I wrote this post for Madison Public Library nearly a month ago about needing sunshine and reading books that take place in warm climes. And, sadly, I could have written it today. Nasty cold gloomy weather! Now I’m reading Under the Tuscan Sun. Lots of sunshine and heat, plus it’s chock full with lovely descriptions. […]

Seeing Me Naked

SEEING ME NAKED by Liza Palmer was SO funny! I don’t read a ton of adult books (who has time, when there are so many fabulous young adult books to read?), but this was definitely worth the trip over to the adult side. I laughed out loud. SEVERAL TIMES. The basic story is about thirty-something […]


I’ve officially recommended REPOSSESSED by A.M. Jenkins to about the 500th person over the age of fourteen. It’s incredibly funny, the voice is strong, and the main character is strangely beguiling — he is, after all, the bad guy — a fallen angel who takes over someone’s body while on a little break from hell. […]

Patricia MacLachlan, Espresso Cookies, and Pumpkin Bread

Patricia MacLachlan was a great Charlotte Zolotow lecturer, telling stories I’m sure would make her children cringe but brought down the house (so to speak, this was an academic lecture no one threw confetti or anything — maybe I’ll bring some next year and see how it goes over) and welcomed everyone into her family, […]