Being an aficionado of all things Victorian and also of murder mysteries, I am currently devouring Anne Perry’s book Callander Square which fits the bill perfectly! Having just recently discovered her, I decided to start at the beginning of her writings and go from there. Having read The Cater Street Hangman, I am now onto her next novel which is my current read. Her style of writing is engaging and her characters follow from book to book, so one gets to really become a part of their story.
Just read Shoutin’ Into The Fog by Thomas Hanna
Now reading The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
I have a few going, naturally. I am re-listening to Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) in the Cormoran Strike series. Also listening, for the first time to Theft by Finding : Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris.
Waiting in the wings are The Witch Elm by Tana French, Manderley Forever : A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay, and A Better Man by Louise Penny.
I just finished Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. I picked it up decades ago but just couldn’t get into it at the time. Throughout the years it has been referred to many times in things I have come across, so I finally picked it up again. After all, it IS a classic so it must have something going for it. It got me this time. Its blend of nostalgia for more innocent times, childhood memories, and just a touch of darkness worked it’s magic on me at last. Funny how you can reject a story at some point in your life and then totally embrace it at another time in your life.
And in reference to a section of that book, who doesn’t remember how fast you can run or how high you can jump with a new pair of sneakers? Wonderful.
I read Where The Light Enters : Building A Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden. I wanted to learn more about this family and see how they handle life with its joys and struggles. This was electrifying biography of Jill Biden that did not disappoint me. I could definitely reread the book to get more out of it and I would highly recommend it.
1.) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (2019) – I am only a few chapters into this one at the moment, but so far I am thoroughly enjoying it! – It’s about a place where are the stories of the world are kept, the sundry of ways the stories are stored (written on paper, etched into stone, threaded with spider webs, traced into the veins of leaves), and the people who protect them.
Blurb: “Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.
Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues – a bee, a key, and a sword – that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians – it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction.”
2.) The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley (1988) – Recommended to be by the lovely Miss Ann! I am about halfway through this book, and it’s been an extremely fun/interesting read so far. As the title might suggest, it is a retelling of the story of Robin Hood, Marian, and the gang of Merrie Men; for me, it truly is a completely different look at these characters of legend. The biggest plus for me, is that McKinley doesn’t start off the story with Robin and his men already being folk-hero legends, she allows the reader to join in on their journey to their more familiar roles of protectors of the poor.
Blurb: “There have been many tales and ballads about the man we know as Robin Hood, and the lady Marian, Little John, Will Scarlet and the rest. But Newbery medalist Robin McKinley brings her unique gifts of storytelling to the familiar legends, and creates an original and compelling novel. – In the days of King Richard the Lionheart, a young forester named Robin set out one morning for the Nottingham Fair. But he never arrived. By the end of the day a man lay dead in the King’s Forest, and Robin was an outlaw with a price on his head.”
I recently finished The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware for our book discussion group. The book was very discuss-able for the group, with more likes than dislikes. The main character is a Tarot reader in the story, and as someone who read cards myself, that piece interested me. I felt that the cards could have been better used throughout the story. Hal, (the protagonist) reads cards, and refers to herself as a “cold reader”. This is basically a person who has memorized the cards, but is using the body language, verbal and non-verbal responses, as well as social media as a way to read her clients. I found, in reading the interview questions in the back of the book, that the author had never had a Tarot reading, nor studied the cards. All of her information came from books that she had used. I have to say that piece left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
Another book I have going is Animal Farm : The Graphic Novel by George Orwell ; adapted and illustrated by Odyr. It’s been many years since I originally read the book, so this is sort of a fun way to remember a title. Recently, I have found several of the more “classic” novels in this form and have enjoyed them in a different way.
I just checked out an audio book – The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion. This is the third book in this series, and I am looking forward to it!
Earlier today I finished The Black Lung Captain, a steam-punk style fantasy adventure written by Chris Wooding. This is the second title in the series Tales from the Ketty Jay, (which refers to the name of the airship on which much of the story takes place). The plot revolves around the crew of the Ketty Jay joining the captain of another craft, (who suffers from the “Black Lung” disease), on an expedition to retrieve a mysterious artifact from a crashed airship in the savage wilds. The downed airship turns out to be from the supernatural civilization that lives at the North Pole, cut off from the rest of the world by a band of violent electrical storms. Plenty of air battles, gun fights, and other steam-punk style action ensues.
Chris Wooding does an excellent job keeping the story moving, while allowing every member of the eight person crew to grow and develop over the course of the book. The story is engaging and action-packed, with stakes that are both serious and easy to understand. Readers will discover a fine mix of drama, comedy, tragedy, and romance, without any of those themes overwhelming the entire plot. Fans of the science fiction TV shows Firefly and Independence would probably find this an enjoyable read. The series starts with the previous title, Retribution Falls. I would recommend reading that title first if you want to get the most out of this book, although it is not strictly necessary.
Almost midnight by Paul Doiron. A deadly attack on one of Maine’s last wild wolves leads Game Warden Mike Bowditch to an even bigger criminal conspiracy.
