The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The SilkwormThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The second book in the Cormoran Strike series, and while I liked the first book well enough, I LOVED this one. I stayed up till 2 AM reading it, when I finally and had to force myself. If I hadn’t known my kids were going to wake up and expect food and attention the next day I’d have continued.)

I wanted to immediately get the third book and find out what happened next. The only reason I have paused in reading the series is the knowledge that book four isn’t released yet. A publishing date hasn’t even been set (sob!) and after hearing that book three ends on a cliffhanger I’m trying to minimize my wait time.

If you haven’t read the series, I do think you should start with the first (even if I didn’t like it as much). That allows you to meet the characters and I think the more time with Robin the better.

Despite my love for this book I have some cautions: if you’re squeamish, or opposed to language or other graphic content you’ll want to skip it. I kind of hate having to tell anyone to pass on it, as it’s so good, but have to admit that it’s not for everyone. Know your own comfort level of what you want to read.

I’m not much of a TV person, but the BBC is developing the three books currently out in the series into a show and I am thrilled to hear it. The actors have been chosen for the lead roles: Tom Burke will play Cormoran Strike, and Holliday Grainger will play Robin Ellacott.

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Publisher’s Description:
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the number-one international best seller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives – meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

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Book Review: Women Heroes of World War II – Pacific Theatre

Women Heroes of World War IIWomen Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival by Kathryn J. Atwood

I’ve been highly impressed with Atwood’s earlier books in this series: Women Heroes of World War II, and Women Heroes of World War I, and was thrilled to learn that she had a third being published – this one focused on the Pacific Theater. As with the previous books, she continues her excellent work at writing an engaging and informative text.

I appreciated the introductory information providing background on the war in the Pacific. My history books in high school didn’t do as well at giving that sort of overview – they all seemed to start when Pearl Harbor, ignoring everything that happened to lead up to that.

Especially impressive is the delicate job she does of writing about some horrific events. While I still would be sure you know the sensitivity of your reader, I wouldn’t hesitate to have younger teens and even tweens read it.

Since the book is a compilation of biographical sketches, there isn’t space for a great amount of detail on any one individual. However, the included bibliography gives ideas for other books to read if you want to know more about any specific person or event.

Highly recommended. It’s aimed at teens, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Publisher’s Description:
After glamorous American singer Claire Phillips opened her own night club in Manila, using the proceeds to secretly feed starving American POWs, she also began working as a spy, chatting up Japanese military men and passing their secrets along to local guerilla resistance fighters. Australian Army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel, stationed in Singapore then shipwrecked in the Dutch East Indies, became the sole survivor of a horrible massacre by Japanese soldiers. She hid for days, tending to a seriously wounded British soldier while wounded herself. Humanitarian Elizabeth Choy lived the rest of her life hating only war, not her tormentors, after enduring six months of starvation and torture by the Japanese military police. In these pages, readers will meet these and other courageous women and girls who risked their lives through their involvement in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Fifteen suspense-filled stories unfold across China, Japan, Mayala, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history. These women—whose stories span from 1932 through 1945, the last year of the war, when U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima—served in dangerous roles as spies, medics, journalists, resisters, and saboteurs. Nine of the women were American; seven were captured and imprisoned by the Japanese, enduring brutal conditions. Author Kathryn J. Atwood provides appropriate context and framing for teens 14 and up to grapple with these harsh realities of war. Discussion questions and a guide for further study assist readers and educators in learning about this important and often neglected period of history.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

WinterWinterWinter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer

This is, of course, Book #4 in the Lunar Chronicles series (I feel like I’ve mentioned it a time or twelve before, plus all the other buzz this series has gotten on other blogs and media sites).

I was so hesitant to start Winter – I *loved* Cinder, really, really liked Scarlet, and ok, so Cress wasn’t my favorite, but still. It was good enough as a penultimate series entry. For the ending though, was this going to be a crash-and-burn of a great series? Could it possibly live up to what I wanted it to be?

Now for the tricky part: talking about the book while maintaining a spoiler-free zone. So, in brief: Yes, the book lived up to the promise the series showed in Cinder (and erased the memory of that disappointing Fairest) . It’s over 800 pages, but read much faster than that, plus it’s so much fun having that much time to spend with these characters I didn’t wish any of the pages away.

What about the plot, and how things worked out? Well, you’ll need to read it yourself to find out, but I was so impressed at the job Meyer did of bringing together all of those plot threads. It made me want to start the series all over again and see what hints she dropped in earlier books.

Super satisfying, this was a great ending to a fun series. Highly recommended for fantasy fans.

