Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron

If you were touched by the original Dewey that told of the remarkable small-town cat in Spencer, Iowa, you’ll also love this heartwarming book containing a few more of Dewey’s adventures, as well as stories of other cats who made a profound difference in their humans’ lives.  Also find out the new direction that Vicki Myron’s life has taken.  Not to be missed by cat lovers.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

When beautiful music reaches Earth from outer space, the Jesuits send a team to explore and make contact with the new world.  They mean no harm.  At first their interactions with the indigenous populations are positive and rewarding, but then it all goes horribly wrong.  A powerful novel of how cultural differences can lead to indescribable tragedy.  You will meet unforgettable characters who will touch your heart.  A profoundly moving novel that has crossover appeal for those who normally wouldn’t touch science fiction.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

A delightful story about a widowed British major who unexpectedly finds his relationship with shopkeeper Mrs. Ali deepening when she comes to his aid following his brother’s death.  However, she is a foreigner. Can the village accept her?  This novel is filled with memorable characters, including the Major’s horrid sister-in-law, his self-centered son, and Mrs. Ali’s conflicted nephew.  Highly recommended.  The audio version is particularly well done.