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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

July 30, 2012

Author: Alexander McCall Smith, Performed by Lisette Lecat

Title: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: Book published 1998, Book on CD 2003

Number of Pages: Book -235, Book on CD – 8.25 hours on 7 discs

Geographical Setting: Botswana

Time Period: The 1990s

Series:  First in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series

Plot Summary: Precious Ramotswe is a rather large middle-aged woman, living in Gabarone, Botswana in 1998. Escaping an abusive marriage, she returns to care for her ailing father. When her beloved Daddy dies, she is left to consider her prospects. Using the money left to her by her father, and inspired by Agatha Christie, Precious Ramotswe opens the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – the first of its kind in all of Botswana. Mma Ramotswe, as she is called, proves adept at helping “people with the problems in their lives” such as finding stray husbands, exposing a con man, and discreetly following a strong-willed daughter. The vignettes are told with a quiet dignity but with humor and sincerity. The writing is very descriptive complementing the easy pace of the story. The narrator is a native of South Africa and adds a rich and lyrical voice to the narrative, providing not only correct pronunciation of the many native words, but also adding a lovely atmosphere to the stories.

Subject Headings: Private investigators – Botswana – Fiction – Sound recordings, Ramotswe, Precious (fictitious character) – Fiction – Sound Recordings, Missing children – Fiction – Sound recordings, Swindlers and swindling – Fiction – Sound recordings, Botswana – Fiction – Sound recordings

Appeal: Leisurely-paced, comfortable, gentle, heartwarming, humorous, upbeat, character-driven, engaging, episodic, family-centered, investigative, resolved ending, detailed setting, strong sense of place, accessible, natural and unaffected language, unpretentious  

3 terms that best describe this book: Comfortable, Humorous, Unpretentious

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Beaton, M. C. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death; A cozy mystery filled with delightful characters living in the Cotswolds, this narrative presents an amusing and enjoyable fast-paced story. First in the Agatha Raisin series.

Drayson, Nicholas. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa; A gentle and delightful book that tells the story of a retired gentleman who is vying for the attention of a woman who appears to be out of his league; but all is not as it seems. The lovely descriptions of the Kenyan landscape frames the quiet and richly detailed narrative.

Farahad, Zama. Marriage Bureau for Rich People; This affectionate story tells of a retired Indian man who has a knack for matchmaking and opens a marriage arrangement office in southern India. Containing humor and optimism, this book is full of amusing characters and gentle stories in an exotic setting.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Randall, Will. Botswana Time; Using vivid descriptions, this personal account of life in rural Botswana gives the reader an insightful and engaging look at the culture and success of this African nation.

Summerscale, Kate. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective; Scotland Yard Detective Jack Whicher is called to unravel the mystery of the murder of a three year old boy in 1860 England. Tireless research and a compelling account by the author drives the reader forward in the investigation of this heinous crime.

Thompson, Laura. Agatha Christie: An English Mystery; Having unprecedented access to Christie’s letters and journals and using a conversational writing style, the author presents a detailed and interesting account of the life and works of Agatha Christie.

Name: Patty Daniel

The Next Always

April 4, 2012

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 352

Geographical Setting: Boonsboro, Maryland

Time Period: Present

Series (If applicable): Book One of The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy

Plot Summary: Clare is a war widow who has returned to her hometown with her three young sons.  Beckett Montgomery and his brothers are remodeling the Inn BoonsBoro, which happens to be across the street from Clare’s bookshop.  Beckett’s unrequited love for his best friend’s widow may finally have a chance now that Clare’s moved back to their quaint hometown. The author’s richly detailed descriptions of the small town and the remodeling project with a touch of the supernatural nicely frame the budding romance between Clare and Beckett .

Subject Headings: Small towns; Historic buildings – conservation and restoration; Second chances; Architects; Infatuation; Hotels; Single mothers; Widows; Booksellers; Homecomings; Small town life; First loves; Men/women relations.

