Martin's Must-Reads

There are one million new books published each year.  With so many books and so little time, where do you begin to find your next must-read? There’s the New York Times Bestseller list, the Goodreads app, the Cape Library’s Staff picks shelf and now Martin’s Must-Reads.

Every Wednesday at 6:42 and 8:42 a.m., and now Sunday at 8:18 a.m., Betty Martin recommends a must read based on her own personal biases for historical fiction, quirky characters and overall well-turned phrases. Her list includes WWII novels, biographies of trailblazers, novels with truly unique individuals and lots more. Reading close to 100 titles a year, Betty has plenty of titles to share. Tune in each Wednesday and visit for previous must-reads. 

“The woman was staring at Nina in what can only be described as a truculent fashion, jangling her extensive, culturally appropriative turquoise jewelry. ‘ I want my money back. It’s a very boring book; all they do is sit around and talk.’ She took a breath and delivered the coup de grace. ‘I don’t know why the manager told me it was a classic.’ ”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those are lines from the the first chapter of Abbi Waxman’s very funny novel The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

"I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am. Would you, could you with a goat? Would you, could you on a boat? I would not, could not with a goat, I would not, could not on a boat. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and I’m pretty sure everyone over the age of three knows who wrote those words. Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jones is a thorough and very readable biography of the world’s most recognizable children’s book author.

“The man in brown snapped shut the book he’d been reading and looked up with a stare of disbelief. There was no doubt about it, absolutely none. The five-member team the author described in this obscure little book about clandestine operations in German-occupied France during  WWII was the same group he’d sent into Paris in the fall of 1942. Four had made it home, one barely, the last left behind dead, buried in an unmarked grave on French soil. Or so they’d all believed...”

“Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband. They had been married for seven years. They were both artists - Alice was a painter, and Gabriel was a well-known fashion photographer.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those lines begin the first chapter of Alex Michaelides’ thriller The Silent Patient. Many of the chapters, like this one, are in the voice of criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber but some are entries from Alice’s diary that document her life in the months before her husband’s murder.

“Over the course of her hundred years...Stella Fortuna would survive eight near-death experiences - or seven, depending on how you count them. She would be bludgeoned and concussed, she would asphyxiate, she would hemorrhage, and she would be lobotomized. She would be partially submerged in boiling oil, be split from belly to bowel on two unrelated occasions, and on a different day have her life saved only by a typo. Once she would almost accidentally commit suicide.”