Morning Star, Midnight Sun by Jeffrey R. Cox
If you enjoyed “Neptune's Inferno” (and who didn't?), then you will certainly enjoy “Morning Star, Midnight Sun” by Jeffrey R. Cox. Extensively, even lavishly researched, it provides what for me were new perspectives on previously perplexing issues.
Of particular note, this book helped me more fully understand VADM Fletcher's decision-making regarding pulling the carriers away from Guadalcanal, thanks to the inclusion of commentary from people who were actually present whenever the decision was made.
The detailed narrative includes that of the soldiers, sailors, and Marines (both Japanese and American) who actually did the fighting. You feel like you're in the cockpit, on the bridge, or in the jungle alongside them. In addition, Cox possesses the ability to tell a complicated tale without getting bogged down with too many details.
I've never understood the Battle of Savo Island as well as I did after reading this book. I will say that if you are not intimately familiar with the geography of the Solomon Island chain, you will need a detailed chart. Illustrations of tactical situations and a few appendices would have been nice as well.
Having said all of that, I strongly recommend this book. It is detailed, witty, highly readable, and addresses one of the most significant surface ship battles in the history of the US Navy.
Review by Captain Kevin Eyer (Customer)
Living Forever Chic by Tish Jett
A superb guide and resource for “women of a certain age”. Tish Jett is an American who has lived in France for over 30 years. As a journalist and fashion editor of Elle Paris, Jett has gained insights from friends and experts in the field of “l'art de vivre”. A wonderful collection of classic elegance for living, entertaining, dressing, and enjoying life at its best!
Review by Christine (Staff)
Shattered Sword by Jonathon Parshall and Anthony Tuly
An excellent look at the critical battle of Midway from the Japanese perspective. This book explains how the “unbeatable” Japanese lost at Midway and how that loss influenced future actions by Japan. Not a “quick read” but well worth the trouble.
Review by J. Kohn (Customer)
The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller
You will want to move to the charming, small New England town of Guthrie, Vermont after reading this! Nora inherits a sizable piece of property but finds out that the property was to be sold to a “big box” company that would forever change and impact the small town that she lives in. Sweet and idyllic – a total delight of a book! You'll never want it to end!
Review by Christine (Staff)
The Plea by Steve Cavanagh
As a former con artist, Eddie Flynn is often torn between following the law and using his previously successful talents. This book includes:
1. The FBI
2. A billionaire accused of murder
3. Eddie's wife, who is a lawyer, being threatened with prison
If you enjoyed “The Lincoln Lawyer”, you will have found a new favorite in “The Plea”.
Review by Susan (Staff)
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klenfoth
This is an excellent mystery regarding an elite prep school in New England. The hazing that the students have to go through in order to be accepted as the “A's” of the school is interesting and brutal. There is wonderful insight into the world of these privileged students and the price that they pay to get ahead. Murder and mystery!
Review by Terri (Staff)