Heaven

⭐⭐⭐1/2 Impeccably researched and historically rich, this book details the troubling story of Lady Isabelle d’Albret Courteault, beginning in the year 1453, as she must manage events in her life that are brutal, intense, and not that uncommon in this turbulent historical context. A mystic with visions and interesting and…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In parts tender, and almost entirely tragic, I found this short novella incredibly moving. A gentle, compassionate and insightful look at origins, or sources - of identity, shame, grief, anger, despair - (and interestingly, of words themselves) and the roots that provide definition, and a past, that cannot be…

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