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Publisher’s Description:
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Book Details

Title: WinterWinter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Author: Marissa Meyer
Category: Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars

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Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr

Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me FreeGilbert & Sullivan Set Me FreeGilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr by Kathleen Karr

Perhaps the only thing I like better than historical fiction is historical fiction that’s based on real events, especially little-known ones. Kathleen Karr has found one of those types of events and brought it to light in this delightful account.

It’s a terrific coming of age tale, with history and friendships and lots of wonderful characters. The book is out of print, but there are used copies easily available, or check your library.

Several years ago I read the book and really enjoyed it. Before writing this post I decided I needed a refresher on it, and I’m currently listening to it. That’s turned out to be an excellent choice, because it’s fabulous as an audio book – music plays such a big role in the story so I love that the audio book includes that as well.

Listening to the actors sing the parts from the performance is even better than reading about it, so I’d highly recommend getting this on audio if you can. It’s available through Audible or OverDrive, so check your library if you don’t have an Audible subscription.

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Publisher’s Description:
In prison, there are few secrets. But Libby Dodge, the youngest inmate, guards the nature of her crime from the other women, even as they openly recount their former lives as arsonists, thieves, and prostitutes. Libby’s hopeless and miserable situation changes unexpectedly with the arrival of a new chaplain, Mrs. Wilkinson. Mrs. Wilkinson has surprising and newfangled ideas about prison reform, which include launching an elaborate production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. The production transforms the women–their views of themselves, their abilities, their place in the world.

Book Details

Title: Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me FreeGilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr
Author: Kathleen Karr
Category: Juvenile Fiction / Historical
My Rating: 5 Stars

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn | review by @SheilaRCraigA Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith | review by @SheilaRCraig by Betty Smith

Book club’s pick for August, and I am so glad it was – I’d have never been motivated to read it otherwise, and I certainly wouldn’t have stuck with it long enough to fall in love with the story.

Because fall in love with it I did. I hate to gush over it too much, because often I think if my expectations are too high it’s all but impossible for a book to live up to them. If I’d started this thinking “POTENTIAL FAVORITE BOOK AHEAD!” would I have been as able to fall in love with the story and characters? And if I gush, am I setting someone else up to be disappointed?

Some aspects of it remind me a bit of Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, as a coming-of-age story about a girl who finds the beauty in the ugliness that often surrounds her. However, this one is not as fitting for younger readers as Anne can be, so I wouldn’t hand it over to younger readers without being aware of the content and their capacity to emotionally handle it.

Smith is able to bring to life Brooklyn in the early 1900s, and the poverty and grim realities of life there in a way that still kept alive hope in a better future. There are some awful events related, but it never feels grim or depressing. You feel the sorrows of the Nolan family (and there are plenty of sorrows), but also the joy they experience.

My only real complaint with it is that when it ends, I’m not ready to say goodbye to Francie.

Publisher’s Description:
The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

Book Details

Title: A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith | review by @SheilaRCraig
Author: Betty Smith
Category: Fiction
My Rating: 5 Stars

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Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

Fit to BurstFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic by Rachel Jankovic

I mentioned this book as part of last October’s 31 Days series, but only in passing, as that post highlighted Jankovic’s first book, Loving the Little Years. Although I am partial to that book, that has more to do with my current life stage as being mom to little children, so I don’t want to mostly ignore this one – it’s a fantastic book, and was one of my favorites for all of last year.

Jankovic has a way of writing that is very convicting, but also inspiring and motivating. She gets that parenting is hard, but still encourages moms to in both the day-to-day, and the bigger picture of why what they do is so important.

As with Loving the Little Years, I do think you need to be a Christian to appreciate the book, or at least not be opposed to reading books saturated with Christianity. Her entire perspective is shaped by her faith, and she uses those principles to support her statements throughout the text.

This is not a book that has lots of tips or tricks to make parenting easier. It’s more of a foundational look at why we do what we do, and how we can glorify God through our role as mothers.

Highly recommended, along with her first book.

Publisher’s Description:
“I don’t pull punches or hold back in this book, because I am writing to myself as much as to you. If something in this book strikes a little close to home for you, know that it struck in my home first. I am not writing about other people’s problems, although I know many of them are common. I write about what I know, and what I know is the challenges, the joys, and the work involved in raising little people.”

