Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan

Synopsis  When Clay Jannon looses his design/marketing  job at NewBagel in San Francisco he begins a quest to find a job. Armed with an Art School Degree and no real world experience, he scours the city both virtually, and physically for a job with little luck, until one afternoon, when he happens upon a help… Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan

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The Silver Witch, by Paula Brackston

The Silver Witch is the story of two women, born centuries apart, and the lake that binds them together. When Tilda, and her husband (Mat) bought the idyllic little cottage, their plan was to begin their lives together, making pottery and drawing inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Welsh countryside. However, when Mat dies… Continue reading The Silver Witch, by Paula Brackston

The Metropolitans, by Carol Goodman

The Metropolitans, by Carol Goodman has all of the classic elements of a great children’s book: a quest, danger, friendship, and magic. Like all truly great stories, what makes this story special is the fact that within the fantasy and the fiction the characters take on some of life’s most veritable, and universally painful struggles: loss, alienation, fear, and shame. However, Goodman takes this one step further by weaving in just enough factual elements and places to make the story seem not only believable, but real as well.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, By Susan Cain

In short, Susan Cain’s Quiet is the definitive owners guide to the introverted personality, and as such, is a must read for anyone who is, or loves, an introvert. As an undergraduate, and again as a graduate student in Psychology, I enjoyed the required courses on personality theory. Even if most of the theories discussed… Continue reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, By Susan Cain

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

Just as in the classic version of Beauty in the Beast, this story is about a young woman who is imprisoned by a beast in an enchanted castle in her father’s stead. However, unlike every other version of this story I have read, in this story Beauty is not beautiful. Instead, she is a tall… Continue reading Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley