July Picks

Westover, Tara (2018) Educated. Hutchinson. Tara Westover's memoir is a coming-of-age struggle for survival. Tara was raised in a fundamentalist Idaho Mormon family, the youngest of seven. Her father's "End of Days" faith isolates the family from the community. He gives no credence to government, doctors, dairy products or schooling, instead puts his children to work… Continue reading July Picks


May-June Picks

Robertson, Catherine (2018) Gabriel's Bay. Black Swan. In Gabriel's Bay Robertson has created a whole community, an amalgam of beachside small town New Zealand, aka 800 Words. Kerry is on the run from a failed wedding, and takes a job in Gabriel's Bay to begin again. Along the way he becomes involved in the fabric… Continue reading May-June Picks

April Picks

Henderson, Susan (2018) The Flicker of Old Dreams. Harper. Mary Crampton has spent her whole life in Petroleum, a small Great Plains grain town. She lives a quiet introspective life and works as an embalmer for her father's mortuary business. Petroleum has been crumbling for the past 20 years, ever since the grain elevator killed… Continue reading April Picks

March Picks

Matthews, Jason (2013) Red Sparrow.  Simon & Schuster. Former ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited as an intelligence agent, and a seductress, by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and as her first assignment she is tasked with operating against ambitious young CIA officer Nat Nash. Nat handles the American's most important Russian mole. As Dominika… Continue reading March Picks

February Picks

Isaacson, Walter (2017) Leonardo Da Vinci. Simon & Schuster. A comprehensive biography of an artist and creative genius who was obsessed with knowledge. Leonardo was a "man without letters" and a "disciple of experience". Anatomy was his abiding specialism but his natural curiosity led him to pursue 'enthusiasms' across multiple disciplines. He was insatiable in his imagination, a perfectionist,… Continue reading February Picks

January Picks

Clinton, Hillary Rodham (2017) What Happened. Simon & Schuster. Hilary Clinton's memoir shares her journey, memories and insights of the 2016 US presidential campaign. She reflects on Trump’s campaign and his presidency so far, the sexism she experienced on the campaign trail, and interference by former FBI director James Comey and the Russian government. Whilst factors surrounding… Continue reading January Picks

December Picks

Hoffman, Alice (2017) The Rules of Magic. Simon & Schuster. In the prequel to Practical Magic Hoffman introduces us to Franny and Jet, the relatives who raised Sally and Gillian Owen, and a four-hundred year old family curse. Franny, Jet and their brother Vincent are children of the sixties, ever mindful of the rules of magic set… Continue reading December Picks