Adult Recommendations

M Train by Patti Smith

Rarely, if ever, do I read a book in dribs and drabs but M Train changed my cover to cover reading style.  Wherever the book fell open I read and drifted with the author from coffee shop to coffee shop, country to country, floating on her beautiful prose. Her life, books, travels, relationships, and innermost thoughts transport you; the mundane becomes eloquent. 

A poetic memoir, a haunting homage to life, music, art, and memories; Patti Smith a tour de force.

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

I had something once…I was respected, I was feared,” says Cousin Marv. Like Marv, other longtime residents and business owners are faced with a changing landscape as a new syndicate moves into a bleak and impoverished part of Boston. Lehane packs a lot of action, drama, and flawed yet interesting characters into this short novel. A twisting plot, edgy dialogue, and poignant, even humorous, insights make this a very enjoyable and quick read. 

Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

The severe decline in the populations of two pollinators, Monarch butterflies and honey bees, has brought them to the forefront of media and public attention. Most of the other pollinators, however, continue to toil away with little to no notice or respect. To change people’s mindset about “bugs,” Hayes discusses the primary pollinators from honey and native bees to butterflies, moths, flies, wasps and beetles to non-insect pollinators—birds and bats. Topics covered include using native versus “alien” plants and nativars (cultivars of native plants), enhancing pollinator habitats, sustaining butterflies with larval host plants, allowing nesting sites for bees, providing liquids and shelter, and protecting pollinators while controlling pests. For inspiration and practical know-how from an easy-to-understand, non-judgmental source, this book is an excellent resource.

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