Ask again, yes by Mary Beth Keane. A family saga about 2 Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between 2 of their children, and the tragedies to tear them apart and destroy the future.
Backlash by Brad Thor. Cut off from any support, Scot Harvath fights to get his revenge.
Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. Detective Jackson Brodie uncovers a sinister network in a sleepy seaside town.
The chain by Adrian McKinty. At once a commentary on social media, greed, revenge, love, and true evil, this will have readers searching for more titles by this author.
The eagle flies at night by Jan Anderson. What does an ordinary community do when the state settles refugees in their city? How does the arrival of refugees challenge the hearts and minds of residents? These are the questions Rev. Giles asks himself and his congregation as they wrestle with an influx to the city of Portland, Maine.
Into the jungle by Erica Ferencik. A young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.
The last house guest by Megan Miranda. A suspenseful novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own.
Lock every door by Riley Sager. A woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of NY’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays
The long flight home by Alan Hlad. A fresh angle (which begins in Maine) on the blitz of World War II and focuses on the homing pigeons used by the British, and the people who trained and cared for them.
Lost and found by Danielle Steel. A photographer embarks on a road trip to reconnect with three men she might have married.
More news tomorrow by Susan Shreve. Family drama about a daughter’s quest to understand her mother’s mysterious death.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. A timely exploration of 2 sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places – and be true to themselves – in a rapidly evolving world.
The new girl by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon, the chief of Israeli intelligence, partners with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, whose daughter has been kidnapped.
On earth we’re briefly gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Little Dog writes a letter to a mother who cannot read, revealing a family history.
The paper wasp by Lauren Acampora. A woman with big but unfocused ambitions moves to LA to become the personal assistant to her childhood best friend, a rising Hollywood starlet.
Paris, 7 a.m. by Liza Wieland. A novel of what happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during 3 life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent threat of World War II.
The perfect child by Lucinda Berry. A novel of suspense about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own – and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted.
Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank. A beekeeper’s quiet life is unsettled by her demanding mother, outgoing sister, and neighboring widower.
Roughhouse Friday by Jaed Coffin. A meditation on violence and abandonment, masculinity, and our inescapable longing for love. The author lives in Brunswick, Maine.
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace. A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson. A bittersweet coming of age story in the vein of Stand By Me about a group of misfit kids who spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends.
Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand. Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed – 1969.
Surfside sisters by Nancy Thayer. A Nantucket woman returns home to find that reunions aren’t always simple.
Under currents by Nora Roberts. A novel about the power of family to harm – and to heal.
We went to the woods by Caite Dolan-Leach. They went off the grid. Their secrets didn’t. A novel about the allure – and dangers – of disconnecting.
Window on the bay by Debbie Macomber. When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself – and her passions.
Captain Marvel (2019) starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson
The public (2019) starring Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, and Gabrielle Union
Mountains of the moon (1989) starring Patrick Bergin and Iain Glen
What they had (2018) starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Blythe Danner
A room with a view (1986) starring Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, and Daniel Day-Lewis
Dancing on the edge (2013) starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset
It follows (2014) starring Maika Monroe and Keir Gilchrist
Burn the place by Iliana Regan. A singular expressive debut memoir that traces one chef’s struggle find her place and what happens when she does.
Dutch girl by Robert Matzen. Near the end of 1939, 10 year old Audrey Hepburn flew from boarding school in England into the Netherlands, which would soon become a war zone. What she experienced in 5 years of Nazi occupation has never been explored until now.
The honey bus by Meredith May. An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather, and one of nature’s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.
I know what I saw by Linda Godfrey. Modern-day encounters with monsters of new urban legend and ancient lore.
Invisible heroes of World War II by Jerry Borrowman. Extraordinary wartime stories of ordinary people.
Love thy neighbor by Ayaz Virji. A true story about a Muslim doctor’s service to small-town America and the hope of overcoming our country’s climate of hostility and fear.
Mary’s household tips and tricks by Mary Berry. The Queen of Baking now shares her expertise in home maintenance and care.
Slime by Ruth Kassinger. How algae created us, plague us, and just might save us.
Songs of America by Jon Meacham. The author joins Tim McGraw to explore how American was shaped by music.
The Stonewall Reader. A generous and eclectic assortment of writings about the historical Stonewall Riots. It is divided into 3 sections: Before, During, and After Stonewall.
Supernavigators by David Barrie. A globetrotting voyage of discovery celebrating the navigational gifts of animals; from whales and lobsters to birds and beetles – and many more.
This is really war by Emilie Lucchesi. The incredible true story of a navy nurse POW in the occupied Philippines.
Wild and crazy guys by Nick Semlyen. How the comedy mavericks of the ‘80s changed Hollywood forever.
