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 last time she’d come out this way was two years ago to move her grandfather out of his house. Since that afternoon, they’d heard lots of stories about what was happening in Bear Creek Valley. The army had built a city folks said. Mary had been working in Oak Ridge for almost a year and assured June there were plenty of good jobs for the taking. A tall fence topped with barbed wire ran along the road, and June could see buildings beyond it in the distance. A sign in front of the fence read MILITARY RESERVATION, NO TRESPASSING."

Martin's Must Reads: 'Sea of Poppies'

Aug 6, 2019

“At the heart of this vibrant saga is an old slave ship the Ibis. It’s destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight in China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.”

“The old man opens his watery blue eyes, those colorless foreign eyes that had frightened Ren so much in the beginning, and whispers something. The boy bends his cropped head closer. ‘Remember.’  The boy nods. ‘Say it.’ The hoarse rasp is fading. ‘When you are dead, I will find your missing finger,’ Ren replies in a clear small voice. ‘And?’ He hesitates. ‘And bury it in your grave.”

“On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was goodbye, Charlie.”

“Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back, “ she warned the gathering. “In this world, in the undersea world,we tow the burdens of a hard life. We are crossing between life and death every day. When we go to the sea, we share the work and the danger," Mother added. “We harvest together, sort together, and sell together, because the sea itself is communal.” 

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those traditional words are spoken by the leader of the diving collective in the book The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See.