Recent discovery: When you’re writing a book, you have less time to read. Nevertheless, it’s summer! Prime time for book reading. So here are some options for the beach, your commute, or when you really need your mind taken off things because your flight is delayed -- again. Please note: all of these pair well with peaches and it's that time, too…

Books I Bought and Read 100%

The Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny

I discovered Louise Penny in January and straightaway ripped through all 12 of the mysteries...

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Children's book expert extraordinaire, Betsy Bird, formerly of the New York Public Library and now head of special collections right here in Evanston, lugged a big bag of books to my home last week to tell all of us on hand about the Best Children's and YA Books of 2016. There are so many terrific books here! if you haven't sewn up your holiday lists, you're in luck. Personal favorites: PAX, Jazz Day, Quite Calling Me a Monster and The Cookie Fiasco! There is something for everyone here: Monsters, the Supernatural, History, Math, Chinese Folk Tales, a Pet Fox, Weird Superpowers, Jemima...

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