Kendra likes mysteries, historical fiction and contemporary romance as well as puzzles and activity books.
APRIL 14, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is the "Read with Jenna" pick "Good Company" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. This novel is an intricate tale of friendship, love and marriage.
MARCH 31, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Sail" which is written and beautifully illustrated by Dorien Brouwers. This book is a gentle lesson in navigating your way through life.
MARCH 25, 2021: Nothing does more for your day than a good laugh! Get ready to be amused! Kendra's picks this week are two funny books, one for grown-ups: "Laughter Still Is the Best Medicine: More than 1,000 all-new laughs from Reader's Digest" and for kids: Laugh-Out-Loud: Try not to LOL, Jokes for Kids" by Rob Elliott.
MARCH 18, 2021: Sharpen your pencil and sharpen your mind! Kendra's pick for this week is "417 more games, puzzles & trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young." by Nancy Linde.
MARCH 11, 2021: Kendra's pick for this week is "The Windsor Knot" by SJ Bennet. An intriguing murder occurs at Windsor Castle and the Queen is not happy with the direction the investigation has taken. With the help of her assistants, she sets out to solve the crime herself.
MARCH 4, 2021: Kendra's pick for this week is "Happy Birthday to You" by Dr. Seuss. Although some of his titles have recently become controversial, his books were instrumental in teaching generations of children to read.
FEBRUARY 24, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Champ and Major: First Dogs" by Joy McCullough and illustrated by Sheyda Advabi Best. In honor of rescue dogs everywhere, meet Champ and Major, the first rescue dogs to live in the White House.
FEBRUARY 17, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "The Secrets of Love Story Bridge" by Phaedra Patrick - a warm romance for a wintry day.
FEBRUARY 10, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "No Buddy Like a Book" by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Brianne Farley. As the flyleaf says: "Step aboard the Book Express. It is leaving the station. The only ticket needed is your own imagination." Gorgeous pictures and rhyming text make this book a great read aloud.
FEBRUARY 3, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "A Thousand Ships" by Natalie Haynes, which is a retelling of the Trojan War told from the perspective of the women involved - deities included.
JANUARY 27, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is HIdden Adventures by Lara Hawthorne. Explore various habitats from the bottom of the ocean to outer space. With your magic lens you will be able to discover treasures and learn some historical facts.
A NEW YEAR!
JANUARY 20, 2021: West End Girls, the new novel from Jenny Colgan is Kendra's pick this week. It is a hilarious and heartwarming story of twin sisters who set out to London in hopes of leaving their mark on the world. This book would be a great Valentine gift for romantic comedy fiction lovers.
JANUARY 13, 2021:
Kendra's first pick of the new year is the latest by Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity. Capri, New York, Asian culture, wealth, fashion, food, hidden love affair -- modern life, love and living!
DECEMBER 30, 2020: Kendra's pick today is the announced new book by Marie Benedict, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. Did you know that Agatha Christie he had gone missing for eleven days with a very murky explanation? This fictional biographical book which is also a mystery will delve into her disappearance.
DECEMBER 15, 2020: Kendra's pick today are some last minute UNIQUE gift ideas for the UNIQUE people on your list: Mystery Lover: The Best American Mystery Stories edited by C.J. Box, Puzzle Lover: The Nautical Puzzle Book by the National Maritime Museum, verlander Series Lover: Clanlands by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish and Wisdom Lover: People Who Love to Eat Are Always the Best People and Other Wisdom by Julia Child.
DECEMBER 9, 2020: Kendra's pick today are for the New England sports lovers of all ages: Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates by Bobby Orr and Kara Kootstra, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan; Six Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far) by Jerry Thornton; F Is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by John S. Dykes; and The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics by Michael Holley
DECEMBER 2, 2020: Kendra's pick today is a suggestion for Dad: A Man and His Car by Matt Hranek. Add the 500 piece puzzle of the cover photo of the book (1964 Land Rover Series IIA) to make a great gift bundle!
NOVEMBER 25, 2020: Kendra's picks for this week -- relax with a Christmas cozy! A couple of suggestions . . . Christmas at the Island Hotel: A Novel (Paperback) By Jenny Colgan and Comfort & Joy: A Fable (Paperback) By Kristin Hannah
NOVEMBER 18, 2020: Kendra's picks for this week help us to celebrate Thanksgiving with the joy of Curious George and with a gentle reminder that there is more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and the trimmings, "Happy Thanksgiving Curious George" by Cynthia Platt and Julie M. Bartynski and "Thanksgiving at the Tappletons" by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
NOVEMBER 11, 2020: Kendra's pick this week is the mystery within a murder mystery, Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz "featuring the famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders". Moonflower Murders is "brilliantly complex literary thriller with echoes of Agatha Christie."