Appeal: easy, engrossing, descriptive, richly detailed, strong sense of place, leisurely-paced, relaxed, unhurried, atmospheric, comfortable, heartwarming, hopeful, lighthearted, magical, optimistic, romantic, engaging, familiar, realistic, recognizable, series (characters), strong secondary characters, sympathetic, contemporary, detailed setting, small-town, accessible, colloquial, conversational, simple, unembellished, details of small town, details of restoration of old building.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: comfortable; heartwarming; richly detailed.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Under the Tuscan Sun  by Frances Mayes.  Under the Tuscan Sun and The Next Always both evoke strong sense of place using lush descriptions of the small towns where the story takes place and rich details of renovating once magnificent buildings (Mayes a countryside villa and Roberts an Inn).  Both also follow a love story that is framed by the restoration process.

The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran.  Doran amusingly recounts his relocation from LA where he was a TV producer to a tiny Tuscan town where he and his wife embark upon remodeling a 300 year old farmhouse. Doran’s optimism and witty commentary lead up to a happy-ever-after that The Next Always readers will appreciate.

My Boyfriend’s Back: True Stories of Rediscovering Love with a Long-Lost Sweetheart by Donna Hanover.  Beckett’s love for Clare has been unrequited since high school, but he gets a second chance with her in The Next Always.  Like the title suggests, My Boyfriend’s Back explores true stories of first loves rekindled later on in life. Both books will leave readers feeling hopeful about loves from the past.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Wedding Dress by Virginia Ellis. This light, heart-warming historical fiction by Ellis (who typically authors romance novels) centers around a Civil War widow and her sisters as they try to find hope in a bleak post-war life by sewing a wedding dress for the youngest sister.  Like The Next Always, The Wedding Dress offers hope, love, a happy ending, and even a ghostly twist.

The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods.  This is the heartwarming first book of in the contemporary romance series, Chesapeake Shores.  Like the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, Chesapeake Shores is about second chances and men/women relations and gives readers a strong sense of place.

Virgin River by Robyn Carr.  Virgin River is a leisurely-paced contemporary romance about a widow looking to start over in a small town.  A strong sense of place and a heartwarming story will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Next Always.

Name: Ally C.

A Tale of Two Sisters

June 14, 2010

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Author: Anna Maxted
Title: A Tale of Two Sisters
Genre: Women’s Lives and Relationships
Publication Date: 2006
Number of Pages: 353
Geographical Setting: London, UK
Time Period: Present Day
Series: No
Plot Summary: Lizbet, a journalist, and Cassie, a successful lawyer, are two sisters who have worked hard to create successful lives of their own in London. They juggle demanding parents, relationships with in-laws and neighbors,  and needs from their spouses and their careers, relying on each other to get from day to day. But when impending motherhood and a revelation of a family secret threaten to tear them apart, will their relationship survive? Despite a formulaic plot and a sometimes-confusing alternating voices narration, this bright story addresses deep family issues with warmth, humor and wit.  A well-resolved ending fits the storyline well, and the characters are well-developed and unique.  A Tale of Two Sisters is a delightful read for fans of Maxted’s earlier books, and a great choice to read poolside or on vacation.
Subject Headings: Sisters, London, Pregnancy, Adoption, Family Relationships
Appeal: Easy, comfortable, playful, unpretentious, sympathetic, character-centered, domestic, family-centered, contemporary, accessible, chatty,  witty
Three Terms that Best Describe this Book: Unpretentious, family-centered, witty
Similar Works:
Fiction:
Digging to China, Anne Tyler (adoption, early parenthood, family relationships)
Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner (unexpected pregnancy, long-term relationships, family building)
Love the One You’re With, Emily Giffin (sisters, marital intrigue, pregnancy)
Nonfiction:
We Thought you Would be Prettier, Laurie Notaro (humor, bold stories, similar voice to Lizbet)
Rattled, Christine Coppa (stories of pregnancy and motherhood)
Secrets of a Former Fat Girl, Lisa Delaney (weight-loss, humor)


Man Of Fate

April 21, 2010

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Author: Rochelle Alers

Title: Man of Fate

Genre: Romance

Publication date: 2009

Number of pages: 299

Geographical setting: Harlem, New York City

Time period: Modern Time

Series: The Best Men Series

Plot summary: Man of Fate is the first book in the Best Men series by Rochelle Alers. Three African-American bachelors are highly successful in their careers, but their love lives are lacking. Lifelong friends Kyle, Ivan, and Duncan are co-owners of a Harlem brownstone. Kyle Chandler is an attorney for a powerful corporation. His life is changed forever when he is rear-ended by Ava Warrick. Ava and Kyle become friends enjoying each others company, when they start to realize that there is more there then friendship. Given that Ava has had much luck in the way of love, will the confirmed bachelor Kyle be able to convince the untrusting Ava that he is ready to commit?

