Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Review   Summary For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her …

The Bees by Laline Paul

Review   Summary Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And …

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

  The Orchardist is a moving debut novel set in Washington state in the 19th century. A solitary orchardist named William Talmadge, alone due to the death of his parents and the early disappearance of his sister, suddenly finds his calm and predictable life turned upside down when two pregnant runaways show up on his …

Felicity by Mary Oliver

Let me just start by saying that I love Oliver’s poems. My mother has always been a fan, and because of her influence I grew up learning to appreciate Oliver’s simple, insightful descriptions of her love affair with the natural world. She has the true poetic talent of saying a lot while writing very little, …