Songs without Words by Ann Packer

What are friends for? The author of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier continues to explore this theme, this time within the context of family scenario set in the Bay Area. This is a very dark tale, so expect to be depressed by the characters and the story. I couldn’t put it down, but I can’t say I enjoyed it. In fact, if you’re already depressed, don’t read this book. Frankly, I can’t believe it was a bestseller. 

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A little trash mystery to clear my brain. The last time I read Grafton, I followed private detective Kinsey Millhone through to the H book. She may have completed the alphabet by now, but I’m starting over, with her very first book. It’s light, fairly lively, and much more interesting than half the cop shows on television. 

 If I Live to Be 100 by Neenah Ellis

Interviews with centenarians for the NPR series, “One Hundred Years of Stories.” Stunning voices of people from all walks of life, all 100 or older. 



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