Books I Read in June

I started reading Dashiel Hammett’s classic detective novel in April, but I had to turn it back in to the library twice and wait for it to be available again! Price (my husband) read it first and suggested I read it too. It has all the makings of a classic detective novel (really, it is THE classic detective novel).

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts is a most delightful story about the writing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as told by his wife.

Freakonomics by Steven Levett & Stephen Dubner is another classic—this time it dives deep into things you never think about and how they impact the economy. It’s always good revisit how our economy works!

The Housemaid’s Secret is the second book in a series ai started in May. Again, our heroine finds herself employed by an odd couple. Again, the story includes a murder a quite the twist on whodunit!

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon provided a tremendous insight into the healthcare and life in the early days of our country. It’s quite a good read.

Part of Your World is set in Minnesota as it toggles between a small southern town and Minneapolis. A successful ER doctor is torn between her upscale life in the city and the relatively calmer life of a small town.

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki is truly a magnificent read! I never knew about the origins of General Foods—and the woman who created the company!

These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy Turner was FABULOUS! I haven’t done a deep dive into the story, but it is definitely an engaging, well-written story about a woman’s pioneer-era life ultimately near Tucson, AZ with some visits to Texas.

Last but not least is Clear by Carys Davies. I try to stagger in books written by non-American authors just to give me a different perspective on our world. This is a beautiful story about the intersection of The Great Disruption of the Scottish Church in 1843 with landowners’ efforts to clear their lands of (sometimes longtime) inhabitants to make room for money making operations.

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