"'In life I will go very far out of my way to avoid any possible conflict or argument, so it is a little surprising that in my essays I often seem to pick fights, and to offend or otherwise enrage people.'" She goes about her days this way, she explains: 'peaceably in person, fiercely on paper.'" In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays by Katie Roiphe
“The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had been doing so for a long time.” The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ~ Rachel Joyce. Pinner writes: "A good British tale of transformation. A quirky, moving novel about a retired man who walks across England to save a friend's life."
"My jaw literally dropped when Cecilia read the secret letter. Then I got to the end & it dropped some more." The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty. PInner writes: "Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still alive."
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, Erin Mcguire (Illustrator) PInner writes: "An imaginative modern day retelling of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. A MUST READ for all fans of fantasy. The protagonist, Hazel, is a fantasy lover as well and mentions many great books in her narrative."
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, Melanie Benjamin. Pinner writes: "Reading about our country right after the Industrial Revolution & about the origins of side shows & P.T. Barnum was fascinating. For anyone who likes circuses &/or enjoyed 'Water for Elephants.' Historical novel about Lavinia Warren Bump from the mid to late 1880s. Vinnie had an extraordinary life as a miniature, theatrical woman traveling the world w/ her husband Tom Thumb & working for P.T. Barnum."
Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of 6 Friends Remaking Their Lives, Becky Aikman. Pinner writes: "Aikman, a widow, is too young to accept this role & struggles to make sense of her place in this new world. She forms a group w/ 5 other young widows to test unconventional ideas & strive to overcome adversity. Young widows are those unlucky people who have to make 2nd chances for themselves. This is a story of overcoming the unthinkable."
"The secret & the sacred are sisters. When the secret is not respected, the sacred vanishes. Consequently, reflection should not shine too severe or aggressive a light on the world of the soul." To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O'Donohue. Pinner writes: "Lovely, meditative words from this renowned Irish poet, author & priest (1956-2008.) Offers comfort & inspiration for every day. Explains 'blessing' as a perspective on life that transforms the world."