Hughey takes a clever approach to the premise of the boy who shrinks, then relies on his wits to survive in a big world in this first in a promising middle-grade series.
A grade school boy named Herby accidentally spills a potion he’s developing for the science fair into his bath and shrinks to 6 […]
This intelligently written adventure/romance novel details the lives of Sherpas in the Himalayas who earn a living as high-altitude porters for tourists who want to view Mt. Everest. Beth, an American journalist, has just arrived in Nepal to capture the “never-before-told” inside story of the Sherpas. She has brought along a top photographer, Eric, who […]
The author of several well-received regional mysteries, Sternberg (No Laughing Matter, 2007, etc.) hits his literary sweet spot with this imaginative throwback set on the high seas circa 1855. As the novel opens in Boston, a highborn lady named Elizabeth Godwin argues vehemently against returning with her family to her native England, begging to join […]
While fishermen bear the physical risks of their sea-going profession, their family members carry the emotional burdens. So it was for Eder, who started a journal in December 2000 to chronicle the life of her commercial fishing family in Newport, Oregon. Eder’s husband Bob operated two fishing boats. Her sons Ben and Dylan pitched in […]
In this sweet, if uneven introduction to the lore of Camelot, a spirited young Guinevere struggles to accept her destiny.
Just before her 13th birthday, as she prepares to become a queen, Guinevere slips off into the forest with 7-year-old friend Cedwyn to hunt for a rabbit she hopes will bring her luck. She stumbles […]
In a stream-of-consciousness memoir taking the form of an open letter to his deceased father, Hanson explores and explains a profound spiritual connection to something larger than himself (i.e. God), which he was unable to comprehend fully until he sat at the dying man’s hospital bedside.
Recalling an out-of-body/near-death experience while unconscious during a high-school […]
Over many years, author Ringel elicited her parents’ reluctantly told stories of wartime-era persecution. The culmination is this slim and moving, albeit scattershot narrative. Ringel’s mother Wyera was born in Poland and raised Protestant but was persecuted…
Having seen more than her fair share of death through the passing of her mother, father, elderly neighbor, and various other relatives, author Myers learned the right way to approach the end of life–and the wrong way. In a book that’s part self-help guide and part memoir, colorful first-person stories of Myers’ friends and family […]
Move the cable show Mad Men from Madison Avenue to Wall Street, throw in a pinch of Mickey Spillane and slather in Harold Robbins. The result is Carnal Weapon from first-time novelist Hoffman, who commits the neophyte sin of melding genres (spy yarn, ’50s morality play) without adequate finesse.
Set in the Eisenhower ’50s, protagonist […]
In this deeply sentimental tribute to his beloved Labrador retrievers, Colorado resident Koktavy tells his story of caring for companion animals during their final journeys in life. Beezer was diagnosed with kidney disease at age nine and died within nine months. His brother Boomer was crippled with bone cancer two years later and also died. […]