Subject headings: African-American lawyers, Mate selection for men, Friendship, African-American men/women relations — Harlem, New York City, Traffic accidents, African-American social workers, Trust, Soul mates, African-American men, Harlem, New York City, Contemporary romances, African-American fiction — 21st century

Appeal: compelling, fast-paced, relaxed, engaging, details of Harlem, contemporary, character-centered, intimate, passionate, playful, comfortable, layered

Three terms that best describe the book: Passionate, Character-Centered, and Engaging

Similar authors and works:
Fiction:
Niobia Bryant’s Admission of Love. Set in South Carolina, Chloe Bolton is a shallow supermodel, who falls for Devon Jamison, a man trying to get over an unhealthy relationship. If readers liked Man of Fate they will probably like Bryant’s work as well. They are both African American romances that are part of a series.
Michelle Monkou’s Finders Keepers. Nicole Montgomery has a new lease on life after surviving a battle with cancer. She opens a bed and breakfast and is challenged by a hospitality critic, Brad Calverton. Fans of Man of Fate will like the complicated characters presented by Finders Keepers, as the book contains complex life questions, including love.
Gwyneth Bolton’s Sizzling Seduction, Aisha Miller has about given up on men until she is rescued by firefighter Patrick Hightower. Will Patrick be able to prove to Aisha that he is able be trusted. More of a “traditional” romance, Man of Fate fans will probably appreciate Sizzling Seductions fast pace and passion.

Non-Fiction:
Derrick S. Hyra’s The New Urban Renewal. The Economic Transformation of Bronzeville and Harlem. Hyra’s book takes a look at the Harlem setting that is featured in Man of Fate. He discussed how the poor neighborhood had an economic transformation into prosperity. Economic Transformation helps show how economic prosperity can affect those who are not part of the good times.
Heiner Stertkamp’s Jaguar: the Complete Story. The story in Man of Fate really starts when Kyle’s beloved Jaguar is rear ended by Ava. Stertkamp covers the history of the Jaguar and offers several illustrations. He also goes into detail to what makes the Jaguar such a sought after car, discussing the mechanics of the car and its exterior.
Carol Boston Weatherford’s Great African American Lawyers: Raising the Bar of Freedom. Weatherford covers great African American lawyers in short biography narratives. Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Jordan, and several others lives are covered in the books. Man of Fate readers might be interested in African American lawyers after reading the book.

Read my Pins by Madeleine Albright

April 8, 2010

Author: Madeleine Albright

Title: Read my Pins – Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 176

Geographical Setting: the world

Time Period: 1993 – present

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: In this book, Madeleine Albright takes us behind the scenes of her career as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and as the Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001.

We get a glimpse into the many subtle messages that go on during the delicate negotiations that diplomats handle so masterfully.  The first time that Albright actually used her jewelry to send a message was after she criticized Saddam Hussein during a United Nations meeting.  In response, his poet in residence called her “an unparalled serpent.”  Shortly after, when she had a meeting with Iraqi officials, Albright chose to wear a serpent pin as an unspoken message that she would not be intimidated.

After that incident, widely reported in the press, world leaders looked to Albright’s shoulder to get a measure of her mood.

This is just the first of many stories Albright shares that shed a new light on the tremendous responsibilities that diplomats shoulder where every glance and every gesture are subject to interpretation.

In addition to her stories about pins as barometers of her take on the success of a negotiation, Albright shares her personal history with jewelry – from the first pin her husband gave her as a college student to the handmade pin her daughter gave her to the many, many pins she’s received as gifts.  In between these stories, she manages to weave in lessons about the historical significance of jewelry.

Subject Headings: Albright, Madeleine Korbel; United States. Secretary of State; Jewelry; Diplomats, American; International relations; Diplomacy; Women diplomats — United States; Women politicians; United States — Foreign relations; United States — Politics and government; Autobiographies (Adult literature)

Appeal: relaxed, measured pace; closely observed characters, insightful, realistic, thought-provoking, contemporary setting, details of diplomacy and politics, comfortable, intimate, sometimes humorous, candid, conversational, engaging, sophisticated and thoughtful.

