I Am Amelia Earhart, by Brad Meltzer

After much deliberation, and I truly mean nearly a year’s worth of brainstorming and mind-numbing indecisiveness, a very important decision has finally been reached in our household. They’re going in a totally new direction than I’d expected, and working together no … Continue reading

Young Frank Architect, by Frank Viva

I’ve always joked that I should make a category of “Uncle Jess” books, because some of our favorite treasures come from her. (Not him…Uncle Jess is indeed a woman and also my oldest friend, childhood neighbor, and somewhat distant cousin, … Continue reading

A Time to Keep, the Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays

Happy New Year! I know we’re already a week and a half into 2014, I’m kind of in the weeds still. The east coast storm and subsequent airport cancellations kept us in Michigan a little longer than expected, and when … Continue reading

Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling

I’ve lived in the mountains, and I’ve lived on the ocean, but I’m a Great Lakes girl at heart. I’m writing this post from my childhood bedroom almost a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. It’s the first Christmas I’ve spent … Continue reading

Adèle & Simon, by Barbara McClintock

I remember being a little girl and climbing onto the kitchen counter to watch my big brother out the window walking down the long driveway to wait for the school bus. I remember that feeling of being left behind, of … Continue reading

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat, by Susanna Reich

I once was accused of being a francophile, as though I ought to be ashamed of being enamored with all things French- like I shouldn’t admire their style, romance, and sophistication. If the intention was to insult me, it wasn’t … Continue reading