Margie, one of our longest tenured staff members, spends her days in the Office Supplies department at Warwick's, but she spends her nights curled up with a good book. Here are a few of her latest reads.
The fairy tale is alive and well with the young royal couple, whose love story has become a world-wide obsession. Kate: The Future Queen chronicles the life of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and delves into the changes to the monarchy under the well-respected royal couple. From beloved charities, to honesty and privacy, Kate and William are shown to be a great example of what the monarchy should and might become. An interesting read. -Margie
Delia Ephron, younger sister of acclaimed screenwriter and director Nora Ephron, shares deeply personal essays in her newest book. Ephron, who worked on many projects with her beloved sister, pays tribute to Nora—reflecting on their working relationship, and their unbreakable bond as sisters. She uses this book as a cathartic writing exercise, hoping bring closure to the grief created by the death of Nora This is a truly moving tribute to Nora Ephron, and offers great insight into Delia herself, as she shares intimate family stories that run the gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I just plain loved this book. -Margie
This is a book of facts and information that will amaze you. It’s so different and off the wall, but is so interesting, so full of fantastic fun and wild info that it truly will knock your socks off! A really cool and entertaining book—a great stocking stuffer for the holiday season. -Margie
Dr. Stanley’s book gives readers an in depth look at human emotions and the learning experiences they can provide. Emotions guide readers, urging them to put their trust in God, spreading his Word, love, and kindness. This was a truly emotional book that will inspire readers. -Margie
The Mercury 7 were the first group of astronauts to be blasted into space while, at home their beautiful wives and families were blasted into fame. Lily Koppel deftly transports her readers back to the 1960’s, as she explores the glamorous lives and inspiring friendships of these courageous wives thrust into the American spotlight as their husbands made history. The Astronaut Wives Club is an engrossing and moving look as these remarkable women and their enduring friendships. -Margie
Rose Kennedy was a determined you woman, who went on to marry Joe Kennedy and produce the most famous political family in United States history. Using diaries and private letters, author Barbara Perry effectively shows Rose, as the mother of 9 children and a strong Catholic who drew on her faith through both triumph and tragedy. This is an impressively honest and thoroughly intriguing look at the woman behind the political powerhouse that is the Kennedy family. -Margie
Ava Gardner, a movie star of the 40’s and 50’s known for her sultry beauty ,sat down with Peter Evans prior to her death, revealing never before revealed facts about her impoverished childhood and rise to stardom. Evans, tasked with handling the fading icon’s truck-driver language and late-night ramblings, beautifully brings together jaw dropping revelations regarding her three very different husbands (including Frank Sinatra), amusing anecdotes about several Hollywood icons, and details surrounding her deep love of her family, into a compelling and illuminating biographical account. I’ve always had an interest in the legendary Gardner, and Peter Evans’ brought her to life wonderfully. A great read. -Margie
Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme (mystery writer Anne Perry) and Pauline Parker, and the premeditated murder of Pauline’s mother, Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century is a fascinating study of what could drive two 15 year old girls in 1954 to commit such a horrific act. The history of the event, the New Zealand legal system, and the psychological depths of this case piqued my curiosity and held me captive to the end. Upon finishing I must say that this case proves there is a bit of truth to how a child may be raised and how they are affected by the bond, or lack thereof, between a parent and child; makes me grateful for my own children, and the unwavering bond we have. Horrific and yet mesmerizing, Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century is a really interesting read. -Margie
Mary Higgins Clark is one of my all-time favorite mystery authors, and Daddy’s Gone a Hunting is one of her best yet. The Connelly sisters, Kate and Hannah seem to be haunted by tragedy—the unexpected death of their mother, an increasingly distant father, and a family business going down the drain. When accountant Kate tries to delve into the company’s issues she is nearly killed in an explosion and sent into a deep coma. As investigations into the explosion and the Connelly family begin to unravel, lies are exposed and enemies are revealed, and Kate herself is thrown into suspicion. This is a mystery you will not want to put down! -Margie
Brown’s hero Dr. Robert Langdon is once again our tour guide, this time into Dante’s epic poem Inferno. Facing a murderous hit woman from the “Consortium”, and finding in his possession a small and mysterious vial, one that could just possibly hold the key to the world and our population’s survival, Langdon is on a mission to find answers. Dan Brown took three years to write Inferno, and I can see why, it is complex and full of interesting detail. A thrilling and entertaining read for Dan Brown fans—one I enjoyed immensely. -Margie
Sandra Brown has long been a favorite author of mine. In Low Pressure, Brown brings together Bellamy and Dent; whose past history, which includes the murder of Bellamy’s older sister, leads to all sorts of complications. When Bellamy is outed as the pseudonymous author of a sensational thriller, based on her own sister’s murder, she becomes the target of someone who doesn’t want the truth to come out, and will do anything to shut Bellamy down. Now, Bellamy and Dent, once foes, must work together to stop a killer before it’s too late. The suspense is tight and thrilling, the romance perfect— Brown gets me every time! -Margie
Comedy icon, Carol Burnett shares the story of her daughter Carrie, who struggled with drug addiction. Burnett chronicles Carrie’s troubles teen years, stints in rehab, and finally her success as a budding playwright, songwriter, singer and actress. Carrie’s resilience and heart come through when she is diagnosed with throat cancer, succumbing at age 38. Carrie and Me is a touching love story between a mother and a daughter. It is poignant, heart-felt, and utterly honest. A truly moving story that brought tears to my eyes with its depiction of unwavering love, Carrie and Me is guaranteed to open you heart as it did mine. -Margie