New Children’s Books
Another by Christian Robinson
Bear came along by Richard T. Morris
Field trip to the moon by John Hare
How do you care for a very sick bear? by Vanessa Bayer
Hum and swish by Matt Myers
Kindness makes the world go round by Craig Manning
My little chick, from egg to chick– by Geraldine Elschner
A normal pig by K-Fai Steele
Rainbow : a first book of pride by Michael Genhart
Rocket says look up! by Nathan Bryon
This beach is loud! by Samantha Cotterill
Vamos! Let’s go to the market by Raul Gonzalez
Owl diaries # 5 : Warm hearts day by Rebecca Elliott
Owl diaries # 6 : Baxter is missing by Rebecca Elliott
Owl diaries # 7 : The Wildwood Bakery by Rebecca Elliott
DK findout! Birds by Ben Hoare
DK findout! Castles by Philip Steele
The girl who named Pluto : the story of Venetia Burney by Alice B McGinty
Just right : searching for the Goldilocks planet by Curtis Manley
Military dogs on the job by Roxanne Troup
Night sky : explore nature with fun facts and activities by Carole Scott
Planetarium by Raman Prinja
Super summer : all kinds of summer facts and fun by Bruce Goldstone
They, she, he, me : free to be! by Maya and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez
Camp by Kayla Miller
Dinosaur explorers #1 Prehistoric pioneers by Redcode & Albbie
The Giver by P. Craig Russell
Olympians #11 Hephaistos: god of fire by George O’Connor
Putuguq & Kublu and the qalupalik by Roselynn Akulukjuk
The underfoot : the mighty deep by Ben Fisher
Wolfie Monster and the big bad pizza battle by Joey Ellis
Open season with Martin Lawrence
Race to Witch Mountain by Walt Disney with Dwayne Johnson
Ruby’s studio. The friendship show with Dr. Robyn Silverman
The three musketeers by Walt Disney
Wonder Park with Jennifer Garner
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
America was hard to find by Kathleen Alcott. Three indelible characters embody the truths about this country in transition during America’s most iconic moments in the later part of the last century: the race to space, the race against the Vietnam War, and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic.
The body in the wake by Katherine Hall Page. Amateur detective and caterer Faith Fairchild is at her Penobscot Bay, Maine cottage preparing for a summer wedding, when she stumbles across….a body.
Bunny by Mona Awad. A darkly funny, strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one.
Cape May by Chip Cheek. This explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.
City of girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Someone told Vivian Morris in her youth that she would never be an interesting person. Good thing they didn’t put money on it.
The confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London.
Dark site by Patrick Lee. Sam Dryden comes under attack from unknown forces as an unremembered episode from his past threatens more than just his life.
Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen. An ex-convict, an ex-Marine, and a rescue dog are caught in the cross-hairs of a ruthless gang in remote Washington State.
Disappearing earth by Julia Phillips. A year in the lives of women and girls on an isolated peninsula in northeastern Russia opens with a chilling crime.
The flight portfolio by Julie Orringer. Based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.
The guest book by Sarah Blake. This sets out to be more than a juicy family saga – it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both accounts.
Have you seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Hyde. A novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.
The heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens. A rediscovered sci-fi classic written in 1919 set in a dystopian 22nd century society where the winner takes all, a precursor to “The Hunger Games”….and to Hitler’s Germany.
How we disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee. A novel set in World War II Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything.
The invited by Jennifer McMahon. A chilling ghost story with a twist – in the woods of Vermont a husband and wife don’t simply move into a haunted house, they build one.
Little darlings by Melanie Golding. “Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller.
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin. Novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II – while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris.
Necessary people by Anna Pitoniak. Set against the fast-paced backdrop of TV news, this is a propulsive work of psychological suspense about ambition and privilege, about the thin line between friendship and rivalry, about the people we need in our lives, and the people we don’t.
On a summer tide by Suzanne Fisher. When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, his daughter thinks he’s lost his mind. She soon discovers the island has its own way of living…and loving.
The oracle by Clive Cussler. A husband and wife treasure hunting team search for an ancient scroll which carries a deadly curse.
The policewomen’s bureau by Edward Conlon. The NYPD’s “No Girls Allowed” sign fades in this fictional account of a real woman’s struggle for respect and success in a profession that men wanted all to themselves.
Redemption by David Baldacci. Amos Decker learns that he may have made a mistake on a case he worked as a rookie detective – one with heartbreaking consequences, and he may be the only person who can put it right.
Resistance women by Jennifer Chiaverini. Historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifices of an era and brings to life one courageous American and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.
This storm by James Ellroy. A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles.
Vessel by Lisa Nichols. An astronaut returns to Earth after losing her entire crew to an inexplicable disaster, but is her version of what happened in space the truth? Or is there more to the story?
Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers. Seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.
A woman is no man by Etaf Rum. A Palestinian-American teenager, much like her mother before her, faces the prospect of an arranged marriage.
The art of inventing hope by Howard Reich. This offers an unprecedented in-depth conversation between the world’s most revered Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and the son of survivors, Howard Reich.
The book of pride by Mason Funk. This captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, studding interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen.
The cost of these dreams by Wright Thompson. A collection of true stories about the dream of greatness and its cost in the world of sports.
A fiery gospel by Richard Gamble. The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the road to righteous war. Readers with an interest in 19th century American religious and political popular culture will enjoy this bio of the hymn by Gardiner’s own Julia Ward Howe.
