Ideal Bookshelf Project

Obviously I couldn’t pick just ten books and even some of what I included are more representative of collections or genres! In general, I gravitate toward fiction – these days it is anything Neil Gaiman (listening to him read his audio books is amazing – he’s English) and I especially enjoyed reading The Graveyard, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and his “Make Good … Read more

The Power of Habit

THE POWER OF HABIT: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO IN LIFE & BUSINESS CHARLES DUHIGG   BOOK REVIEW: In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information … Read more


WHERE THEY FOUND HER BY KIMBERLY McCREIGHT     BOOK REVIEW: An idyllic suburban town. A devastating discovery. Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever. At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town’s prestigious … Read more


    GOODNIGHT JUNE BY SARAH JIO         PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: In the great green room There was a telephone And a red balloon And a picture of— So begins the iconic children’s book Goodnight Moon by author Margaret Wise Brown. Though this is not where Goodnight June begins, this beloved children’s story … Read more


WORLD TO COME BY DARA HORN   BOOK REVIEW: A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles’ cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents’ living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family’s startling … Read more


COPPER MAGIC BY JULIA MARY GIBSON   BOOK SUMMARY: Debut author Julia Mary Gibson explores turn-of-the-century Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, in her historical fiction novel, Copper Magic. The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand … Read more


UNDERSTANDING COMICS: THE INVISIBLE ART BY SCOTT MCCLOUD   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Out of all the books that are published every year, why would you spend your time reading pictures? I advocate for graphic novels because it is a fascinating and irrefutable visual experience like no other. Still considered a somewhat up-and-coming genre of … Read more