Debbie Reynolds memoir is like reading a diary that she kept her whole life. Reynolds has had her ups and downs, but after reading this it is clear to see she really is unsinkable! What really comes across in this memoir, is her sweet and tender heart, her love for friends, family, and of course her fans. For movie lovers like me, Debbie Reynolds is a real treasure, and a fantastic entertainer, something that really shines through in the pages of Unsinkable. A wonderful, funny, and downright entertaining read. -Margie
Jenna Miscavige Hill was born into Scientology, her uncle serving as the religions’ current leader. Growing up following the strict rules of Scientology, Jenna found herself filled with doubt at age 15, attempting to escape twice and succeeding on her third try, Jenna was forced to leave her family, ceasing all contact. Jenna’s story and her insight into the controversial religion is amazing in its detail and heartbreak. Never before has someone recounted such a personal and frightening experience from within the higher echelons of Scientology. A riveting read. -Margie
In News from Heaven, Jennifer Haigh creates Bakerton, a charming mining town with vivid characters who are brought to life in each chapter in a way that makes them feel like your own neighbors. These characters are ordinary people, some good, some bad, some happy, some sad—but all of them lend their voices to their stories, making it impossible to put this book down. -Margie
A neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander shares with readers his near death experience and his journey to the afterlife, after having miraculously survived a very rare illness. Alexander shares his new understanding of God and his message to all. I truly recommend this book; you will feel vastly different, better even, when you reach its end. -Margie
When the Christmas season has come to an end, I always like a nice pick-me-up. This year I found it in Angels Among Us, a beautiful, spiritual set of experiences that awaken these individuals hearts and souls. Within these pages are several relatable true stories—all dealing with the presences of Guardian Angels. A feel good book that lets you walk away smiling! -Margie
What a tremendous gift Marilu Henner has been given. In Total Memory Makeover she shares with readers the opportunity of embracing what lies behind the cobweb memories that are stuck in the files of our minds. The exercises within this book are challenging, but are worth the effort if they help to bring back treasured memories. This book is a gem. -Margie
Julie Flynn Siler has done a thorough investigation of the Hawaiian Islands and the devastation brought to them by “the white man”. The heroic deeds of Lili'uokalani, the last Queen of Hawaii come sweeping through the pages of this incredible book. Delving into the history and traditions—both those that have been maintained and those which have disappeared—Siler presents a fascinating insight into the Hawaiian kingdom. -Margie
A famous scholar, Jonathan Lyons, has found a parchment that had been stolen from the Vatican in the 1500’s. Desperate to get the parchments authenticated, Dr. Lyons brings in his three trusted friends, who are authorities on the subjects of religious origin, but upon arriving at his home the friends find Dr. Lyon dead. When his wife, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s is found in the closet covered in blood and clutching a gun the mystery begins. Who killed Lyons—the church or his wife? It’s up to Jonathan’s daughter Mariah to ferret out the truth. The ending will surprise you! -Margie
In this biography of a marriage, Dyan Cannon shares her tempestuous life with Hollywood legend Cary Grant. 33 years her senior, Cary Grant pursued 22-year-old Cannon, resulting in a loving, yet often tortuous marriage and a beautiful daughter. Yet Cannon’s eventual realization that Cary’s love of control and a series of darker secrets led to the destruction of their relationship. Dear Cary is an insightful look at one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, and a poignant memoir of love and loss.
Victoria Jones has always felt detached from the world, unloved, and alone. Bouncing around in the foster care system for the majority of her life, she is thrust out on her own at 18 with no one and nothing to help her, until the day her love of flowers and the language of flowers presents her with an opportunity to blossom in unforeseen and life changing ways. Moving and heartfelt, I can’t recommend this novel enough.
Comedian Joan Rivers’ cavalier and cantankerous attitude kept me laughing hysterically through her latest book I Hate Everyone. Although the legend can at times be insulting; her wit, humor, and remarkably crazy antics more than entertain. I thoroughly enjoyed this hilarious look at life through the eyes of a comic legend. -Margie
Curiosity, explanations, fascination, sadness, and frustration; In Annie Jacobsen’s Area 51 all of these are presented in black and white. If you’ve ever wondered about Area 51, and I’m sure there are more than a few of you out there, this book is the one to read. It provides insight into one of our most intriguing conspiracy theories, while answering UFO questions, provides historical context, and much much more. A fascinating read. -Margie
Jane was raised in a large Catholic family, with parents who shared a rich Irish sense of humor with their five children. A born entertainer, Lynch went through a series of pitfalls (alcohol addiction, struggles with her own sexuality) and triumphs (Two and a Half Men, Glee), and her remarkable talent and pure love of her job have led her to become a well-recognized and highly respected member of the Hollywood community. This bio is both heart-felt and uproarious, put together in a way only our favorite “Sue Sylvester” could. Enjoy!
Jacqueline Kennedy’s interview with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., just 4 months after President Kennedy’s assassination is astonishing. In her own words you will feel how proud she was of her husband and the importance of her love for her family that she expresses throughout the interviews. This was an amazing and important period of history that can never be forgotten, brought to life within these intimate interviews.
The day President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald was devastating. But what if history could be changed? When history teacher Jake Epping finds a way to go back in time that is exactly what he plans on doing, but Jake learns quickly that time doesn’t like to be messed with. King clearly loves this era and skillfully transports readers with his eye for detail. If you haven’t read King in awhile, his masterful skill of writing will blow you away.