Furious hours by Casey Cep. Harper Lee worked on the true-crime story about a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members in the 1970s. Cep unravels the mystery surrounding Harper Lee’s first and only work of nonfiction, and the shocking true crimes at the center of it.
How to forget by Kate Mulgrew. In this very honest and examined memoir about returning to Iowa to care for her ailing parents, Mulgrew takes us on an unexpected journey of loss, betrayal, and the transcendent nature of a daughter’s love for her parents.
Questions I am asked about the Holocaust by Hedi Fried. Now 94, Fried has spent her life educating about the Holocaust as a survivor and answering questions about one of the darkest periods in human history.
Save me the plums by Ruth Reichl. Gourmet magazine readers will relish the behind-the-scenes peek at the workings of the magazine. Reichl’s revealing memoir is a deeply personal look at a food world on the brink of change.
A season on the wind by Kenn Kaufman. A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration and the perils of human encroachment.
They were all her property by Stephanie Jones-Rogers. Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery.
Woodstock by Dale Bell. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, this new photo book goes behind the scenes of the hit documentary film, Woodstock.
New Children’s Books for July 2019
Bruno, the standing cat by Nadine Robert
Cece loves science and adventure by Kimberly Derting
Count on me by Miguel Tanco
Dear boy, a celebration of cool, clever, compassionate you! by Paris Rosenthal
Ghost cat by Kevan Atteberry
How to read a book by Kwame Alexander
Sea glass summer by Michelle Houts
Tilly & Tank by Jay Fleck
Fancy Nancy Toodle-oo Miss Moo by Victoria Saxon
First little readers book level B by Liza Charlesworth
Leaf it to Dot by Andrea Cascardi
Rocket out of the park by Andrea Cascardi
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson
The haunted house by R. A. Montgomery
Princess Island by Shannon Gilligan
Space pup by R. A. Montgomery
Your grandparents are spies by Anson Montomery
Your grandparents are zombies by Anson Montomery
Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals by Fredrik Colting
How to be a scientist by Steve Mould
The science of flight by Ian Graham
The science of spacecraft by Alex Woolf
The science of vehicles by Roger Canavan
What a waste: trash, recycling, and protecting our planet by Jess French
Bernie the dolphin with Lola Sultan
The cheetah children by PBS with Robyn Keene-Young
How to train your dragon: the hidden world with Jay Baruchel
Telling time by Rock ‘n learn with Richard Caudie
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
The A list by J.A. Jance. An imprisoned fertility doctor seeks revenge.
Anna of Kleve, the princess in the portrait by Alison Weir. The surprising life of the least known of King Henry VIII’s wives is illuminated in this volume of the Six Tudor Queens series.
At Briarwood School for Girls by Michael Knight. It’s 1994 and Leonore is a junior at Briarwood. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control. Right. Sure it is.
The better sister by Alafair Burke. When a Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters – one the dead man’s widow and the other his ex – must set aside mistrust and old resentments. But can they escape the past?
The book woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson. Basically about the power of reading and libraries, this also explores the extreme rural poverty of 1930s Appalachia and labor unrest among coal miners.
The bookshop of the broken hearted by Robert Hillman. A tender novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant librarian who is many years his senior.
A boy and his dog at the end of the world by C.A. Fletcher. When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this tale of survival, courage, and hope.
The bride test by Helen Hoang. A superior romance in which a young Vietnamese woman seizes an opportunity to travel to America in hopes of finding a husband and a better life.
The Cornwalls are gone by James Patterson. An Army intelligence officer must commit a crime or lose her kidnapped husband and daughter.
The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz. 10 writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged genius, a lethal contest pitting them against one another.
A dream of death by Connie Berry. On a remote Scottish island, an American antiques dealer wrestles with her own past while sleuthing a killing, staged to recreate a 200 year old unsolved murder.
The farm by Joanne Ramos. At a luxurious secret facility in upstate New York, women who need money bear children for wealthy would-be mothers. Excellent – both as a reproductive dystopian narrative and as a social novel about women and class.
If she wakes by Michael Koryta. Slowly emerging from the coma she’s been in since a black cargo van rammed the car she was using to transport a visiting professor who was thus killed, Maine college senior Tara is targeted by a ruthless young hit man.
Lost roses by Martha Kelly. In 1914, the New York socialite Eliza Ferriday works to help White Russian families escape from the revolution.
Mr. Gandy’s grand tour by Alan Titchmarsh. Free with no responsibilities, Mr. Gandy sets off for a grand tour of the type popular in the 18th century. Paris certainly, and Italy. After that, who knows? It’s sure to be either an ugly midlife disaster or an opportunity for growth.
Naamah by Sarah Blake. A retelling of Noah’s ark centered around his wife, Naamah – the woman who helped reshape the world with her hands.
Normal people by Sally Rooney. The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.
Rabbits for food by Binnie Kirshenbaum. A laugh-out-loud funny story of a writer’s slide into depression and institutionalization.
