The Girl with Seven Names

The Girl with Seven Names

The ably reconstructed the story of the author’s convoluted escape from North Korea, detailing the hardships of life there and the serendipity of flight. A supremely determined young woman, Lee chronicles her life in North Korea and her defection in her late teens in 1998. With the assistance of...... Read more

We Begin at the End

We Begin at the End

A police chief who never grew up and a girl who never had a childhood try to solve the murder of someone they love. A tiny, picturesque town on the California coast is an emotional prison for the characters of this impressive, often lyrical thriller. Its two main characters are a cop with an...... Read more

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The former first lady opens up about her early life, her journey to the White House, and the eight history-making years that followed. It’s not surprising that Obama grew up a rambunctious kid with a stubborn streak and an “I’ll show you” attitude. After all, it takes a special kind of moxie to...... Read more

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

Within the general arc of many well-established and chronicled historical events is oral history’s wonderful ability to home in on nuances, illuminating particular situations and personalities that perhaps couldn’t find room in other tellings, but come alive here. Studs Terkel...... Read more