The Big Burn
Peg calls this "must reading" for anyone interested in the national parks. From Amazon: "in 1910, several small wildfires in the Pacific Northwest merge into one massive, swift, and unstoppable blaze, and the Forest Service is pressed into a futile effort to douse the flames. Over 100 firefighters died heroically, galvanizing public opinion in favor of the forests ..."
Publication Date: 2003-09-09
This series would be in that category of "flawed detective" that Peg mentioned and she's read all of them. From Publisher's Weekly: "In the sixth Kurt Wallander book to appear in English (One Step Behind, etc.), Mankell proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling."
Publication Date: 2016-03-07
This is a good example of the professional development literature on teaching and learning that Peg reads regularly. From the cover: " Developed by a global authority on teaching and learning, the practice of "small teaching" enables every type of educator in all disciplines to energize and boost student understanding by introducing small activities that require minimal preparation and grading."
The Pillars of the Earth
Publication Date: 2010-06-29
This is a perennial favorite among EvCC readers and it was on Peg's list as well. From Library Journal: "this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud and Stephen are fighting for the crown of England after the death of Henry I."
The Pelican Brief
Publication Date: 2010-01-05
Grisham is another specific author on Peg's "go to" list for a quick escape. This one moves fast as described by the publisher: "In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated."
The Silver Pencil
Publication Date: 1991-08-01
From the bookshelves of childhood, Peg picked out this as an important title to her in the sixth grade. The main character is Janet who uses the special pencil she received from her father to turn her life into stories. And ... apparently her goal was to be a teacher. Sounds like this really did influence our Peg!
The Beautiful Mystery
Publication Date: 2013-07-02
Peg is a huge proponent of mentoring and this series offers a wonderful example in the form of Chief Inspector Armande Gamache. This installment takes place in the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer (before one of them turns up dead).
Publication Date: 2013-03-26
Peg described her reaction to this true story of trekking the Pacific Crest Trail as "conflicted" and she found Cheryl Strayed to be either extremely brave or painfully naive. Strayed impulsively begins her walk of more than a thousand miles ill prepared and in a heightened emotional state. Read it and talk to Peg about your impressions!
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
This is yet another good example of the type of series that Peg chooses. The plot is really too complicated to explain but just know that the Seattle Times called this one "assured, complex and evocative" and Kirkus Reviews that it is "is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist.”
A Superior Death
Publication Date: 2003-09-02
We started with mention of the national parks and we'll end there as well. Peg, of course, has enjoyed this series that revolves around Anna Pigeon of the National Park Service. From Amazon: In this novel, the setting is "Royale National Park, a remote island off the coast of Michigan ... [and] Anna finds herself 260 feet below the forbidding surface of the lake, searching for the connection between a drowned man and an age-old cargo ship."