Category Archives: Read

On My Bookshelf for July: Dept. of Speculation  |  A young couple writes love letters to each other postmarked The Dept. of Speculation, for the beautiful uncertainty that lies ahead. Then they get married, have a baby, and experience all of those things that we are all too familiar with. Difficulties with the baby, difficulties in their marriage, disappointments…

For a few years after my first daughter was born, I didn’t read a single book outside of non-fiction parenting books. I just didn’t have time to read anything for pleasure. Then I discovered eAudiobooks, and my life was changed. I started looking forward to mundane tasks like washing the dishes and folding laundry, because…

Here is what’s On My Bookshelf right now: The Aviator’s Wife  |  Oh, how I love reading about the woman behind the man. And what an amazing woman Anne Morrow Lindbergh was. From the shy college co-ed visiting her father, the US Ambassador to Mexico, to her marriage to the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, to the heartbreaking loss of…

On My Bookshelf this month: The Accidental Empress  |  The incredible story of Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria. At the age of 15, she accompanies her older sister, who was betrothed to the young Emporor Franz Josef, to Austria. Though shortly thereafter, she and Franz Josef fall in love and he instead chooses to marry her, making…

On My Bookshelf for April: The Help  |  Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s, a young socialite determines to write a book about what it is like to be a black maid in the South. This is an amazing book, but especially for those of us in the Foreign Service who live in countries where…

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