Martin's Must-Reads

“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?”

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

“At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool.”

I’m Betty Martin of "Martin’s Must Reads" and that is a line from A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is one of my favorite recent novels, with rich prose and wonderfully creative descriptions.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Anthony Peardew has been collecting lost things for forty years, ever since he lost the St. Teresa medal that his wife-to-be gave him right before she died. Every day he goes for a walk, picks up lost items, brings them back to his study, and labels them.

“They were at it again. Arguing, Shouting. Soon there would be crying. Weather like this brought out the darkness in her father.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and that was a quote from Kristin Hannah’s novel The Great Alone.

The story takes place over twelve years beginning in 1974.  When husband and father, Ernt returns from Vietnam he struggles to keep a job. With a bequest of land in a remote village in Alaska, he decides to take his family there for a fresh start.

Martin's Must-Reads: 'Don't Make Me Pull Over!'

Jan 8, 2019

The summer I was 10, my father rented a sleep-in trailer to tow behind our station wagon and took our family of 6 from Dedham, Massachusetts to Yellowstone National Park. We spent a month taking the road trip of a lifetime.

Richard Raytay’s book “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip” is a great read for any of you listeners who had a similar childhood. It is a mix of memoir, history lesson and travelogue.

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