Someone knows by Lisa Scottoline. A novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn’t always mean innocent.
They all fall down by Rachel Hall. Seven sinners arrive on a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.
Triple jeopardy by Anne Perry. Young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat accused of a theft that may cover up a deadly crime.
Two weeks by Karen Kingsbury. A pregnant 18 year old has limited time to change her mind about giving her baby up for adoption.
A wonderful stroke of luck by Ann Beattie. Set in a boarding school in New Hampshire, this is about the complicated relationship between a charismatic teacher and his students, and the secrets we keep from those we love.
Wunderland by Jennifer Epstein. This is a vividly written and stark chronicle of Nazism and its legacies. An absorbing exploration of friendship, betrayal, and coming to terms with the past.
Fantastic beasts: the crimes of Grindelwald (2018) starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp
RBG (2018) starring Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The accidental veterinarian by Philipp Schott. For all animal lovers, tales that are always amusing, amazing, and – once in a while – sad.
The art of happy moving by Ali Wenzke. An upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with strategies and checklists for timing and supplies.
Auschwitz: not long ago, not far away by Robert Jan van Pelt. This tells a story to shake the conscience of the world. It is the catalogue of the first-ever traveling exhibition about the Auschwitz concentration camp, where 1.1 million people lost their lives.
Down from the mountain by Bryce Andrews. The story of a grizzly bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing character of the American West today.
A Florida state of mind by James Wright. An unnatural history of our weirdest state that’s always in the news for everything from alligator attacks to zany crimes.
Life will be the death of me…and you too! by Chelsea Handler. The comedian chronicles going into therapy and becoming an advocate for change.
Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich. By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change – including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful risked their careers in a desperate campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. This is their story and ours.
The man they wanted me to be by Jared Sexton. Deeply personal, this examines how we teach boys what’s expected of men in America and the long-term effects of that socialization – which include depression, shorter lives, misogyny, and suicide.
The matriarch: Barbara Bush and the making of an American dynasty by Susan Page. A vivid bio of the former First Lady, one of the most influential and under-appreciated women in American political history.
The Mueller report. The special counsel’s investigation looms as a turning point in American history.
Playing back the 80s by Jim Beviglia. For those who didn’t grow up in the 80s, this endlessly funny book will show them what the fuss was all about with the music and maybe reveal a few surprises along the way.
Out East by John Glynn. A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house – a debut memoir of first love, identity and the self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.
The pioneers by David McCullough. The settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.
A woman of no importance by Sonia Purnell. The true story of a Baltimore socialite who joined a spy organization during World War II and became essential to the French Resistance.
New Children’s Books for June 2019
Babymoon by Hayley Barrett
Diggersaurs by Michael Whaite
Ernestine’s milky way by Kerry Madden-Lunsford
Grumpy monkey by Suzanne Lang
Hello, I’m here by Helen Frost
I love you all year through by Stephanie Stansbie
Karate Kakapo by Loredana Cunti
The night flower by Lara Hawthorne
Raj and the best day ever by Sebastien Braun
The unbudgeable curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess
Wake up, color pup by Taia Morley
Wordy birdy by Tammi Sauer
The adventures of a girl called Bicycle by Christina Uss
Arlo Finch in the valley of fire by John August
The benefits of being an octopus by Ann Braden
Class action by Steven B. Frank
Forgotten city by Michael Ford
Game changer by Tommy Greenwald
The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee
Journey of the pale bear by Susan Fletcher
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
The night diary by Veera Hiranandani
Nightbooks by J.A. White
Ra the mighty: cat cetective by A.B. Greenfield
Skylark and Wallcreeper by Anne O’Brien Carelli
Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley
Beware of the crocodile by Martin Jenkins
Caterpillar and Bean by Martin Jenkins
Inside outside by Anne-Margot Ramstein
Like a lizard by April Pulley Sayre
Map and track rain forests by Heather C. Hudak
Pass go and collect $200: the real story of how monopoly was invented by Tanya Lee Stone
The proper way to meet a hedgehog and other how-to poems by Paul B. Janeczko
Shawn Mendes by Robin Johnson
Frozen by Disney
Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries Season One with Shaun Cassidy
The kid who would be king with Patrick Stewart
The LEGO movie 2 with Chris Pratt
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
The Ash family by Molly Dektar. When a young woman leaves her family – and the civilized world – to join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost.
Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson. An inspiring tribute to female friendship and female courage. Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, resilience in a novel set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton. A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, this is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be.
Death in Provence by Serena Kent. This is a clever, light-hearted mystery set in modern Provence featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies.
Fame adjacent by Sarah Skilton. The child star that was left behind is about to get her moment to shine in this swoony romantic comedy inspired by a unique, beloved facet of pop culture history: The Mickey Mouse Club.
The hunting party by Lucy Foley. Psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge…and murder and mayhem ensue.
Infinite detail by Tim Maughan. A timely and uncanny portrait of a world in the wake of fake news, diminished privacy, and a total shutdown of the internet.
