Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla is an author, poet and artist. Her book, Apples Rot on the Ground (May 2020), is a collection of gut-wrenching poems detailing the racism and bigotry that existed for Hispanic families in early New Mexico & Wyoming.
Then Again by Diane Keaton

Then Again by Diane Keaton

Don’t look for a sizzling expose about actress Diane Keaton’s memorable romances with Woody Allen, Al Pacino and Warren Beatty in her memoir, Then and Again. Rather, it is a compassionate and educational collage of dying and loving, assembled from hers and her mother’s journals.

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s newest novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife, is like devouring a chocolate cake with tons of icing. One must first slice through her extensive, but rich, details ranging from the architectural design of the New York Metropolitan Opera House to a Serbian dinner party in Minnesota before reaching the heart of her dramatic story inspired by her Italian grandparents who migrated to the United States at the turn of the century.

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins

Former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ forte is his earthy narrative poems that focus on the familiar. In his recent book, “Horoscopes for the Dead,” Collins intertwines a melancholic tone with wit and charm as he reacts to death and his relationship with nature.

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer Dubois

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer Dubois

The parallel lives of an American woman and a world chess champion from the Soviet Union tragically disentangle in Jennifer Dubois’ historical fiction, A Partial History of Lost Causes, entitled after dissidents’ propaganda leaflets during the Cold War.

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats by Chris Pavone

As a spy mystery reader, I was outraged after the first few chapters of Chris Pavone’s first novel, “The Expats.” His clues were obvious. Protagonist Kate Moore, a trained CIA operative wasn’t suspicious when a new acquaintance in a foreign country asked for the keys to her car or the use of her computer. I wanted to scream at the pages that Julia Moore was clearly planning a tracking devise and installing spyware.

Restoration by Olaf Olafsson

Restoration by Olaf Olafsson

Enter into the most unimaginable and unique mystery novel, Restoration, by Olaf Olafsson and be awed by his brilliant skill in weaving a story. You will be captivated by two women whose lives intersect at an Italian villa in 1944 as German troops move across Italy.

Drifting House by Krys Lee

Drifting House by Krys Lee

Emerging, and strikingly talented, writer Krys Lee launches a set of extraordinary short stories plotted in Korea and United States with extraordinary and believable characters stripped down to their most vulnerable emotional core and in the rawest of circumstances.

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

The Last Nude is a brilliant story harmonized with Author Ellis Avery’s remarkable ability to fabricate stimulating scenes and captivating characters. Avery weaves this sensual drama around the true historical life of Polish art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka and her fictional muse and model, Rafaela Fano.

Dangerous Ambition by Susan Hertog

Dangerous Ambition by Susan Hertog

Susan Hertog’s biographies of two powerful and successful women, Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, Dangerous Ambition, brings to mind Malcolm Gladwell’s current book, Outliers: The Story of Success, in which he claims the fortunate succeed because of ability, opportunity and hard work.

Survivors by James Wesley, Rawles

Survivors by James Wesley, Rawles

I began reading James Wesley, Rawles’s novel, The Survivors, just as the “Occupy” movement gained momentum amid continued economic uncertainty. It’s a story of a fictional global economic collapse, filtered by Rawles’s experience as a former U.S. Army intelligence officer.