Welcome to Allison's Book Corner!  AWPL staff member Allison Petrus-Wilkins, an avid reader, offers her recommendations and insights on a variety of fiction and biographical titles.  Find some inspiration, discover a new author, and perhaps head in a new direction with your reading!  Click on the links below for new reviews. 

January 2020 :  From Scratch (memoir) by Tembi Locke; June 2023From Scratch (Netflix TV Mini-Series Adaptation)

February 2020 - The Winter Street series by Elin Hilderbrand

March 2020 - Wild Game:  My Mother, Her Lover and Me by Adrienne Brodeur

April 2020 - The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

May 2020 - The Cactus League by Emily Nemens

June 2020 - The Way Through the Woods:  On Mushrooms and Mourning by Litt Woon Long (trans. Barbara J. Haveland)

July 2020 - Cleaning Nabokov's House by Leslie Daniels

August 2020 - 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

August 2020 - I'm Still Here:  Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

September 2020 - Becoming by Michelle Obama

September 2020 - The Chiffon Trenches:  A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley

October 2020 - Perfect Once Removed:  When Baseball Was All the World to Me by Phillip Hoose

October 2020 - Except the Dying (Murdoch Mysteries Bk. 1) by Maureen Jennings

November 2020 - Live in Love:  Growing Together through Life's Changes by Lauren Akins

November 2020 - The Broken Road:  George Wallace and a Daughter's Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy

December 2020 - The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

December 2020 - Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise by Mike Lupica

January 2021 - A Promised Land by Barack Obama

February 2021 - The Dig by John Preston

March 2021 - Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

April 2021 - The Choice:  Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

May 2021 - Beautiful Things:  A Memoir by Hunter Biden

June 2021 - Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny

June 2021 - Laundry Love:  Finding Joy in a Common Chore by Patric Richardson, with Karin B. Miller

July 2021 - Live Your Life:  My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda Kloots with Anna Kloots.  Allison also discusses the book here - enjoy!

September 2021 - The Woman They Could Not SilenceOne Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

September 2021A Farewell to Gabo and MercedesA Son's Memoir by Rodrigo Garcia.  Allison also discusses the book here, along with a review of Why Peacocks?  An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird

December 2021The BoysA Memoir of Hollywood and Family by Ron Howard and Clint Howard

February 2022Hooked:  How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster

March 2023Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson

June 2023The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox

December 2023Friends, Lovers and the Big, Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

March 2024Dear Mom and Dad:  A Letter About Family, Memory, and the America We Once Knew by Patti Davis