NOVEMBER 4, 2020: Kendra's picks this week -- let's get cooking! A couple of suggestions from favorite Food Network chefs: SuperGood Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman and Modern Comfort Food (A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook) by Ina Garten.
OCTOBER 28, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are great for a cool fall day. "A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal" by Robert S. Cox and Jacob Walker besides telling the history of Chowder also gives you some recipes. For the younger people (maybe aspiring chefs?) is the picture book, "Chowder Rules! The True Story of an EPIC Food Fight", written by Anna Crowley Redding and illustrated by Vita Lane which tells of the 1939 chowder cook-off between Cleveland Sleeper Jr. of Maine and Harry Tully from Philadelphia cooking for New York. Would you put tomatoes in your chowder?
OCTOBER 21, 2020: Kendra's pick this week is the new legal thriller by John Grisham, "A Time for Mercy". Jake Brigance, the hero from "Time to Kill" is back to represent a 16 year old boy and save him from the death penalty. Grisham fans will not be disappointed by this great courtroom drama
OCTOBER 14, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are some fun Halloween books for the young ones in your life!
OCTOBER 7, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are the new record books that adults and children enjoy pouring over. "Guinness World Records 2021" and Ripley's Believe It or Not Mind Blown! All True & New"
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020:Kendra's pick this week is Montauk, a historical romance by Nicola Harrison. Set in 1938, Bea is spending "twelve weeks sequestered with other high-society wives at the Montauk Manor, a two-hundred year-old seaside hotel while her husband dallies in his 'extra curricular activities.'"
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are new unincorn books for unicorn lovers in your life!
The Magical Unicorn Society: A Brief History of Unicorns (Hardcover) By Selwyn E. Phipps, Aitch (Illustrator), Oana Befort (Illustrator), Rae Ritchie (Illustrator), Zanna Goldhawk (Illustrator), Harry Goldhawk (Illustrator)
A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster (Hardcover) by Amy Young
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020: Kendra's picks this week feature some classic and great "horse" stories for middle grade through teens.
Misty of Chincoteague (Paperback) By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
Black Beauty (Puffin Classics) (Paperback) By Anna Sewell, Meg Rosoff (Introduction by)
Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum (Classic Seuss) (Hardcover) By Dr. Seuss, Andrew Joyner (Illustrator)
Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero (Paperback) By Patricia McCormick, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
SEPTEMBER 9, 2020: Kendra recommends these brand new titles from these favorite authors.
Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise (A Jesse Stone Novel #19) (Hardcover) By Mike Lupica; Squeeze Me: A novel (Hardcover) By Carl Hiaasen; One by One (Hardcover) By Ruth Ware
SEPTEMBER 2, 2020: Kendra's pick: New memoir from Scituate native Nick Flynn.
- This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: A Memoir (Hardcover) By Nick Flynn
AUGUST 26, 2020: Kendra says: Everyone loves a good road trip!
Around the World in Eighty Days (Puffin Classics) (Paperback) By Jules Verne
The Getaway Girls: A hilarious feel good summer read (Paperback) By Dee MacDonald
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Paperback) By Phaedra Patrick
AUGUST 19, 2020: Kendra recommends books about books!
The Little Bookshop on the Seine (Paperback) By Rebecca Raisin
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Paperback) By Kim Michele Richardson
The Library Book (Paperback) By Susan Orlean
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Paperback) By Chris Grabenstein
AUGUST 12, 2020: Kendra recommends seek and find books for hours of fun and learning. Readers can learn new concepts and fun facts as well as develop observation skills.
Where's Waldo (a favorite classic),
My Big Wimmelbook—A Day at the Zoo (My Big Wimmelbooks) (Board book)
Looky Looky. Things That Go
Hide & Seek Boston
AUGUST 5, 2020: Nothing like a good crossword puzzle on a lazy summer day.
Cross Word Puzzles for Clever Kids by Trip Payne
Easy-to-Please Crosswords by Randall J. Hartman
Sleepy Sunday Crosswords edited by Stanley Newman
Pajama Weekend Crosswords edited by Stanley Newman
Cross Word Puzzles for Clever Kids by Trip Payne
JULY 29, 2020: Some favorite historical fiction novels now in paperback.
The Only Woman in the Room (Paperback) By Marie Benedict
The Last Train to Key West (Paperback) By Chanel Cleeton
The Glass Ocean: A Novel (Paperback) By Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
JULY 22, 2020: Classic murder mysteries.
Rebecca (Paperback) By Daphne Du Maurier
The Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Collins Classics) (Paperback) By Edgar Allan Poe
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Puffin Classics) (Paperback) By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie
JULY 14, 2020: Fun beach reads with a little romance!
It Started with a Secret (Paperback) By Jill Mansell
500 Miles from You: A Novel (Paperback) By Jenny Colgan
The Summer Deal: A Novel (Paperback) By Jill Shalvis