An Irish immigrant story by Jack Cashman. This historical novel brings the reader through the story of a family that overcomes adversity to thrive in America.
The island of sea women by Lisa See. The friendship over many decades of two female divers from the Korean island of Jeju is pushed to a breaking point.
Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander. An excellent comic dissection of Jewish-American life. This novel reads like Chaim Potok filtered through the sensibility of Mel Brooks.
The last act by Brad Parks. An out of work actor takes a job for the FBI – using a false name and backstory, he enters a low-security prison and begins to befriend a fellow prisoner who knows the location of documents that can bring down a ruthless drug cartel. But the cartel is also looking….
The last year of the war by Susan Meissner. A German American teenager’s life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during WW II and she becomes friends with another girl at the camp – a Japanese American teenager.
Little faith by Nickolas Butler. A Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church.
Lost and wanted by Nell Freudenberger. A physicist at MIT receives a text from her dead best friend.
A puzzle for fools by Patrick Quentin. A wave of murders rocks a sanitarium – and it’s up to the patients to stop them.
Silent night by Danielle Steel. After tragedy strikes, a child TV star loses her memory and ability to speak.
Tomorrow there will be sun by Dana Reinhardt. A private Mexican villa in a tropical paradise is the backdrop of this story of a milestone vacation gone wrong, wrong, wrong as a family falls apart.
When all is said by Anne Griffin. If you had to pick 5 people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?
Wild card by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington clashes with a determined adversary.
Wolf pack by C.J. Box. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf – only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down.
Aquaman (2018) starring Jason Momoa
If Beale Street could talk (2018) starring Stephen James and Regina King
The bookshop (2018) starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson
Vice (2018) starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams
Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt. From one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias, a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time, and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice.
The end of absence by Michael Harris. Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the internet. This is about reclaiming what we’ve lost in a world of constant connections.
Girl, stop apologizing by Rachel Hollis. A shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals.
Holy envy by Barbara Taylor. The author recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergrads in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.
It ended badly by Jennifer Wright. 13 of the worst breakups in history – replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip – and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time.
K by Tyler Kepner. A history of baseball in 10 pitches.
The league of wives by Heath Lee. The story of a group of women who mobilized and organized in an attempt to bring their POW husbands home from Vietnam.
Mama’s last hug by Frans de Waal. A captivating survey of animal and human emotions.
The Seventies: a photographic journey by Ira Resnick. The Seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and Resnick was there with his camera to capture it all.
The threat by Andrew McCabe. How the FBI protects America in the age of terror and Trump.
Under red skies by Karoline Kan. A deeply personal and shocking look at how China is coming to terms with its conflicted past as it emerges into a modern, cutting-edge superpower, seen though the stories of three generations of women.
Women warriors by Pamela Toler. Who says women don’t go to war? From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and WW II Russian fighter pilots, these are the stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor.
New Children’s Books for May 2019
Africville by Shauntay Grant
Baby day by Jane Godwin
A day in the life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo
Kite for the moon by Jane Yolen
Little Fox and the missing moon by Ekaterina Trukhan
Music for Mister Moon by Philip C. Stead
Peg + Cat: math in the bath by Jennifer Oxley
A piglet named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
The sun shines everywhere by Mary Ann Hoberman
Sweet dreamers by Isabelle Simler
There’s a dinosaur on the 13th floor by Wade Bradford
5 worlds: the Cobalt Prince by Mark Siegel
Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne saves the day by Raina Telgemeier
Baby-Sitters Club: the truth about Stacey by Raina Telgemeier
Endgames by Ru Xu
Science comics solar system: our place in space by Rosemary Mosco
Super Potato #1: the epic origin of Super Potato by Artur Laperla
Freya & Zoose by Emily Butler
Judy Moody and friends: searching for stinkodon by Megan McDonald
Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
Merci Suarez changes gears by Meg Medina
Owl diaries: Eva and Baby Mo by Rebecca Elliott
Owl diaries: Eva and the lost pony by Rebecca Elliott
Owl diaries: Eva’s big sleepover by Rebecca Elliott
Pay attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
The Princess in black and the hungry bunny horde by Shannon Hale
The Princess in black takes a vacation by Shannon Hale
The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
What the wind can tell you by Sarah Marie A. Jette
Astronaut, aquanaut by Jennifer Swanson
Knowledge genius by Peter Chrisp
LEGO Star Wars visual dictionary by Simon Beecroft
The magic & mystery of trees by Jen Green
Nature play at home by Nancy Striniste
Ocean emporium: a compilation of creatures by Susie Brooks
Rotten! : vultures, beetles, slime, and nature’s other decomposers by Anita Sanchez
Time to parent: organizing your life to bring out the best in your child and you by Julie Morgenstern
Arthur’s music jamboree a PBS Kids
Arthur’s travel adventures a PBS Kids
Dragons : race to the edge seasons 1 & 2 by Dreamworks
Kiki’s delivery service with Kirsten Dunst
Paddington 2 with Ben Wishaw
Tangled : before ever after with Mandy Moore
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear. Mazie Dobbs investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz.