In this follow up to Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jankovic pushes her parenting “field notes” out onto the skinny branches of motherhood. Fit to Burst is chock-full of humorous examples and fresh advice covering issues familiar to every mom such as guilt cycles, temptations to be ungrateful or bitter, and learning how to honor Jesus by giving in the mundane things. But this book also addresses less familiar topics, including the impact that moms have on the relationships between dads and kids, the importance of knowing when to laugh at kid-sized sin, and more. Fit to Burst will help us to be moms who parent with the story in mind rather than snapshot, who know how to both give and require much from their children in the everyday mayhem, and who understand the importance of biscuits.

Book Details

Title: Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic
Author: Rachel Jankovic
Category: Nonfiction / Parenting / Christian
My Rating: 5 Stars

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31 Days of Great Nonfiction: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown by Daniel James Brown

There are a handful of books that, when I finish them, I immediately start telling others that they need to read them too. Immediately, if not sooner.

The Boys in the Boat is one of those books.

The story is so engaging, and even if you know whether or not they win the gold medal (and if you read the introduction to the book, you’ll know), it’s still a gripping tale.

The framework Brown uses of focusing on Rantz in particular works well, and keeps it from becoming an unwieldy narrative where you’re trying to keep track of 9 different crew members, plus all the other individuals in the story.

If you like biographies, this has a lot of biography. If you like history, this has it. If you like sports tales, this is one. If you like overcoming-the-odds stories, this is that in spades.

The only reason I don’t want to gush more about this book is for fear that unreasonable expectations will make it impossible to live up to them.

Highly highly recommended. Please, go, read this book.

Publisher’s Description:
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam’s The Amateurs.

31 Days of Great Nonfiction

I’ve become a huge fan of Daniel James Brown this year, and if you like his writing style, check out his books Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 as well as The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party BrideThe Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown, which came this close to being a pick for the series.

To see all the books featured in 31 Days of Great Nonfiction, go to the series page.

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31 Days of Great Nonfiction: My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss

My Berlin KitchenMy Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)Luisa Weiss' My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

For me, the best memoirs can make me feel like I’m right there with the author, experiencing their life right along with them. Weiss’ book succeeded at that, almost making me homesick for a life I’ve never lived.

While I don’t have the cross-cultural background that Weiss has, I moved a lot as a child, and related a bit to her wherever-I-am-I-miss-where-I’m-not feelings. Her efforts to battle her homesickness through cooking familiar dishes resonated with me.

There are recipes following each chapter, although I haven’t tried any of them and can’t speak to how they are. If you’re expecting German food only, you’ll be disappointed – she’s got Italian and American dishes as well, reflecting her background.

If you like food memoirs, this is a great one. If you’ve never read a food memoir, this is a good one to introduce you to the genre.

(One caveat: I’ve never read her blog, so I don’t know if the book itself is repetitive of what she’s previously posted there. A heads-up if you’re familiar with her writing.) [Read more…]

Most Memorable Books

I’m taking a mini blog break but instead of having no posts at all, I’m sharing some content that originally ran on another blog I had. I’ve updated the posts, but if you’ve been reading me for a long time, they may still be familiar.

Last year Anne from a Modern Mrs. Darcy had a “The Book That Changed My Life” Carnival. I didn’t participate because I couldn’t really think of a book that struck me as “This Book Changed Me.” But it did get me thinking of what books have been the most memorable.

Most Memorable BooksMost Memorable Books

  1. All those kid’s books that my mom read overandoverandover. Nope, no specific names here, because there were so many. I’ve got pictures of me as a toddler hefting a pile of books almost as big as me. I’ve got a picture of me passed out in the chair surrounded by books. I’ve even got a picture of me on the little kid potty, reading books.

    I wanted my mom to read those books so many times that she finally made her own books on tape, complete with a little chime to tell me when to turn the page. I would listen to them endlessly, so much so that I learned to read when I was barely 3 just from sheer repetition. A relative thought I’d simply memorized those books, and brought out new ones to test me. To her shock, it confirmed that I was really reading!

    Pure determination and desire (and a lot of repetition by my mom) opened up the world of books to me long before I’d have learned in school. It may be cheating because I don’t remember all the specific titles, but as a group the story of how I learned to read has entered family lore, as has the early start to my reading addiction.
  2. Little House on the Prairie

  3. The Little House on the Prairie seriesLaura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series - one of my most memorable books. The books, not the TV series, which I always hated because of how it departed from the books.

    I read these countless times as a child, and certain scenes have stuck with me. Laura and her family using their coffee grinder to prepare the wheat for their small daily ration of bread in The Long WinterThe Long Winter - one of my most memorable books. All the glorious food described in Farmer BoyFarmer Boy - one of my most memorable books. Jack the brindle bulldog trotting along beneath their wagon as they traveled west.

