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.
Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg

Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg

Lost Hills, Lee Goldberg, Thomas & Mercer – At the end of one’s complex and perhaps trying day, a Lee Goldberg detective story is just the ticket. The prolific author has produced more than 30 novels, mystery series and scores of TV shows, all with the same theme: a hero who saves the day.

Legacy and the Queen by Kobe Bryant, Annie Mathew

Legacy and the Queen by Kobe Bryant, Annie Mathew

Legacy and the Queen by Kobe Bryant, Annie Mathew – If there are any doubts Olympic gold medalist and NBA champion Kobe Bryant can tell a good story, his young reader book, “Legacy and the Queen,” written by Annie Matthew, dispels them.

Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

Recipe for a Perfect Wife, Karma Brown, Penguin Random House – Karma Brown’s novel, “Recipe for a Perfect Wife,” weaves together the unhappy lives of two women, Nellie Murdoch, a 1950s housewife, and Alice, in 2018, who share a powerful bond. The book puts a new spin on the expression that a “women’s place is in the kitchen.”

One for the Black Bird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker

One for the Black Bird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker

One for the Black Bird, One for the Crow, Olivia Hawker, Lake Union Publishing – Olivia Hawker’s enchanting historical novel, One for the Black Bird, One for the Crow, takes place in rugged and isolated Wyoming in 1870 where the nearest town, Paintrock, lies miles away, unapproachable in winter except by sleigh. 

March Sisters: On life, death, and Little Women

March Sisters: On life, death, and Little Women

March Sisters: On life, death, and Little Women, Library of America – Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical classic novel, Little Women, written a century-and-half ago, continues to resonate, most recently prompting The Library of America’s new book, “March Sisters.” Four women writers comment on how the characters, loosely based on Alcott’s own family, shaped their own lives. 

Booth Tarkington, Novels & Stories

Booth Tarkington, Novels & Stories

Booth Tarkington, Novels & Stories, edited by Thomas Mallon, Library of America – Few have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction twice, but Booth Tarkington did, first with his 1919 novel, “The Magnificent Ambersons,” and then, three years later, for “Alice Adams.”

The Braid by Laetitia Colombani

The Braid by Laetitia Colombani

The Braid, Laetitia Colombani, Atria – Laetitia Colombani’s most inspiring novel, “The Braid,” takes us on a breathtaking journey, laced with valuable historical perspectives of three women facing different obstacles, mostly obscure, and almost beyond our comprehension

Ghost Stories Edited by Morton & Klinger

Ghost Stories Edited by Morton & Klinger

Ghost Stories, Edited by Morton & Klinger, Pegasus Books – It was in the 18th century, after the Civll War and World War I, when a growing interest in communicating with the war dead spawned a new religion: “Spiritualism.” That in turn prompted emergence of ghost stories.

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

From Scratch, Tembi Locke, Simon & Schuster – Actor and TEDx speaker Tembi Locke’s memoir, “From Scratch,” is a documentation of a complicated journey of a Black American whose Sicilian husband is disowned by his family who objected to their biracial marriage.

Walt Whitman Speaks edited by Brenda Wineapple

Walt Whitman Speaks edited by Brenda Wineapple

Walt Whitman Speaks, Brenda Wineapple Editor, Library of America, – The Library of America marked Walt Whitman’s bicentennial by releasing a condensed version of his final thoughts on “life, writing, spirituality and the promise of America” in a pocketbook entitled, “Walt Whitman Speaks.”