STOP AND CLICK! (September 2015)

I like to help unknown authors whenever possible and now you, as a blog reader can also be of assistance just by nominating Author Jenifer B. Stockdale by clicking on the link below.

Jenifer Stockdale was born on Martha's Vineyard and her new novel, A Good Memory to Forget is on Kindle Scout and needs your nominations to get published!  (Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published)

This novel, which is full of mystery and intrigue will keep you guessing until the very end...and then you'll still be surprised.  I know because I read the early chapters! 

Click on the link, find it under "Mystery and Suspense" and click"nominate me." 

Let's help this aspiring author! And if you nominate her and she gets published, Amazon will gift you with a free e-book copy.

HERE'S THE LINK...CLICK NOW!
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3K5WMOW31RKOK 

BLOG READERS SPEAK (AUGUST 2015)

 
Often blog readers send me opinions about books and I welcome the comments. 

Susan G. Of Cape Cod had high praise for Ken Haruf's final novel, OUR SOULS IN THE NIGHT.  Below find a recent review..


OUR SOULS IN THE NIGHT by Kent Haruf

I don’t think there’s a false word in Kent Haruf’s final novel, Our Souls in the Night. Nor, for all the colloquial ease and transparency of the prose and the apparent simplicity of the story, is there a glib word, or a predictable one.

Ordinarily the circumstances of the writing of a novel aren’t of much interest to me as a reader, but in this case, I am moved, even awed, to consider that the book was written while the author was dying. It is a report from the edge of darkness, made in the consciousness of responsibility. Haruf is bearing witness. Having gone farther than we have, he wants to tell us what matters there. His knowledge of his situation, and my knowledge of it as I read the book, made me appreciate the rare privilege of being with a person who is past the need to say anything but what needs to be said.


BARBARA A. is a blog reader from Boston. This scathing review was also posted on Goodreads.com.


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HOW TO BUILD A GIRL
by Caitlin Moran
Please save the $17.95, or whatever this horrid book costs, and buy your granddaughter a LEGO set. Together, you can build something far more valuable than this piece of scatological drivel. 
I only finished it so that I could honestly write a review. It's disgusting.


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THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES (AUGUST 2015)



I have always been an Alice Hoffman fan and have been anxiously awaiting this new release. Her earlier works were my favorites, whimsical and plaintive on so many levels. Her writing has definitely evolved and The Dovekeepers was a huge success.

In this new novel, Hoffman finds inspiration for her particular brand of magical realism in the Caribbean island of St. Thomas and the personal history of a nonfictional woman named Rachel Pomié, who lived on the colony in the 19th century. 

Rachel begins the story as the headstrong daughter of a French merchant, whose Jewish ancestors came to the New World in pursuit of religious freedom and found refuge under the protection of the King of Denmark, a champion of civil rights who also outlawed slavery on the island. 



THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Alice Hoffman

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. She is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to save the family business, all hell  breaks loose.

Hoffman turns to actual historical figures, namely Rachel Petit Pizarro and her son, the Impressionist artist Camille Pisarro to tell this wonderful tale.


ANTICIPATING FALL (August 2015)

Publisher's Weekly just announced the most notable books publishing in Fall 2015. I'm anticipating Jonathan Franzen's timely new one and I'm always in the mood for John Irving. 
For more detailed info click on www.publishers weekly.com

As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, Fall reading looks pretty enticing....

Purity by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept.) - In Franzen’s first novel since Freedom, a young woman follows a German peace activist to South America to intern for his WikiLeaks-like organization.



The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Atria, Nov.) - A love story and multigenerational epic encompassing WWII-era Poland and the United States and present-day San Francisco.

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving (Simon & Schuster, Nov.) - Irving’s 14th novel relates what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, and how his past in Mexico collides with his future.

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante, trans. by Ann Goldstein (Europa, Sept.) - The fourth and final Neapolitan novel solidifies the masterpiece status of Ferrante’s series.


A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk, trans. by Ekin Oklap (Knopf, Oct.) - The latest from the Nobel Prize winner is the tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life, told from the perspectives of several characters.


WHEN THE MOON IS LOW (JULY 2015)



Following the success of her internationally bestselling debut novel, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELLNadia Hashimi returns with WHEN THE MOON IS LOW. Set in Kabul during the Taliban’s rise to power, this sophomore effort introduces readers to a happy, middle class man, Mahmoud, and his wife, Fereiba. 

THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL was one of my favorite books for 2015. This new one has all the elements of being equally as powerful. Read what Bookreporter.com had to say.


WHEN THE MOON IS LOW by Nadia Hashimi 

Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power. 

Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England.

