Laura's List of the Recently Read and Loved

By White Birch Books

By White Birch Books

Here you'll find an eclectic mix of books that I have recently read - from thrillers and comedies, to memoirs and just good fiction. Check them out!

Gone by Midnight

Candice Fox

$27.99 $25.19

I LOVE this series. Amanda Pharrell, convicted murder who has done her time, and Ted Conkaffey, wrongly accused of a heinous crime, are the two most unlikely private detectives. But here they are, paired again in the search for a missing boy. As usual, there are many things going on behind the scenes and propelling the plot forward at breakneck speed, but its the two of them that always, always keep our attention. This just came out and already I want more!

The Scholar

Dervla McTiernan

$16.00 $14.72

This is the second book set in Galway featuring Detective Cromac Reilly and this time things are hitting really close to home. His girl friend is the first to come across a crime scene and he has to wonder if she is more involved than she is letting on. These are smart, detective stories along the lines of Tana French. And Mystery Book Club approved!

The Yellow Bird Sings

Jennifer Rosner

$25.99 $23.39

WWII books are thick on the ground right now. I know this. But I thought this one was different. Roza and Shira flee for their lives in Poland and hide in a barn. To survive they must remain quiet at all times, which is a near impossible task for 5-year-old musical prodigy Shira. This is a novel of the 'hidden children' and it's incredibly compelling, but also beautiful as it conveys the sustaining power of music.

The Authenticity Project

Clare Pooley

$26.00 $23.40

This book is kind of the opposite for or times, but might be the perfect read. A lonely, old man, in a bid to be seen again, writes a note about his authentic self in a journal and leaves it in a cafe to be found. From there, the journal is written in and passed from person to person until a close knit group is bonded together. This book is funny, sad and wonderful.

The Name of All Things

Jenn Lyons

$26.99 $24.29

I don't read a lot of fantasy, but when I do, I pick THIS. This one if book two in the Chorus of Dragons series. I thought it was a trilogy, but no - there is A LOT more coming down the pike. But I'm OK with that, because it's amazing. As you can imagine, there are dragons, and Gods, and demons, reincarnation, soul stealing, gender bending, magic, kings, and a lot of evil. I don't know where things are headed except that the 3rd book is coming out in August, so there is plenty of time to catch up!

The Second Sleep

Robert Harris

$26.95 $24.26

I thought this book was set in the 1600s, with a cleric riding his donkey to perform the service for another cleric that had passed away. But NO! This was the year 1600-something in the future. What now!!! You have to read it to find out how Robert Harris played with time like that.

When You See Me

Lisa Gardner

$27.00 $24.30

If you haven't gotten to this yet, it's now the perfect time to catch up on Lisa Gardner's latest. Nearly all of her major characters find themselves in a lovely Georgia town where things are rotten just under the surface.

The Innocents

Michael Crummey

$26.95 $24.26

Need help with your social distancing - this book might make you feel better about it. An orphaned brother and sister eke out life on the brutal Newfoundland coast in this most recent book from Michael Crummey. It's harsh and wonderful. I love his books!

The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir

Roman Dial

$28.99 $26.09

Roman Dial was a scientist and an adventurer and he inspired the same loves in his son. But then his son disappeared into a Costa Rican rain forest, setting off a two year search, and Dial asked himself if he had done the wrong thing. This memoir is wrenching, heart-breaking, and soul searching. We know the outcome from the first page, but this is still a journey worth taking.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

J Ryan Stradal

$26.00 $23.40

Two sisters fight over beer and it breaks the family apart, and then, maybe, brings the family back together? You don't have to love beer to love this book!


Tarashea Nesbit

$26.00 $23.40

This is a novel recounting the first murder in the Pilgrim colony and you learn several things. The Pilgrims were vain, petty, gossipy and not at all like they were portrayed in the history books. And you shouldn't trust the history books. This not fusty, old history - it's a great read!

Separation Anxiety

Laura Zigman

$26.99 $24.29

We all have anxiety now, so maybe we should try this remedy! When Judy's marriage starts crumbling, her son starts pulling away, and her friend falls ill, she feels her life spinning out of control. On a whim, she straps her dog into her sons old baby wrap and feels better. Then she just keeps doing it until she finds herself 'wearing' the dog every day. Is this the solution? Probably not, but it's still a fun, quirky read!