Martin's Must-Reads

“In as strong a photograph as any taken of the brothers together, they sit side by side on the back porch steps of the Wright family home.  The year was 1909, the peak of their fame. Wilbur, with a long poker face, looks off to one side, as though his mind were on other things, which it most likely was. Orville gazes straight at the camera, one leg crossed nonchalantly over the other.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those words, plus the photograph, begin David McCullough’s book The Wright Brothers.

Are you looking for a funny, smart, page-turning novel that will make you laugh and gasp? Then I’ve just the book for you.

I’m Betty Martin with Martin’s Must Reads and that book is the bestseller Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane  Moriarty.

Nine adults, each with their own reasons, converge on a remote Australian health resort for the “10 Day Transformation” package. Some are suffering from the loss of a loved one or a relationship, some need to lose weight, and some just need an outlook adjustment.

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandria Victoria is roused from bed with news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England.

I’m Betty Martin with Martin’s Must Reads and if you’ve been watching the PBS series "Victoria," then you will enjoy reading Daisy Goodwin’s novel of the same name.

For most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is not just a train station, but a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. 

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis is an historical novel that takes place in Grand Central Terminal.

The story begins in April of 1928 with Clara Darden, the only female teacher of the Grand Central Art school.  She teaches the technique of illustration, draws illustrations for Vogue and works for Studebaker automobiles helping to design the car interiors and their ads. The story follows her through heartbreak and financial hard times.

“Oh dear, what does one wear after learning her husband can’t bear the sight of her? Can I quickly fashion a funeral shroud out of the bedsheets? No, I’m still Mrs. Douglas Simmons, and I need to act like it.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and that’s a quote from Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel. 

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