Ghost Hawk

Title: Ghost Hawk

Author: Susan Cooper. She is the Newbery Award-winning author of several books for children, including The Dark is Rising series.

Genre: Middle-Grade, Historical Fiction

Readers: Stay-at-home moms Kristi, Shawna and Sarah L., librarian Zoe and professor JoLee.

Summary: On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man.

John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger.

Our Take: We all love the subject matter, it’s a fascinating look at an often overlooked period of American History. You may want to read it before your kids, or save it for middle-schoolers. A great adventure story, but loses some steam in the 2nd half.

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The Aviator’s Wife

Title:  The Aviator’s Wife

Author: Melanie Benjamin. This is her 3rd novel after Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. All of her novels are historical and shine a light on well-known but little-understood women.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Readers: Stay at home moms Colleen B. and Julie J., research administrator Ann, librarian Zoë and art history professor JoLee.

Publisher Summary: For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements—she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States—Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

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The Hollow Man

Book: The Hollow Man

Author: Oliver Harris

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Reviewers: Librarian Zoë, research tech Rosie T., victim advocate MJ, University administrator Stacie and event coordinator Kathy.

Publisher Summary:  Waking up on Hampstead Heath not far from a crashed squad car, Detective Nick Belsey wants out—out of London and out of the endless complications of his life. When Alexei Devereux, a wealthy hermit, vanishes, leaving behind a suicide note and his Porsche, Belsey discovers an opportunity—a new identity and a fortune—waiting for the taking.

Unfortunately, there are others who share the detective’s interest in Devereux, including Scotland Yard. A dead rich man with suspicious financial holdings is bound to have some dangerous ties and a few ruthless enemies. Now, Belsey and his clever plan are about to be overshadowed by far more ambitious players with their own brilliant—and deadly—scheme.

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A Peek at the TBR Pile

This week we’ve got more readers sharing the books sitting on their nightstand that they’re anxiously waiting to open. Take a look:


Reader MJ has on her list the very-hot new release When It Happens to You by former 80’s teen star Molly Ringwald. We love the cover and novels told in stories have been gaining popularity. Molly is a lot of fun to follow on Twitter, so it’s not too surprising she’s doing so well in print.

Next in her pile is Indelibly Inked by Jamie DeBree, from independent press Brazen Snake Books who specialize in romance and thrillers. We love seeing more indie books getting out there.

Finally there’s historical fiction behemoth Philippa Gregory and her newest book, The Lady of the Rivers, set during the War of the Roses.



Zoë and I have pretty similar tastes. Or at least, we do judging by her To-Be-Read pile. We here at RLR are over the moon about Tana French, especially Broken Harbor, her 4th novel in her Dublin Squad murder series-that’s-not-a-series. There must be some Tana French in the water since Sarah L. had her on her list in our last post.

Karin Slaughter is another heavy-hitter in the crime novel world. This Southerner knows suspense and Zoe has Indelible on her list, one of the popular Sara Linton novels.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty has been one of the big books this summer, a fictional account of silent-film star Louise Brooks and her teenage trip out to New York City with the titular chaperone Cora. What better setting for a historical novel than 1920’s Manhattan?



We’re intrigued by Ninian‘s list. Another recent hot book, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, makes an appearance. This book of essays on the joys and woes of modern lady-dom has been showing up on a lot of lists of people we know.

2004 novel A Question of Attraction by David Nicholls is probably going to get moved into our TBR pile after seeing it here. A college novel about a freshman’s romantic ambitions and his secret dream of being a contestant on a television quiz show.

And it looks like she’s got a thing for John Irving, one of our favorites here in New England. She has both recent novel Until I Find You as well as Irving’s wacky celebration of India, A Son of the Circus. Tell us, Ninian, you must have read our favorite Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, right? And you may want to chat with fellow Canadian lapinova, who has The World According to Garp as one of her desert island books.


So what are YOU reading? (Full disclosure: Over here at RLR we’re digging the upcoming book from another New England-er, Elsewhere: A Memoir by Richard Russo.)