Today, I’m recommending a captivating work of nonfiction called Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Lineby Martha A. Sandweiss. This work tells the true—however improbable—tale of the secret double life led by noted explorer and geologist Clarence King.
Today, I’m recommending a heart-pounding tale of science fiction called The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Published in 2009, this book is the first in Dashner’s suspenseful trilogy, subsequently followed by The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. Both The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials have been made into blockbuster movies starring the likes of Dylan O’Brien, Patricia Clarkson, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Today, I’m recommending a mystical work of historical fiction called Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman, a writer who the Times says, “tells truths powerful enough to break a reader’s heart.” This book is a departure for Hoffman, whose fiction often features characters who add a little magic into their everyday lives. In this book, she weaves together twelve stories that trace the lives of the various inhabitants of an isolated Cape Cod farm house, spanning more than 200 years.
Today, I’m recommending a work that is part romance and part adventure called The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. Since its publication back in 2005, Willig has expanded her Pink Carnation series to include eleven more novels and a few short stories and novellas, culminating with the final novel, The Lure of the Moonflower, released August of 2015.