Reviews and Blog Posts: California

Landline

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
4

Rainbow Rowell has been getting so much buzz, I decided to try one of her books. Landline isn't a traditional romance--it's not about those first moments, the push and pull of falling in love, ending with the happily ever after. It's about the hard work of marriage, about how things...

Comfort me with apples : more adventures at the table

by Ruth Reichl

DPL Rating:
4

I love food-centric memoirs, so I can't believe how long it finally took me to read this 2001 account of Reichl's early years as a food critic. Funny and heartbreaking, filled with celebrity chefs, personal turmoil (affairs, divorce), globe-trotting, the heartache of an attempted adoption gone wrong, and, of course,...

"M" is for malice

by Sue Grafton

DPL Rating:
5

This is one of my favorites, #13 in the alphabetical list of Sue Grafton novels.  Always cleverly crafted, with witty metaphor and vivid description, "M" is for Malice brings a warmth and tenderness not always found in a murder mystery.  I have enjoyed following the adventures of Private Investigator Kinsey...

Parasite

by Mira Grant

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in...

Unbroken : a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

It seems like everyone has read this book already, but it took a personal recommendation for me to pick it up, and I'm so glad that I did. Not because I enjoyed the story--this harrowing portrait of how people can treat each other was hard to read at times--but because...

Into the beautiful North [a novel]

by Luis Alberto Urrea

DPL Rating:
5

I listened to this book on a recent road trip, and fell in love with the characters, the descriptions, the quest. Nayeli, a young woman from the Mexican village of Tres Camarones, and her friends have realized that there are almost no men left in their town, they have all...

I promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

by Gail Donohue Storey

DPL Rating:
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance hiking, on...

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