3 terms that best describe this book: information, insightful and detailed

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

7000 Years of Jewelry: An International History and Illustrated Survey from the Collections of the British Museum, editor Hugh Tait – This illustrated history of jewelry includes information and illustrations of jewelry made around the world and throughout history.  Includes 400 photographs.  Chosen because Albright touches on the history of jewelry in her books; plus these photographs complement the beautiful photos in Albright’s book.

Brooching it Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright by Helen W. Drutt
Helen W. Drutt challenged 61 artists from 16 countries to design brooches themed with political messages.  This book features those design.  Chosen to emphasize the creative use of jewelry to convey a message.

Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright
by Ann Blackman
This is the first of many biographies written about Albright and it sheds considerable light on her childhood, her intellectual curiosity, her personal growth as she pursued her Ph.D. after a divorce, and her professional career as she became the first woman secretary of state.  Interwoven in the biography is information about the history of Czechoslovakia, the rise of the feminist movement and the foreign policies of the Carter and Clinton administrations.  Chosen to provide greater depth into these issues raised in Read my Pins.

Purple springs by Nellie L. McClung
This fictional account of Pearlie Watson follows her growth from a school techer in Manitoba to a social activist and ultimately a successful politician.  Chosen because it presents a fictional account of a life and career similar to those of Madeleine Albright.

The Lucky Ones by Doris Mortman
This novel follows a ruthless presidential campaign and the involvement of four powerful women – a foreign affairs analyst who serves as an advisor to the candidate, an ambitious national television reporter covering his opponent, a congresswoman who becomes an opponent, and an national advocate for children who transitions into a lobbyist.  Chosen to highlight the intrigue of a presidential race and the contributions of powerful women.

A Time to Run by Barbara Boxer
This novel, written by the former senator from California Barbara Boxer with novelist Mary Rose Hayes is a fictional account of a politician’s growth from the beginning of her career as an advocate for children in the 70s.  Chosen because of the unique perspective Barbara Boxer brings to the story.

Born Standing Up

April 7, 2010


Author: Steve Martin

Title: Born Standing Up

Genre: Autobiography/Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 209

Geographical Setting: Primarily southern California, though the book details the author’s years as a stand up comedian traveling from town to town across the United States.

Time Period:1945-1981

Series (If applicable): n/a

Plot Summary: Actor and writer Steve Martin looks back at his early career, from his days as a teen employee of Disneyland practicing magic tricks on tourists up to his spectacular success selling out arenas as a stand up comedian. Martin examines his uneasy relationship with his father, a failed actor, which drove him out of his parents house at an early age and into the 1960’s Californian counterculture that shaped his comedy. Much detail is provided about how Martin went about creating his uniquely absurd stand up style, his process of writing and shaping material and ultimately about how his sudden fame lead to his decision to walk away from stand-up at the height of his popularity.

Subject Headings: Stand-Up Comedy, Autobiography, 1960’s, Show Business. California.

Appeal: easy, engrossing, fast-paced, relaxed, Closely observed, detailed, introspective, reflective, quirky, episodic, accurate, detailed setting, details of stand up comedy, comfortable, humorous, lighthearted, philosophical, playful, unaffected, unpretentious, accessible, candid, conversational, literary, sophisticated.

3 terms that best describe this book: Humorous, insightful, nostalgic.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

And Here’s the Kicker Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft by Mike Sacks

Journalist Sacks interviews humorists and comedians on the subject of writing and what it is that separates humor writing from other styles. The book details how writers and performers such as Dick Cavett, Buck Henry, David Sedaris and Bob Odenkirk work, their influences and what they themselves find funny.

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin

An overview of the world of stand up comedy in 1970’s. The author provides interviews with and brief biographies of many of the most famous and influential comedian of the era including Albert Books, George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Andy Kaufman.

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” by David Bianculli

A history of the controversial 1960’s variety show which gave Steve Martin his first writing job. Gaining fame in the folk music scene, Tom and Dick Smothers brought their act to CBS in 1967 only to be essentially run off the air two years later due to increasing pressure on the network from the Nixon White House.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

A Conversation with the Mann by John Ridley

Set against the backdrop of the early civil rights movement this novel follows a young black stand up comedian on his path to fame. This somber character study evokes the backstage isolation and personal tragedy that is common to many stand up comedians.