GOOD ONE FROM GOODREADS (JULY 2015)



This is a recommendation for history buffs or wanna-be buffs. Intriguing and loaded with details, Philippa Gregory does her usual job of combining suspense and intrigue in this intimate portrayal of Henry VIII's sixth queen. If you liked Wolf Hall, this is a no-brainier. 


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The Taming of The Queen

Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when King Henry VIII commands her to marry him—despite the fact that he is old enough to be her father and has already buried four wives

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: Henry’s previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But the king adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows. But is this enough to keep her safe?

"Full of vivid details and fraught with the constant tension of a court run by a madman, this novel will appeal most to historical fiction readers and those who enjoyed Wolf Hall." —Library Journal

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME (July 2015)

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the National Correspondent for the Atlantic.com. His new book is a 155 page letter to his teenaged son. He writes "Here is what I would like you to know.  In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body-it is heritage." This is a powerful book, not just about race...but a thoughtful, evocative story.....not a beach read, for sure!!!


BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Memoir)
Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men --- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his son.
(Bookreporter.com)

READ IT OR NOT...JULY 2015

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee (Fiction)
Originally written in the mid-1950s, GO SET A WATCHMAN was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. GO SET A WATCHMAN features many of the characters from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD some 20 years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch --- Scout --- struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.


So much controversy over this novel...Reviews have been mixed, readers are confused and  disillusioned!! What to do???
According to Bookreporter.com, it's definitely worth reading. Let me know...

LOVERS ON ALL SAINTS DAY (JULY 2015)


Juan Gabriel Vasquez, the Columbian writer, best known for his novel THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING has a new release. It's a collection of brilliantly told short stories with ageless themes and memorable characters. Readers remarked that Vasquez can capture a scene or an emotion with just a few well-chosen phrases....Publishers Weekly commented below....


Lovers on All Saints' Day by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean 

These stories from Vasquez (The Sound of Things Falling) were originally published in Spanish, in 2001, when the Colombian author was in self-imposed exile in Europe and aghast at how “fate or fluke is the name we give to events beyond our control that lay waste to our soaring dreams.” A number of Vasquez’s characters are middle-aged or old, mostly flawed men falling toward solitude at the expense of their lovers and wives. 

Many of the settings are in the forests of the Ardennes, peopled with hunters and fishermen, and impart a kind of foreboding; the metaphors for which Vasquez is celebrated abound: in “Hiding Places,” an immature fish cannot be saved when lured by a callous sportsman; in “The Lodger,” an address book once rejected by a lover contains beautiful maps of places that do not exist. 

The title story tells of a man who agrees to spend All Hallow’s Eve night with a young widow, even donning her dead husband’s pajamas to comfort her. Vasquez charts the internal struggles of small men whose mistakes and betrayals condemn them to a confounding world that repeatedly fails to satisfy, a world about which one character wonders “if everything had a human cause and another random one...”

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BOOK ALERT(JULY 2015)

AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia Pierpont is my next read!

Why am I interested in this debut novel by Julia Pierpont? Aside from riveting reviews it sounds like a witty, lucious, smart novel about two middle aged self centered " babies" who want to stay in a dysfunctional marriage for purely selfish reasons. What could be more intriguing? (Rhetorical question...)

So download, buy or whatever you do...it's going be a blockbuster..

LOVE MAY FAIL (JULY 2015)

I just read a great review in the Boston Globe. Evidently Matthew Quick the author of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK has released a new book titled LOVE MAY FAIL. It sounds like a more complicated storyline but equally as inspiring.

The reviewer said there are lapses, and some sections are a bit uneven, but so what.... Who doesn't like an easy, thoughtful read with laughs and tears along the way? Who doesn't like engaging characters, quirky circumstances and rhythmical prose?  Who doesn't like a little dysfunction as long as it doesn't affect you?  It's all there and then some...Get ready for an interesting ride....




BLOG READER'S SUGGESTIONS

I recently received a call from blog reader Susan G. She is a longtime follower of Joyce's Choices and we seem to share similar views on books and authors. Susan had a few suggestions for  "beach reads"....although in this case, her suggestions have a lot more depth than the label suggests.

Here are two of her favorites....

A SIMPLE PLAN by Scott Smith

An amazing story that will sound like a modern day morality play...This is a debut novel also made into a film. The film and the book were both excellent...for a change!


HALF THE SKY by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn

This would be a "pseudo" beach read written by New York Times columnist and his wife, a former Times reporter. The book is a call to arms against the oppression of women and girls in the developing world of Africa and Asia. An inspirational book and a must read...on the beach or off!

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WHAT AM I READING AND WHY? (JUNE 2015)

Author Jami Attenberg wrote a book I'll never forget. The title was The MIDDLESTEINS and I couldn't put it down. This new book is not as captivating but Attenberg's unique wit and heart shine through....slow moving at first and a major departure from The MIDDLESTEINS...you'll be caught up in Maizie before you know it. My only critique is the diary form and so many voices, but the writing style makes up for it...it flows.

