Adult Fiction

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina: The Foods of Latin America Book Cover

This cookbook has an amazingly comprehensive set of recipes for Latin American dishes. Beyond the wonderful recipes, it also gives a compelling and rich history behind the foods and specific ingredients. In my own home, I often find myself reaching for it when I'm itching to cook something new. Aji de gallina (pg 671) makes a frequent appearance at my dinner table, and you will always find Chimichurri (pg 132) in my fridge.

The address

The address Book Cover

This novel focuses on The Dakota Building in NYC. The author certainly researched this building in detail as she explains why each apartment was built the way it was back in the late 1800's. She combines Historical events with a tale of greed, passion, and sacrifice told 100 years apart . Sara is the character in 1885 where as Bailey is the character in 1985 and how they overlap is cleverly written. A great read for those that like historical fiction with a murder entwined in the pages.

Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes Book Cover

This sweeping, world-building “space opera” is a faced-paced sci-fi whodunit and first book in The Expanse series. Most of James S. A. Corey’s characters are flawed, but he gets you to like the characters despite them. Corey is a pen name for Daniel Abraham (known for adapting Game of Thrones) and Ty Franck (personal assistant to George R. R. Martin). The Expanse was adapted to television through the Syfy channel.

Small great things : a novel

Small great things : a novel Book Cover

I never thought I would enjoy a Jodi Picoult novel, but this one proved me wrong. Narrated by three characters, this novel is fast paced. The white supremacy is infuriating and it is hard to read from one of the character’s points of view – but Picoult succeeded in making the reader feel such rage and uneasiness with him. If you have read Lilac Girls, this book is similarly structured – or if you like this novel – read Lilac Girls next!

Circe

Circe Book Cover

Modern twist to Greek Mythology at its finest! This was a fascinating read about how it feels to live amongst mortals from a gods perspective.

A man called Ove : a novel

A man called Ove : a novel Book Cover

This novel, by Swedish writer, blogger and columnist Fredrik Backman, tells a heartwarming and comical story of love, loss and how a neighborhood transforms a lonely curmudgeon's life into one worth living! The love and bonds that develop between all the diverse and quirky neighbors is refreshing and will have you laughing and crying out loud! Be prepared to fall in love with Ove!

The first fifteen lives of Harry August

The first fifteen lives of Harry August Book Cover

This novel tells the story of Harry August, a man who is granted the gift of eternal life. The catch is that he lives the same life, birth to death, each time, with the knowledge of all the lives lived before. Upon his 11th deathbed, he receives a message that spurs him to alter how he lives--and dies--in order to save the world.

The signature of all things

The signature of all things Book Cover

This novel tells the story of Alma Whittaker, the only daughter of Philadelphia's richest man. She is a brilliant botanist, and lucky enough to be born on the cusp of the industrial revolution and great scientific advancement. The book will take you on an adventure from Alma's home in Philadelphia, to Tahiti, and beyond. A great read!

City of thieves

City of thieves Book Cover

Set during the infamous siege of Leningrad; this book has a dark humor tone. Not usually what I would pick up, but I loved it.

The alchemist

The alchemist Book Cover

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following, almost a cult, around the world. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to overcome all of the obstacles in his path (and they are many). What starts out as a journey to find riches turns into a discovery of the treasure found within, including love.