What to Read: Book Reviews

Welcome to What to Read by Elementary Connections. I’m Samantha Goodman, a former bookseller with a passion for helping people find the perfect way to unwind. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Elementary Connections to give you some respite from the craziness of life under quarantine. Each week, we’ll recommend books with suggested drink pairings for each title.

The Highlights: Fern has a complicated relationship with her selfish parents but still agrees to help her father when asked which brings back some terrifying memories.

Drink Pairing: Cranberry Cobbler Smash

Every once in a while you’ll hear a news story about abusive parents being arrested for doing something unfathomable, like keeping their children chained in a basement or something equally terrible. Is your first thought usually something along the lines of how some people just should not be allowed…

The Highlights: Nina and Vanessa are opposites. The only thing they have in common is Vanessa’s family home in Tahoe: Vanessa has inherited the property and Nina wants to rob it.

Drink Pairing: Prey of Thieves

I’ve spoken in the past about how I love to root for an unlikeable character. Well this book offers an array of unlikeable people to choose from, and I am here for it! Nina and Vanessa could not be more different from one another. Nina was raised by a…

The Highlights: A top attorney with a stellar record and strong work ethic finds getting into the boys’ club is easy but being accepted as a member is difficult at best.

Drink Pairing: Good 'Ol Boy

The women of previous generations who are now considered feminist icons, such as RBG and Gloria Steinem, paved the way for women like narrator Alex Vogel to work in male-dominated fields such as law and medicine without being relegated to the roles of secretary or nurse. With each hard-won advancement…

The Highlights: Filled with heart-pounding thrills this page-turner is a textbook example of unputdownable reading and will stick with you long after you’ve finished it.

This thriller, set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has me itching to lace up my hiking shoes and spend a few hours rambling around in the woods. It also has me questioning the accuracy of pretty much all of my childhood memories. You might be doing the same thing after…

The Highlights: Cecelia Holmes was convinced that moving into a smart homes in Venture would alleviate the stress after an encounter with an intruder, but she may be wrong.

Drink Pairing: Chardonnay

You know how sometimes you’ll be having a conversation with someone, maybe about your fruitless search for the perfect set of weights to complement your Covid-safe home gym set up, and then a day later you find yourself scrolling through Instagram when an ad for the Booty Bands barbell bundle pops…