“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple

When her hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her. Bee compiles an impressive collection of documents – including private emails, journal entries, and official FBI documents – in order to track down the elusive Bernadette. It’s […]

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“The Name of the Star” by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star is the first in a series by Maureen Johnson.  The main character, Rory, is from Louisiana but is spending a year at a London boarding school when she is the witness to a murder.  The city of London is immediately put on edge by the murder which appears to be […]

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The Danish Girl (DVD)

This movie is adapted from David Ebershoff’s book and tells a story loosely based on Lili Elbe, one of the first known transgender women to undergo sex-change surgery.  Born Einar Wegener and married to Gerda, both painters, Lili was “born” when Einar did a sitting dressed as a woman for one of his wife’s paintings.  Recognizing her […]

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This lovely epistolary novel is set in the UK just after World War II. England and its citizens are deeply affected by the war and are still coming to terms with this troubling time as we meet the authoress Juliet Ashton – an author searching for inspiration for her new book.  By chance she is […]

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“Here’s To My Sweet Satan” by George Case

George Case’s book on the occult in pop culture from 1966 to 1980 is a must read for anyone who is a fan of scary movies, rock n roll, comic books or horror literature. This expansive nonfiction text tracks the history of occult references in popular culture in the 60s, 70s and 80s- everything from Scooby-Doo to […]

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