Julie says . . . "When she wakes in the hospital, Jennifer Sterling remembers nothing of her life. Returning home with her husband, nothing seems familiar. And then, one day she finds a passionate love letter, to her, from someone clearly not her husband. It's a great story of passion and missed chances."
Julie says . . . "Sometimes the world portrayed in dystopian novels is, while thrilling and fascinating, a little too unlike our own to hit home with me. Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles is set in what is very much our world with one crucial difference: the Earth's rotation has begun to slow. As the characters, so much like us, confront this momentous challenge, they must, some how, continue to live their lives."
Julie says . . . "This was a wonderful book about a period in history that I knew virtually nothing about -- the Gold Star Mothers and their trip to France to visit the graves of their sons. It was well written, with wonderful characters, and a plot that made you cry. "This was a wonderful book about a period in history that I knew virtually nothing about -- the Gold Star Mothers and their trip to France to visit the graves of their sons. It was well written, with wonderful characters, and a story that made me cry."
Julie says . . . "What a good and beautiful love story. A journalist goes to the Aleutian Islands toward the end of World War II, and after his plane crashes, disappears. After many months of not hearing from him, his wife goes to look for him."
Julie says . . . "This must be one of the very best books I've read recently. It is based on the true story of two sisters from Charleston, South Carolina who grew up with slavery and fought against it. It's been chosen as an Oprah book group pick for obvious reasons, and is probably one of the best she's ever chosen. "
Julie says . . . "I loved this book about Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny. Their life together made a wonderful story. And more than anything, it left me wanting to read some of the books by Robert Louis Stevenson, especially the travel writing."
Julie says . . . "I liked this a lot, but it made me sad. Scott Fitzgerald's books were always among my favorites when I was in high school and college, and it was sad to read how badly he treated his wife -- assuming, of course, that much of this book was based on truth. I wonder if her book, Save the Waltz, is still available."
Julie says . . . "Big old houses contain mysteries: light switches that don't seem to power anything; the odd interior window; nailed-up doors in basements that lead to goodness knows where. When Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters move to a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, they don't much notice the long sealed door in a dusty corner of the basement. But just because someone else thought you could lock away danger that doesn't mean it can't come back . . . thump, thump, thump."