Black Leopard, red wolf by Marlon James. A swords-and-sorcery epic set in a mythical Africa that is also part detective story, part quest fable, and part inquiry into the nature of truth, belief, and destiny.
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken. This is about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley.
Cemetery Road by Greg Iles. An electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Reid. A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.
Early riser by Jasper Fforde. A madcap adventure through the Welsh winter which has grown so deadly most humans literally sleep through it. Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish.
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. The story behind the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.
The huntress by Kate Quinn. A battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.
Leading men by Christopher Castellani. An intriguing tale of Tennessee Williams and his lover of 15 years, Frank Merlo. It’s a wonderful examination of artists and the people who love them and change their work in large and imperceptible ways.
The lost man by Jane Harper. Nathan and Bub Bright find their other brother dead at the border of their cattle ranch in the Australian outback.
The Malta exchange by Steve Berry. The author has the lock on making history zing with breathless suspense and galloping action. Malta and the Vatican are superb settings for this ecclesiastical extravaganza.
Mission critical by Mark Greaney. A high-states thriller featuring the world’s most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man.
The military wife by Laura Trentham. A young widow embraces a second chance at life when she reconnects with those who understand the sacrifices made by American soldiers and their families.
The object of your affections by Falguni Kothari. Two best friends rewrite the rules of friendship, love and family…and change everything they thought they knew about motherhood.
The river by Peter Heller. The story of 2 college students on a wilderness canoe trip – a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence.
Run away by Harlan Coben. You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park…
The secretary by Renee Knight. She could be the most dangerous person in the room… But it would be a mistake to underestimate such a steadfast secretary as Christine. Because as everyone is about to discover, there’s a dangerous line between obedience and obsession.
Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten. One year after the president has plunged the world into nuclear war, a journalist takes refuge in the Twin Cities Metro Containment Zone. On assignment, she documents internet humor at the end of the world. By turns a dystopian nightmare, a cyber thriller, a spot-on treatise on memes, and a tragic tale of love and loss.
The wall by John Lanchester. Dystopian fiction done just right, with a scenario that’s all too real. It blends the most compelling issues of our time – rising waters, rising fear, rising political division – into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.
The wedding guest by Jonathan Kellerman. Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware investigate the death of a stranger at a wedding reception.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) starring Rami Malek
A star is born (2018) starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Green book (2018) starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali
Can you ever forgive me? (2018) starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant
The favourite (2018) starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
At eternity’s gate (2018) starring Willem Dafoe
NEW MUSIC CDs
By the way, I forgive you by Brandi Carlile
(the teal album) by Weezer
Look alive by Guster
H.E.R. by H.E.R.
Can’t say I ain’t country by Florida Georgia Line
The essential Dinah Washington by Dinah Washington
An American summer by Alex Kotlowitz. This captures the summer of 2013 in neglected Chicago neighborhoods, rendering intimate profiles of residents and the “very public” violence they face every day. It is a fiercely uncompromising and unforgettable portrait.
The art of dying well by Katy Butler. An inspiring, informative, and practical guide to navigating end of life issues.
Black is the body by Emily Bernard. Memoir from a black woman that gives stories of her grandmother’s time, her mother’s time, and her own.
The darkest year by William Klingaman. A psychological study of the American homefront in 1941 under pressure of total war.
Monhegan by Mark Warner. A guide to Maine’s fabled island.
Mykonos: portrait of a vanished era by Robert McCabe. Experience the unspoiled beauty and traditional culture of this legendary Greek island as it was in the late 1950s.
On the run in Nazi Berlin by Bert Lewyn. 160,000 Jews lived in Berlin before World War II. By 1945, only 3,000 remained. Lewyn was one of the few, and his memoir – from witnessing the famous 1933 book burning to the aftermath of the war in a displaced persons camp – offers an unparalleled depiction of the life of a runaway Jew caught in the heart of the Nazi empire.
The salt path by Raynor Winn. A true story of a couple who lost everything and embarked on a transformative journey walking the South West Coast Path in England.
Shortest way home by Pete Buttigieg. The young mayor of South Bend, Indiana, now in his second term, explains what mayors do and offers ideas for the country as a whole in his memoir.
Sleeping with strangers by David Thomson. From a celebrated film critic, this is an original, seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desires.
Soar, Adam, soar by Rick Prashaw. After a tragic accident cut his life short, Adam left a legacy of changed lives and a trove of social media posts documenting his life, relationships, transition, and struggle with epilepsy – all with remarkable transparency and directness.
Tamed by Alice Roberts. Uncovers the deep history of 10 familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat, cattle, potatoes and chickens, rice, maize and horses. The author reveals how becoming part of our world changed these and how they became our allies.
This much country by Kristin Pace. A memoir of heartbreak, thousand-mile races, the endless Alaskan wilderness and man, many dogs from one of only a handful of women to have completed both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod.
We were rich and we didn’t know it by Tom Phelan. A tender recollection of growing up on a farm in Ireland in the 1940s, a captivating portrait of a bygone time.
