Martha Bayley Books

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On December 13, 2019, Martha Bayley gave her annual book talk to the assembled volunteers who give their time, energy, and service to the Bainbridge library.  The table below has the books she recommended, and you can click on the name of any book to read more about it.

Crissy Van Meter
"Creatures" by Crissy Van Meter

Isabel Allende
"A Long Petal of the Sea" by Isabel Allende

  Luke Gueddes
"Heart of Junk" by Luke Geddes

Joshua Hammer
"The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird" by Joshua Hammer
Hilary Mantel
"The Mirror & The Light" by Hilary Mantel
Kassia St. Clair
"The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History" by Kassia St. Clair


Martha Bayley gave her annual talk about "Books Too Good to Miss" on March 24, 2019 at the library.  You can click on any book cover and find more information about it.
A Shot in the Dark
"A Shot in the Dark" by Lynne Truss
A Woman of No Importance
"A Woman of No Importance" by Sonia Purnell
The Western Wind
"The Western Wind" by Samantha Harvey
Sea People
"Sea People" by Christina Thompson

The Night Tiger
"The Night Tiger" by Yangsze Choo

On March 26, 2018, the ever-popular Martha Bayley discussed her annual book recommendations to a packed crowd in the newly renovated main library conference room.  You can click on any book cover for more information about the book.

Peter Lovesey
"Beau Death: A Mystery" by Peter Lovesey

"Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon" by Catherine Hewitt

"Peculiar Ground: A Novel" by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
"Caesar's Footprints: Journeys Through Roman Gaul" by Bijan Omrani

"The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers

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" by John Bude

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

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

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

"Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town" by Brian Alexander
"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

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.

"The Immortal Irishman:The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero" by Timothy Egan

"News of the World: A Novel" by Paulette Jiles

"The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain" by Bill Bryson

"The Dogs of Littlefield: A Novel" by Suzanne Berne

"The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece" by Laura Cumming

"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

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