Martha Bayley Recommendations

On March 26, 2017, Martha Bayley gave another review of "Books Too Good to Miss" to a packed audience.  Here are the titles she talked about.  You can click on a book cover to read more about the book.

The Cornish Coast Murder

The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude

Arthur and Sherlock

Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims

Eight Flavors

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman

Golden Hill

Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York by Francis Spufford

Glass House

Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town by Brian Alexander

Lincoln In The Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

In September 2016, at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, Martha Bayley gave another eagerly awaited update of her "Books Too Good to Miss".  Click on any image to read a review of the book.

Larry Watson
As Good as Gone
by Larry Watson
Gavin Scott
The Age of Treachery: A Duncan Forrester Mystery
by Gavin Scott
Thad Carhart
Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France
by Thad Carhart
Anne Tyler
Vinegar Girl
by Anne Tyler

Amitav Ghosh
The Hungry Tide
by Amitav Ghosh


In March 2016, Martha Bayley gave another eagerly awaited update of her "Books Too Good to Miss".  Click on any image to read a review of the book.

Timothy Egan
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Here by Timothy Egan
Paulette Jiles
News of the World: A Novel by Paulette Jiles

Bill Bryson
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American Britain
Suzanne Berne
The Dogs of Littlefield: A Novel by Suzanne Berne
Laura Cumming
The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming
Tamim Ansary
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary


On September 12, 2015, at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Day brunch, Martha Bayley gave her eagerly awaited fall recommendations for "Books Too Good To Miss."  Click on any cover to read reviews and a description of the book.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck

American Meteor: A Novel
By Norman Lock

Crooked Heart: A Novel
By Lissa Evans

Too Bad To Die: A Novel
By Francine Matthews

The Ingenious Mr. Pyke: Inventor, Fugitive, Spy
By Henry Hemming



On November 14, Martha Bayley gave a talk on her recent reads and recommendations to the SWERVE group on Bainbridge Island.  Below are her recommendations.  You can click on any cover to find reviews and description of the book.

How We Got To Now
How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson

Bruce Grierson
What Makes Olga Run?
by Bruce Grierson

Roz Chast
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
A Memoir by Roz Chast

Anthony Doerr
All The Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr

Diane Henry
A Change of Appetite
by Diane Henry

Donald Olson
The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour
by Donald Olson

Beth Moon
Ancient Trees
by Beth Moon

Jan Brett
The Animals' Santa
by Jan Brett


At the September 5, 2014, Volunteer Appreciation event in the Haiku Gardens at the library, Martha Bayley once again gave a talk on "Books Too Good To Miss."  You can click on any of the covers below to read a review of the book on the Eagle Harbor Book Store website.

The Late Starters Orchestra
The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari Goldman

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar
The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow
Painted Horses: a Novel
Painted Horses: a Novel by Malcolm Brooks
Big Tiny: a Built-it-Myself Memoir
Big Tiny: a Built-it-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams

A Spy Among Friends
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre


Martha Bayley - Donor Party - March 2014

 Astoria: John Jacob Aster and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: a Story of Wealth, Ambition and Survival by Peter Stark

 Love & Treasure: a Novel by Ayelet Waldman

 Blood Royal: a True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager

 Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image by Joshua Zeitz

 Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

 Dancing Fish and Ammonites: a Memoir by Penelope Lively


Michelle Will - Volunteer Celebration - September 2013

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Son by Philipp Meyer

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Gulp by Mary Roach

Martha Bayley - Spring 2013

In late March, 2013, Martha Bayley presented another of her hugely popular book reviews to a packed house in the library. Click on any of the book covers below to read more about the book.

Lori Skinner's Great Fall Reads

At the September 2012 Bainbridge library Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, Lori Skinner gave a review of the great books to read this fall. Lori selects fiction works for KRL. Click on any cover to learn more about the book.

Martha Bayley's Summer "Great Reads"

In late June 2012, Martha Bayley shared with library patrons her list of "Great Reads" for the summer. Click on any image to read more about each one.

Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Martha Bayley's "Fifty Years of Good Reading"

Martha Bayley at Bainbridge Public Library's 50th Anniversary Open House spoke about "50 Years of Good Reading."  As usual, there was a large, appreciative crowd, perhaps even more due to the celebration.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 1960

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson - 1962

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner - 1971

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown - 1971

Beloved by Toni Morrison - 1987

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough -1981

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier - 1997

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond - 1997

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi - 2004

The Omivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan - 2006

Martha Bayley's Fall 2010 Book Recommendations

Once again at this year's Bainbridge Island Library Volunteer Celebration, Martha Bayley's "Books Too Good To Miss" was a smash hit. Her synopsis of each book and descriptions of the author are always an event that causes the circulation on these books to sky-rocket. So, go to the library or go online and get your copy to read today!

"Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds and Dreamers" by Nancy Pearl "Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era" by Caroline Moorehead
"An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town" by David Farley "Angel With Two Faces: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey" by Nicola Upson
"Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer" by Novella Carpenter "52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning and a Really Good Crust" by William Alexander
"The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest" by Jack Nisbet

Martha Bayley's Spring 2011 Reading Recommendations

In mid-March 2011, Martha Bayley gave her ever-popular lecture on her favorite books for the season. See the table below for her recommendations.

"Fiddler in the Subway" by Gene Weingarten "Georgia Bottoms" by Mark Childress
"I Remember Nothing" by Nora Ephrom "Mr. Chartwell" by Rebecca Hunt
"American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields" by Rowan Jacobsen "The Red Garden" by Alice Hoffman
"The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe" by Glynis Ridley "The Uncoupling" by Meg Wolitzer

Martha Bayley's Spring 2010 Reading Recommendations

On March 14, 2010, Martha gave her recommendations on spring reading.  Below those five recommendations, you can still find her recommendations from the fall of 2009.  The books can be checked out at the Library or can be bought at our local bookstore - Eagle Harbor Books (  The nine books were (click on the book cover to go to to read a review):

Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel    Information Officer: A Novel by Mark Mills 

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species by Sean Carroll    Remarkable Creatures: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier 

The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet     
Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness by John Waller    Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst (local author)  
Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found by Marie Brenner     City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Scent Trail: How One Woman's Quest for the Perfect Perfume Took Her around the World by Celia Lyttelton  The Black Tower by Louis Bayard
The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace  Velva Jean Learns to Drive: A Novel by Jennifer Niven 
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper 
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