BookClique

Here we will post our musings on a wide variety of titles. You can comment on our posts and find the titles in our catalog.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things is the 19th century story of Alma Whittaker a plain yet brilliant woman and daughter of the formidable entrepreneur Henry Whittaker. The story tells of Alma’s growing up on a wealthy Philadelphia estate surrounded by acres of wildlife, aggressively educated by her Dutch mother Beatrix. Though plain Alma’s knowledge of [...]

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

I love dogs, and I love poems, and I happened across this book quite by accident. When I saw it, I immediately had to snatch it up, and I read it in one day. This was a library copy, and so, after finishing the book, I had to immediately buy a copy for myself. This [...]

Vanity Fair 100 Years by Graydon Carter

Weighing in at 8.5 pounds and measuring 14.4 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches, Vanity Fair 100 Years, is a sumptuous celebration of the magazine and the culture from the jazz age to today. With a tip of the hat to the origin of the phrase, (Vanity Fair appears as a place for rascality in John [...]

The Chopin Manuscript by Jeffrey Deaver

Harry Middleton is in the middle of an intricate mystery.  Is the Chopin manuscript a fake? If so, why is Heinrich dead, and why is Harry being chased, and framed? The Chopin Manuscript is a fast-paced thriller, filled with classical music, past war crimes, theft, secret codes and murder in Kosovo, Poland and D.C. The [...]

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of Blood is a coming-of-age story, one wrapped in mystery and woven together with family ties and truths. Lucy loves her family and friends, but the discovery of a murdered friend’s pendent in an unexpected place causes Lucy to start to question what she really knows about them. Everyone has secrets, she discovers, [...]

Great Design by Philip Wilkinson

Dorling Kindersley is the British publisher best known for its many visual explorer titles for children. I was somewhat surprised to see this entry for adults. This 2013 title,Great Design, has made the New York Times Notable books of 2013 It’s no wonder. Befittingly, this book on great design…is a beautifully designed visual feast! Each 2-4 [...]

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

“On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.”  From this inauspicious opening sentence through to the satisfying conclusion, Katherine Rundell delights with an imaginative tale for middle grade readers.  While Sophie joins a legion of plucky orphans found in children’s [...]

Archetype by M.D. Waters

Emma Burke wakes up in a hospital, with no memories of how she got there and of her life before. As she becomes stronger, her husband Declan and her doctor fill in her past, telling her she was attacked by enemies of Declan. These enemies are fighting Declan’s company, and are against his plan to [...]

A Spider in the Cup by Barbara Cleverly

I continue my passion for reading World War 1 novels with a foray into the Joe Sandilands series by Barbara Cleverly, reading A Spider in the Cup. While it’s the 11th title in the series, the novel can be read as a stand-alone. Scotland Yard is such a rich venue for detective fiction and Cleverly’s [...]

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Most of us have lost loved ones, and we have grieved the loss. Some of people carry the weight of their grief far longer than they should, and a very few let their grief consume them. Sara Harrison Shea is such a person. When her eight-year-old daughter, Gertie, is found dead at the bottom of [...]

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