    I’m anxious to share these stories with my children, and I hope they love them as much as I did.
  4. Anne of Green Gables

  5. Anne of Green GablesLucy Maud Montgomery's The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, ... Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside). I’m still determined to travel to Prince Edward Island someday so I can see the setting for this book and the others by L. M. Montgomery. Anne was so real to me, and her books made me long to have a close friend like her. I’m glad I have a daughter to share this book with her someday. And while I liked all of the seriesLucy Maud Montgomery's The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, ... Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside) well enough, the first bookAnne of Green Gables - one of my most memorable books was definitely my favorite.
  6. Jane Eyre

  7. Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre - one of my most memorable books. I read this as a fairly young child (around 3rd grade), and to this day I remember the shock some people expressed when they found out I was reading it. I didn’t get the surprise – there was nothing that complicated to understand in the book, and it had such an exciting ending. I did reread it a few years ago, to see how I liked it as an adult, and yes I missed some of the subtleties, but it’s still not anything I would say I shouldn’t have been reading, which is the impression I remember getting.
  8. All Creatures Great and Small

  9. The James Herriot books (All Creatures Great and SmallJames Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small - one of my most memorable books, All Things Bright and BeautifulJames Herriot's All Things Bright and Beautiful (All Creatures Great and Small series) - one of my most memorable books, All Things Wise and WonderfulJames Herriot's All Things Wise and Wonderful (All Creatures Great and Small series) - one of my most memorable books, The Lord God Made Them AllJames Herriot's The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small series) - one of my most memorable books, and Every Living ThingJames Herriot's Every Living Thing (All Creatures Great and Small series) - one of my most memorable books). My mom got me started on these books, and she used to read one chapter a night. I’ve never had any interest in being a vet, certainly not a large animal vet in the Yorkshire Dales, but these books transported me. I still own them, and hope that my children like hearing them all, one chapter at a time.
  10. The Distant Summer

  11. The Distant SummerSarah Patterson's The Distant Summer - one of my most memorable books by Sarah Patterson. I first read this as a teen or maybe even a pre-teen as a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit how much I adored this story. It’s a sappy love story! Sappy love story or not, I read it multiple times, and have never forgotten the story or characters – it’s definitely one of my guilty reading pleasures! I’ve always wondered if I would still love it as an adult, so writing this post made me curious enough to order the book (long out of print, there are used copies available). I’m somewhat scared to see if reading it now will taint my fond memories, but I’m going to try it anyway. Someday.
  12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  13. The Harry Potter seriesJ K Rowling's Harry Potter series - one of my most memorable books. I was an adult when I read this series, but it’s so special to me because of my grandmother. She loved to read and in the last years of her life, when she was unable to get out much, I would do my best to keep her well stocked with reading material. As her eyesight continued to diminish, she got pickier and pickier about what she would read; it had to be worth the effort, and she knew she only had so many more books left that she’d get to.

    Harry Potter made the cut, and we would both anxiously await the newest volume. I bought very few new books, especially fiction, but made an exception for Harry. There was no way we’d be able to wait to get a copy from the library!

    I think I was more upset than my grandmother when book 6Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), was too heavy for her to hold, and so remained unread. She died before the final bookHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) - one of my most memorable books was ever published.

    I still love Harry Potter not just for the great story, but because it reminds me of my adored grandmother and how much she enjoyed it. And what a kick she got out of reading those “kids books.”

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. Day 4 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader84, Charing Cross Road84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff . Day 4 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Helene Hanff

A slim volume (a break from some of the lengthy books also included in this series) of a selection of the correspondence between a New York writer, and the staff of a London bookseller. Their mutual love for books shines through the brief letters, and you can see how the friendship grows throughout the twenty-years they exchanged letters.

The book is charming and heartwarming (and a little bit heartbreaking too), and Hanff’s wit and exuberance sparkles.

There is a book based on the movie as well, starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins, although I’ve never seen it and am slightly afraid to; I don’t want to risk it tarnishing my joy and delight in the book if it doesn’t live up to my dreams.

Publisher’s Description:
It all began with a letter inquiring about secondhand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the staid and proper Frank Doel of Marks & Company, a relationship blossoms.

31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books

If you enjoyed this book (and if you didn’t, please don’t tell me; I’m not sure I could bear hearing it), you’re in for another treat. I actually had a hard time deciding which one of Hanff’s to feature in the series, so don’t miss Apple of My EyeApple of My Eye. which is basically a love letter to her home of Manhattan.

To see all the books featured in 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads, go to the series page.

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