The Leopard at the Door

The Leopard at the Door is an incredibly well-paced novel set in Kenya during the 1950’s. Rachel has returned to her family’s farm in rural Kenya after being sent to England for six years following the death of her mother. She returns to a land both familiar and in the midst of great political change. McVeigh’s writing is superb and she fills her novel with the sweeping landscape of Kenya, the heartache of Rachel coming of age, and the emotional cost of change.

What to Read in January

January is a great time to set reading goals for the coming year.  Take the time to make a goal and start to create a list of books you are interested in reading, including the classics or recommendations you have been meaning to get to.  For new suggestions, click on the link below for just released titles.

Barbara Loewengart

What to Read in January

The Wall Street Journal’s Best Books of 2016

Before the new year is ushered in, you may want to take a look at The Wall Street Journal’s best fiction and nonfiction books of 2016.  I was surprised to learn I hadn’t read even one of the books mentioned. Take look…


The Story of A Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
The Heart by Maylis DeKerangal
Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
High Dive by Johnathon Lee
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Eccentric Orbits by John Bloom
Code Warriors by Stephen Budiansky
The Vanishing Velazquez by Laura Cumming
In a Different Way by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
Abigail Adams: Letters by Abigail Adams and Edith Gelles, Editor
The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
Harry & Arthur by Lawrence J. Haas
Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin


Barbara Loewengart

Cooking with Jeffrey

Are you looking for a last minute holiday present or a well-deserved treat for yourself? Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, Cooking with Jeffrey, may be the perfect gift. While I was reading Cooking with Jeffrey and hungrily eyeing each photograph, I couldn’t help but think how Ina Garten is extremely likeable and talented. Her recipes are equally flawless for a house filled with company or for dinner for two.  A highlight of Cooking for Jeffrey is her description of how she met Jeffrey, stories of their courtship and being newly married.  Get cooking!

Barbara Loewengart

Into the Water

Paula Hawkins, who wrote the worldwide bestselling The Girl on the Train, has a new book on the way.  Into the Water, which will be published in May 2017, is a psychological thriller about a single mother and teenage girl who are found dead weeks apart in a river bed.  Hawkins’ fans (me included) are hoping for another fast- paced, engrossing thriller with a surprise ending.


Barbara Loewengart

Love Warrior

Glennon Melton bravely shares her truth in her bestselling memoir, Love Warrior.  There is much wisdom in this book about marriage, communication, self-acceptance, finding your power and tenderness, forgiveness and living an authentic life.  


Barbara Loewengart