4 3 2 1 / Paul Auster

With this book you get four books in one.  It follows the story of its main character, Archie Ferguson, from his birth in the late 1940’s through just after college.  The author asks what would have happened if something different happened to his main character (and the people surrounding him).  So we get four possible […]


House of Mirth / Edith Wharton

Wharton wrote House of Mirth at the urging of Henry James who wanted her to “do New York.”  She presents an Austen-like round of social encounters among a mixed cast of the super-rich and those dangling and angling for purchase in the upper echelons.   Lily Bart, beautiful but without means and pushing 30, feels compelled […]


The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century / Peter Watson

What a terrific story!  Watson describes the parade of ideas that have influenced human development since around 1900.  He identifies the turning points when a sudden advance in understanding or a discovery alters dramatically the playing fields of science, the arts, philosophy, religion, and culture.  Obvious examples are “Evolution” and “Relativity” but their repercussions are […]


Beach Reads for Teens

Whether you are road-tripping, camping, hitting the beach or just hanging out in your backyard, these titles are perfect for reads for your summer vacation. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom and in the aftermath of their breakup, neither parent would give up the beach house—Sasha […]