Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond - This has gotten very good reviews, and I enjoyed it, but I thought it read like a young adult novel. Another novel (also set in Africa and also about a fifteen year old girl) which I enjoyed much more is Purple Hibiscus.
The Last Beach Bungalow and The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash - Preferred the former. A good summertime read. The thing about Jennie...we graduated from the same college, and I always like to read things by fellow alums. One of my favorite books ever, Mudbound, was also written by a Wellesley graduate!
The Irresistable Henry House by Lisa Grunwald - This is an unusual premise: It's about a guy, Henry House, who started life as the practice baby for a college home ec course. I was a little unsure about it at first, but I ended up really liking it.
Lunch in Paris: a Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard - Putting aside my jealousy of yet another young thing's romantic adventures in Europe, this is a good read. And it's not too recipe-y. :)
The Lost Summer of Louise May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees - My favorite of this batch. And it was just selected as one of Oprah's summer reading picks. But don't let that stop you!
Buster Midnight's Cafe by Sandra Dallas - I've so enjoyed a few of Sandra's books (Whiter than Snow, Tallgrass, and Prayers for Sale) I thought I'd see what else she'd written. I had a hard time getting into this one. It's okay, but it doesn't come close to the others.
Maggie-Now by Betty Smith - Okay, how many of you have read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? I'm sure many of you have. And I'll bet a good number of you have read Joy in the Morning too. But poor Maggie-Now, she seems to get left behind. Don't let this happen! If you liked the others, you'll like this one too.