February Rave Reviewed

It was another great Rave Reviews session, and we saw a few new faces this month.  Miss Kate is away, so I got the opportunity to step into the group again…and can I just say how much fun this hour a month is, and how much I miss it (and the lovely ladies who attend and crack me up!).  We were joined by Sue, our Self-Publishing Facilitator, and we brought some pretty great reads to share (if we do say so ourselves).  Here are our recommendations to pick up during these long winter days and nights:

Sue’s picks:

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

*Number 6 in the Flavia de Luce mystery series by award-winning Canadian author Alan Bradley.  I challenge you not to become addicted.*

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady

*Set in Windsor, a truly unique perspective on race relations and family dynamics around the time of the Detroit Race Riots.*

Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases we use Every Day by Albert Jack

*Wonder why you’re happy as a clam? Where does lily livered come from?  This entertaining book has all the questions you never thought to ask.*

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” And “Downton Abbey” by Margaret Powell

*Insightful memoir on what life below stairs was really like, told by someone who lived it.*

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

*American Horror Story meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in this teen mystery set in a former mental institution.*

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

*A moving and touching novel about a family’s tribulations, told from a dog’s perspective.*

Jodie’s picks for the month:

Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen

*Pegged as a combo of Misery and Gone Girl, this is the most Un-Christmassy, thrilling book I’ve read in a while.  Quite a twisted ending, so hold on to your hats! *

The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

*Glory Over Everything delves into other characters introduced in the widely acclaimed The Kitchen House.  Race, social status, and belonging have never been so complicated in America as they were during slavery…or have they? *

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

*A semi-biographical account of Jane Austen.  Characters and their characteristics are true, and some events have semi-truths, but the crux of the story is pure fiction.  Loved the fiction of how Austen’s great novels came to be!*

Let the Northorn Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida

*A woman’s search for her identity takes readers on a fantastic ride through her psyche and the lands of Finland and Lapland.  How much does where you really come from matter?*

That’s it for this month.  Hope to see you Wednesday, March 2nd at 2:30pm when Mae will be joining me and bringing her recent faves.



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