Funnymen by Ted Heller

This novel, told in the style of an oral history, chronicles the ups and downs of a Martin and Lewis style comedy team. Secondary characters are given the opportunity to tell their recollections of the duo’s career. A funny and entertaining behind the scenes show business story.

Milt & Marty: The Longest Lasting & Least Successful Comedy Writing Duo In Show Biz History by Tom Leopold and Bob Sand

A young writing team arrives in Los Angeles to pitch ideas to the show business machine when they meet up with Milt and Marty, a hopelessly unsuccessful septuagenarian writing duo. Milt and Marty attach themselves to the young writers’ ascending career in an attempt to finally get the success they have longed for.

Name: Kris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

April 8, 2009

Author:  David Sedaris

Title: When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Genre:  Non-Fiction, Creative non-fiction

Publication Date: 2008

Pages: 323

Geographic Setting:    Tokyo, Paris, Normandy, and America

Time Period:  Present Day

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Essays full of humor, wit, and observations of life and death fill David Sedaris’ entertaining collection.  Readers will meet a plethora of quirky characters, including an elderly, spunky, New Yorker who was formerly Sedaris’ neighbor, a former nanny who loved to have her back scratched, and the friendly people Sedaris meets while living in Tokyo.  Sedaris explores the topics of death, sex, relationships, and even quitting smoking with humor, but respects the serious nature of the topics.  When You Are Engulfed in Flames is a wonderful read for those who see the humor in everyday life.

Subject Headings:  Humor Writing, Essays, Creative Non-Fiction

Appeal: leisurely-paced, steady, eccentric, lifelike, quirky, realistic, character-centered, episodic, thought-provoking, contemporary, candid, comfortable, contemplative, humorous, introspective, dark, sarcastic, candid, engaging, simple, thoughtful, witty, polished

Similar Authors and works (fiction): The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (eccentric, humorous, introspective); Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri (episodic, thought-provoking, polished); Downtown Owl: A Novel by Chuck Klosterman (character-centered, quirky, introspective)

Similar Authors and works (non-fiction): Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs (lifelike, humorous, candid); I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (humorous, witty, quirky); Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (eccentric, thought provoking, dark)

Name: Michelle K

The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

April 1, 2009

Author: Jennifer Chiaverini

Title: The Quilter’s Apprentice (first in a series, Elm Creek Quilts)

Genre: Gentle Read

Publication Date: 1999

Number of Pages: 271

Geographical Setting: Waterford, Pennsylvania

Time Period: Present Day

Plot Summary: Sarah and her husband Matt move because Matt has a new job, working for a landscaping company. Sarah has difficulty finding a new job herself. She accompanies Matt to visit one of his clients, Sylvia Compson. Sylvia is an elderly lady who lives in a huge house by herself. Sylvia’s sister Claudia has died, and Sylvia has returned to the family estate to get it ready for sale. Sylvia and her sister have been estranged because both of their husbands enlisted to fight in World War II, and only one husband came back (Claudia’s husband has returned, and Sylvia’s husband James was killed). James died trying to save Sylvia and Claudia’s brother, Richard, while Claudia’s husband froze in fear. Sylvia is strong-minded, opinionated, and rude to Sarah on the first meeting. Sylvia has hired Matt’s landscaping company because she wants to sell her house and move to a smaller property that she owns. She hires Sarah to help her clean up the inside of the house and get it ready for sale. Sarah accepts the position while she looks for a full-time job. Sarah discovers that Sylvia makes beautiful quilts, and learns how to make quilts from her. They eventually become friends through the quilt making lessons, and Sarah starts to realize that she needs to work on her relationship with her mother.

Subject Headings: Women–Friendship—Fiction; Quilt makers—Pennsylvania—Waterford—Fiction; Waterford—Pennsylvania—Fiction; Intergenerational friendship—Fiction; Senior women—Fiction; Domestic—Fiction; Historical—Fiction, American; Forgiveness in women—Fiction

Appeal: easy, relaxed, engaging, familiar, insightful, lifelike, realistic, recognizable, series, strong secondary characters, sympathetic, vivid, well-developed, character-centered, domestic, family-centered, gentle, folksy, historical details, intimate, small-town, comfortable, heartwarming, homespun, hopeful, humorous, lighthearted, optimistic, accessible, conversational, natural, simple, unaffected

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, easy, relaxed, engaging, familiar, realistic, character-driven

Brown Eyes Blue by Carolyn Meyer, engaging, character-driven, vivid, small-town, humorous

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (Port William Series #14), gentle, comfortable, small-town, character-driven

Relevant Non-Fiction Authors and Works:

The Art of Classic Quilt making by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig, 2 teachers present various projects that can be created.

