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. 

“Therapists don’t perform personality transplants: they just help to take the sharp edges off. A patient may become less reactive or critical, more open and able to let people in. But part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself - to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you aren’t trapped by them, so you can live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life.”

The book Doctor Zhivago was first published in Italy in 1957 after being smuggled out of Russia.  It was several years later and after Stalin’s death when it would be published in Pasternak’s country, Russia. 

“Even before rescuers could pluck all the dead from the oily Hawaiian waters following Japan’s December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, American war planners started work on an ambitious counterassault, a strike not against an outlying enemy base in the far flung Pacific islands but against the heart of the Japanese  Empire: Tokyo.”

I’m Mark Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads." James M. Scott reveals a great deal of new information on a well-known story in his book Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor.

“It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be poor and handsome is misfortune enough; but to be penniless and plain is a hard fate indeed.” 

“It’s easier to kill a man than a gator, but it takes the same kind of wait. You got to watch for the weakness, and take your shot to the back of the head. "

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and those are the first lines to Deb Spera’s novel Call Your Daughter Home.