Marya Johnston

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My reading is very eclectic. I read everything! My favorite book is always the last one I read. (I have come up with a couple for you, though):

Coming Out Soon! 

Killers and Thieves

Only Killers and Thieves

by Paul Howarth

Having lived in Queensland, Australia, I was attracted to this novel by it’s locale.  As riveting as it was disconcerting, I won’t forget the story anytime soon.  The Australian treatment of Aboriginals was every bit as painful as our treatment of Native Americans and continues in present day.  Howarth’s depiction of Outback Queensland is spot-on and could very well take place in the current time.


Available February 6th, 2018.


She Persisted Around the World


She Persisted Around the World

by Chelsea Clinton

I loved She Persisted, and this book looks to be just as great.
Publisher’s Marketing info:
The companion to Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger’s #1 New York Times bestseller, She Persisted. Perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists and little kids who are ready to take on the world. 
Available March 6th, 2018.

Feather Thief


The Feather Thief

by Kirk Wallace Johnson

My personal review:
Having some knowledge about fly fishing and fly tying is no preparation for Kirk Wallace Johnson’s Feather Thief.   As captivating as it is disturbing, Kirk’s book starts as a theft of rare bird feathers from the Trist museum- with it’s perpetrator getting away scot-free- and transports us to the underbelly of what was once a “gentleman’s” occupation.  Hopefully the world of salmon fly tying is exposed now by Kirk’s book, and by the revelation of this world’s lack of compunction in stealing priceless rare feathers, as a club of of thieves, illegal traffickers and obsesionists.  This is no longer a gentleman’s sport.
 Available April 24th, 2018.

Tried and True Favorites:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.  I loved it!

The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
Anyone that knows me knows that this has been my favorite non-fiction book of the last couple of years. This is the story of the Spring of 1983. Because of the massive El Nino that winter, the massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward Glen Canyon Dam. As federal officials scrambled to avoid one of the most dramatic dam failures in history, a trio of river guides secretly launched a hand-built wooden dory named the Emerald Mile into the Colorado to try to make a record for the fastest non-motorized trip through the Grand Canyon. This was a thrilling book to read and I especially loved it because I knew some of those river people.

Only Child by Guojing
This stunningly beautiful wordless picture book is my new favorite in the Children’s book section. A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But…home and family are very far away. How will she get back there? It’s been on many “best book of the year” lists even though it came out in December.