Which side are you on? by James Sullivan. Presented here is 20th century American history as seen through 100 protest songs.
Are you scared, Darth Vader by Adam Rex
The bear, the piano, the dog, and the fiddle by David Litchfield
Because by Mo Willems
Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Builders & breakers by Steve Light
Carl and the meaning of life by Deborah Freedman
The dress and the girl by Camille Andros
Gittel’s journey: an Ellis Island story by Leslea Newman
The littlest things give the loveliest hugs by Mark Sperring
The pinata that the farm maiden hung by Samantha Vamos
Side by side by Chris Raschka
Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora
The very impatient caterpillar by Ross Burach
Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
Dog Man: Brawl of the wild by Dav Pilkey
The hidden witch by Molly Ostertag
Hilda and the bird parade by Luke Pearson
Rocket to the moon? by Don Brown
Then everything went wrong by Judd Winick
The assassins curse by Kevin Sands
Because of the rabbit by Cynthia Lord
The bridge home by Padma Venkatraman
The friendship war by Andrew Clements
Grenade by Alan Gratz
The hive queen by Tui Sutherland
Lion down by Stuart Gibbs
Small spaces by Katherine Arden
Swallow’s dance by Wendy Orr
Sweeping up the heart by Kevin Henkes
The unteachables by Gordon Korman
Bloom bloom! by April Sayre Pulley
Calm : mindfulness for kids by Wynne Kinder
The earth gives more by Sue Fliess
Inside the Daytona 500 by Todd Kortemeier
Period power : a manifesto for the menstrual movement by Nadya Okamoto
Raindrops roll by April Sayre Pulley
The World Cup : soccer’s global championship by Matt Doeden
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch with Benedict Cumberbatch
Mary Poppins returns with Emily Blunt
Nutcracker and the four realms with Keira Knightley
Ralph breaks the internet with Sarah Silverman
Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse with Bob Persichetti
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
Sunday, March 24th 2019, is Maine Maple Sunday.
For those of us who might be interested in touring a sugarhouse, a list of participants can be found here – Maine Maple Sunday Participants. This is a great map of the many and varied sugarhouses open for tours.
For those of us who might be more interested in reading about Maple, here are a few titles to choose from.
Anytime Mapleson by Mordicai Gerstein. Have you ever invited bears for breakfast? Check out this picture book, and enjoy the story.
Maple by Lori Nichols. A young girl and her maple tree . . .
Maple moon by Connie Brummel Crook. Have you ever wondered how maple syrup was discovered? This children’s book gives us a possible answer.
The maple sugar book : together with remarks on pioneering as a way of living in the twentieth century by Helen and Scott Nearing. The Nearings discuss their experiences with making a living from maple sugaring, and also give a definitive account of an important American industry.
Maple syrup season by Ann Purmell. Enjoy this picture book of a family working together to create yummy maple syrup.
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen. 1957 Newbery Medal winner. The father has returned from the war, moody and tired, so the family leaves the city and moves to the Pennsylvania countryside.
Nature’s sweetness : pure maple syrup by Paul Rossignol. A good introduction to the maple sugaring process.
Sugaring season : making maple syrup by Diane Burns. This is another picture filled book describing the process of making maple syrup – from the tree to the table.
Toronto Maple Leafs by Eric Zweig. Tells the story of the Maple Leafs 100 years of hockey, as well as the importance of professional sports teams to the history and economy of a big city and a big sports league.
How could we not post a blog this time of year without thinking about and looking forward to spring? So in that frame of mind, here are some books that have the word SPRING in their titles.
Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur. A young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a heavy storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret.
Paris Spring by James Naughtie. Paris, in April of 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for Scottish-American Will Flemyng–a spy working in the British Embassy–the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the Metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy’s oldest fear: exposure. Freddy Craven is the hero and mentor Flemyng would trust with his life, but when he is tempted into a dark, Cold War labyrinth, he chooses the dangerous path and plays his game alone. And when glamorous, globe-trotting journalist Grace Quincy, in pursuit of a big story, is found dead in the Pe-Lachaise cemetery, the question is raised–what side was she on? Certainly she knew too much, and had become dangerous. But to whom?
Spring fever by Mary Kay Andrews. Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. So she has no problem attending his wedding. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called off, Annajane begins to wonder if she’s been given a second chance.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. This was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
Spring wildflowers of New England by Marilyn J. Dwelley. Published by Down East Books, can’t you just picture those spring wildflowers poking their heads up?
Come Spring by Ben Ames Williams. A fictional history of Union, Maine, here is a detailed novel of life in a Maine frontier village at the time of the revolution. Although they are not far from the scene of the war, the Indians and their own daily lives are of more importance to these sturdy pioneers than were wars or rumors of wars.
In the fire of spring by Thomas Tryon. Not really about spring (but it does have spring in the title), this novel tells the story of women abolitionists in Connecticut.
Beyond the spring : Cordelia Stanwood of Birdsacre by Chandler S. Richmond. Again, not really spring, but Stanwood was an ornithologist from Maine and known for her photographs.
There now, don’t you feel better already having just thought about Spring?