The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman. 2.75/4 (4.25/5 Amazon & 3.6/5 Goodreads). This is my 1st Alice Hoffman, although she's written 30 books of fiction! That's a lot. How have I avoided her all these years? Wouldn't you think I would have read at least one? Even accidentally? In any case, this is the story of a young girl whose father has a museum in Coney Island which features unusual people and animals. And a young man who came from an Orthodox Jewish background who left his father and religion behind. The year is 1908, and the book goes back and forth in an unusual way. You kind of have to read it to get what I'm saying. It's similar to All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, in that each of the 2 main characters has his/her own story, but you can tell they are headed toward a meeting.
UPCOMING BOOK: Tomorrow, I'm starting The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. I must have had 5 or 6 people rave about this book. Stay tuned. I'll let you know what I think.