Monthly Archives: December 2019

  1. Nineteen Minutes  by Jodi Picoult

    Nineteen Minutes Book ReviewSterling, NH is a small ordinary town where nothing ever happens – until one day a shocking act of violence occurs. The town’s residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing, but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. This book is an emotionally charged novel about school bullying. What does it mean to be different in our society? Simple questions with no easy answers, this is Jodi Picoult’s style. As always with Picoult the issues are never black and white and the plot is never quite as simple as it seems at first.

    Nineteen Minutes is the first Jodi Picoult book I read, it was recommended to me by one of my students. It kept me up late for a few nights. Since then I’ve read several of her 23 novels. Each one is unique and there’s always a twist at the end. Life is full of difficult

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  2. Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

    Celtic Empire Bookshelf review

    I admit it, I am a Clive Cussler book addict. They are so entertaining and easy to read. Pick it up in a moment of spare time, get through a few pages, relax and travel and adventure with Clive. The Celtic Empire brought the reader from ancient Egypt to modern day Scotland and Ireland. The plot revolved around the spread of an epidemic by evil people and its cure which was found in exploration of pyramids. Pick it up and read it between Christmas shopping and Bookshelf Wines sipping and you’ll be treated to the twisting, turning, plot with the brother and sister duo of Dirk and Summer as main characters.

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  3. Truffle Hunt

    Truffle Hunt EventDecember 8th Truffle Hunt with Tesoro Mio Truffle Ranch and Bookshelf Wines is full! Another great experience for our club members. Truffle Hunt plus truffle appetizers paired with Bookshelf Wines. All right here in El Dorado County!  
    Cheers!!
    Niles and Sheila

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  4. The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

    The Chronicles are comprised of seven books: Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the Father, Best Kept Secret, Be Careful What you Wish For, Mightier Than the Sword, Cometh the Hour, and This Was a Man. The Chronicles follow the Barrington and Clifton Families through about a century and a half of life in Bristol, England. Archer superbly chronicles life, family life, business, education, good times and bad times and inevitable conclusions. I’d recommend The Chronicles for your summer reading pleasures. These were my first Jeffrey Archer books but they won’t be my last!

    Sheila’s Choice for wine pairing: Bookshelf Wines 2016 Voignier.

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  5. Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

    Another light-reading book by Peter Mayle. Set in Provence (bet you would have never guessed!), Peter delves a little deeper into the life and culture of southern France. Literally, he digs deeper by exploring the truffle market and some of the underground (pun intended) dealings and shady characters involved in the business.

    Enjoy reading this book on the porch with a glass of Bookshelf Wines Viognier. With a glass of Rhone varietal Viognier and a book about Provence, you’ll be a virtual traveler to the south of France.

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  6. A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer

    A Life Well Played Arnold PalmerThe King of Golf shares his life stories in a short 258 page book.  A great read for a golfer and fan of history.  Arnold tells stories of his golfing start and  the trials and tribulations of playing on the Professional Golf circuit.  I found his personal stories very insightful and ones I could related to being a somewhat competitive golfer

    Fore, Niles, always in the trees Fleege
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  7. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

    This 2012 New York Times Bestseller was given to me by Aunt Betty, The Librarian.  I let it sit around for a while and picked it up a few weeks ago and finished it on a recent trip to Louisiana to visit family.  It took a few pages to get “into” it, but when I did, I could see why this was a NYT Bestseller!  Kate Morton kept you wondering what twist and turn would come next for the Nicholson family.  Set mostly in WWII rural England, Laurel (daughter) tries to unravel her mother’s (Dolly) secrets during the last few weeks of her mother’s life.  Snippets of events from Laurel’s youth sets her on a journey to learn about the secrets and those involved.  In the process of researching the secrets Laurel learns just how much pain, misery and loss of life was inflicted on England in WWII and learns of her mother’s deep and painful memories that lead to her keeping secrets.

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