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Lisa Says… Read This Book by David Benioff

City of Thieves by David Benioff City of Thieves, by David Benioff is a novel everyone will enjoy and not be able to put down. It is humorous, sentimental, thrilling and contains engaging and unforgettable characters. Set during the 900-Day Seige as the Nazis invade Leningrad, two unlikely young men are thrown together on an […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Geraldine Brooks

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks I was compelled to read Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks, because my son spent the summer off the coast of Massachusetts where the majority of the novel takes place. Like many, I enjoy historical fiction, and Brooks writes about early America with wit and wisdom as she tells the story […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Tea Obreht

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht Twenty-five year old Tea Obreht has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and been included in the National Book Foundation’s list of “5 under 35.” Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and has lived in […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book for July 2011

Doc by Mary Doria Russell Mary Doria Russell is the author of a favorite book of mine titled The Sparrow. It is a religious, science fiction-type novel that explores the Jesuit Society traveling in space to pursue and learn about the frontiers of exploration. Jesuits universally never went anywhere to proselytize, they only explored so […]

Lisa Says… It’s Time for Beach Reads!

The Midewife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain Diane Chamberlain is a bestselling author of 19 novels; her latest is The Midwife’s Confession. Set in North Carolina, Tara, Emerson and Noelle are lifelong friends from high school and college and spend their lives together with their growing families at home, at work and everywhere in between. At […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown I always wanted a sister and was quite envious of friends who had one. I had brothers, and after reading Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters, I retain the same wish. I have friends as close as a sister could be, and I love them dearly. There must be something […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Susan Vreeland

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland, is an unforgettable story told at the turn of the 20th century that sheds light on the fact that Louis Comfort Tiffany may not have been the only artist behind the beautiful Tiffany Lamps we know today. Louis was the son […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, is a marvelous novel. It does what all good books do, engrosses you from page one, telling a great story of love, abandonment, betrayal and redemption. Verghese is a physician and an accomplished author who writes with passion and intimacy. Cutting for Stone […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Chaim Potok

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok Chaim Potok was an American Jewish author and Rabbi with a long list of award winning novels, the most popular and notable is probably The Chosen, written in 1967. Another beautifully written and moving book is My Name is Asher Lev, the story of a young Hassidic […]

Room by Emma Donoghue Five year old Jack has spent his entire life in an 11 x 11 foot room, with his Ma, eating, sleeping, learning and playing. Room is the world to Jack, but to his mother it is a prison she has survived in since she was abducted at age 19. Jack and […]

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