Masters: Art Quilts: Major Works by Leading Artists by Martha Sielman, a look at quilts as art, with numerous examples of each artist.

The Fabric of Friendship: Celebrating the Joys, Mending the Tears in Women’s Relationships by Joy Carol, tells how important the relationship between mothers and daughters is, how to create and develop lasting friendships between women.

Anne

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

March 25, 2009

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Title: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Genre: Mystery, Best seller, Audio book

Publication Date: 1998

Pages: 226 p.

Geographic Setting: Botswana

Time Period: Present Day

Series: The No. Ladies Detective Agency Mysteries

Plot Summary: Precious Ramotswe (Mma Ramotswe) starts the only female detective agency in Botswana. At first, cases are not east to find, but business picks up when people start to learn about her. Mma Ramotswe investigates the exploits of a cheating husband, a mysterious doctor who is only smart sometimes, a politician involved in witchcraft, and the kidnapping of a small boy. Strong secondary characters like, lovelorn mechanic J.L.B. Matekoni round out the entertaining cast. Through humor and the folksy African setting this gentle mystery story will warm hearts.

Subject Headings:   Women Detectives – Botswana, Missing children, Shamans, Kidnapping, Physicians, Miners, Botswana, Africa, Cozy mystery stories

Appeal:   deliberate, easy, insightful, faithful, realistic, recognizable, series (characters), strong secondary (characters), insightful, vivid, domestic, episodic, folksy, inspirational, investigative, resolved ending, detailed setting, details of Botswana, intimate, comfortable, gentle, heartwarming, hopeful, optimistic, playful, concise, dialect, engaging, thoughtful, unpretentious, humorous

Similar Authors and works (fiction): The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (insightful, investigative, gentle); The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (heartwarming, humorous, engaging, optimistic); Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (humorous, investigative, vivid, episodic)

Similar Authors and works (non-fiction): Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (heartwarming, folksy, inspirational); Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson (inspirational, hopeful, heartwarming, engaging) Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison (details of Botswana, humorous, vivid, playful)

Name: Michelle K

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy (Audio book)

March 24, 2009

Author: Maeve Binchy

Title: Scarlet Feather

Genre: Gentle Read

Publication Date: 2001

Number of Pages: Audio book

Geographical Setting: Dublin, Ireland

Time Period: Present day

Plot Summary: Cathy and Tom are 2 people who met in cooking school and made plans to start a catering business one day. They start their business, Scarlet Feather. As with any new business, Cathy and Tom suffer hardships and setbacks, but there are also good and funny moments.

Subject Headings: Caterers and catering—Fiction, New businesses—Fiction, Friendship—Fiction, Twin brothers and sisters—Fiction, Nieces and nephews—Fiction, Sisters—Fiction, Dublin, Ireland–Fiction, Love Stories, Irish—Fiction

Appeal: detailed, engaging, familiar, lifelike, multiple points of view, realistic, recognizable, sympathetic, vivid, character-centered, domestic, family-centered, folksy, gentle, resolved ending, contemporary, comfortable, heartwarming, homespun, humorous, lighthearted, accessible, conversational, engaging, natural

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg, engaging, lifelike, multiple points of view, vivid, domestic

Going to Bend by Diane Hammond, vivid, lifelike, contemporary, humorous, character-centered

Listen to Your Heart by Fern Michaels, humorous, contemporary, vivid, comfortable, character-centered

Relevant Non-Fiction Authors and Works:

Why Do I Love These People? Honest and amazing stories of real families by Po Bronson, interviews with 20 people and how they relate to their families.

How to Start a Home-based Catering Business by Denise Vivaldo. For the reader interested in creating their own catering business.

Cooking and Screaming by Adrienne Kane, a memoir of the author’s life. Kane suffered from a stroke at age 21 just walking down the street. She was paralyzed on her right side and had to figure out how to reuse her muscles. She started a catering business and was able to improve her life.

Anne