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Sundays With Writers: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal - Do you love quirky books like Eleanor & Park? I am such a fan of quirky literature and Kitchens of the Great Midwest combines good old-fashioned Midwest humor with loads of charm in this adorable fictional debut by J. Ryan Stradal. After I finished it, I immediately emailed J. Ryan to see if he might like to join me in our Sundays With Writers series and was so thrilled when he said he would. Today I am sharing a li...

Set in London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Recommended by Sarah.

This story of the University of Washington 8 man crew competing at the 1936 Olympics is one of the best pieces of nonfiction I've read ever! Even though you know how the story ends, author Daniel Brown builds suspense like a master mystery writer! The "characters" are all folks you can admire and yet, each is completely human. I didn't want this one to end! Don't miss it!