SAINT MAZIE by Jami Attenberg (Historical Fiction)
Mazie Phillips is the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. When the Great Depression hits, she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, becoming the beating heart of the Lower East Side. More than 90 years after Mazie began her diary, it is discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life. Reviewed by Megan Elliott on Bookreporter.com

JUNE BOOKMARKS (2015)


Did you know that Andrew Jackson was a sleaze? Do you care? Well, for history buffs out there, JACKSONLAND depicts our seventh president in not such a good light. According to the editors on Bookpage.com, Jackson left a messy legacy and this lively narrative by award winning journalist, Steve Inskeep of NPR fame, is a page turner.

On a different note, if you were a fan of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY, you'll want to read Annie Barrow's new book, THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US. Evoking the same charm, style and appeal, it captivated critics and blog readers alike. It's on the top of my TBR list....



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The Truth According to Us
By Annie Barrows
HISTORICAL FICTION
The co-author of the 2008 reader favorite The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society returns with a thoroughly charming small-town story. When a socialite arrives in tiny Macedonia, West Virginia, during the Great Depression to write a town history, she stirs up a whole lot of secrets—and 12-year-old Willa’s life will never be the same. Barrows blends letters and multiple narrators to provide a panoramic view of a community bursting with vivid personalities.



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Jacksonland
By Steve Inskeep
HISTORY
For now, at least, Andrew Jackson still graces the front of our 20-dollar bill. But the reputation of our seventh president will be jolted by this riveting look at how Old Hickory prevailed in taking land from the Cherokee and enriching himself and his associates in the process. Inskeep, an award-winning journalist and cohost of NPR's "Morning Edition" pairs Jackson's story with the struggles of John Ross, the eloquent Cherokee chief who went all the way to the Supreme Court in a failing effort to hold on to the tribe's ancestral lands.

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU (MAY 2015)

My favorite book this year is finally out in paperback! Outstanding prose, vibrant three dimensional characters combine to make this quiet powerful story unforgettable. The subtlle storyline will keep you holding your breathe. From the opening sentence, I could tell I was going to be hooked..am anxiously awaiting a second novel....


EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Fiction)
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.

Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets and longing, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

“If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now.... Deep, heartfelt.” —The New York Times Book Review 


WALL STREET JOURNAL PICKS BEST SUMMER NOVELS

I love these authors and can't wait for their new releases! I didn't know that Jami Attenberg was writing another novel. THE MIDDLESTEINS was one of my all time faves and am anticipating another great read. And what can compare to short stories by award winning author, Anne Beattie?

The WSJ is usually right on target, "literally" and financially. So check out their choices...
  

“Saint Mazie”

by Jami Attenberg; June 2

Jami Attenberg, best-selling author of “The Middlesteins,” has written a novel inspired by Mazie P. Gordon, a woman profiled by Joseph Mitchell in the New Yorker in 1940. In the novel, Mazie, a bawdy movie-theater proprietress on New York’s Lower East Side, opens the theater’s doors to the homeless during the Great Depression.


“The State We’re In: Maine Stories”

by Ann Beattie; Aug. 11

This is the first new collection in more than a decade from short-story master Ann Beattie. Three of them are about Jocelyn, a teenager sent for the summer to live with her Uncle Raleigh and dreaded Aunt Bettina Louise Tompkins (BLT for short.)


“The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty”

by Vendela Vida; June 2

This is the fourth novel from award-winning author Vendela Vida. A woman traveling in Casablanca is robbed of all her money and identification, and takes a job as a stand-in for a movie star.






"THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU"

by A.J. Rich; July 7

Award-winning authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, writing together under the pen name A.J. Rich, have collaborated on a thriller in tribute to their late friend, Katherine Russell Rich. The story, about a woman who discovers that her fiancé is not who he said he was, is inspired by a real-life experience of Ms. Rich.


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BUZZING IN THE BOOK WORLD (MAY 2015)


Every once in awhile a book debuts that causes a major buzz amongst book people. A GOD IN RUINS by Kate Atkinson Is buzzing non stop. It's a campanion piece to LIFE AFTER LIFE and it probably helps  if you've read the first one. Reviews have been over the top and the review below by author Tom Perotta says it all....



NEW TIMES REVIEW....

"But then you read a novel like Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins,” a sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga that tells the story of postwar Britain through the microcosm of a single family, and you remember what a big, old-school novel can do. Atkinson’s book covers almost a century, tracks four generations, and is almost inexhaustibly rich in scenes and characters and incidents. It deploys the whole realist bag of tricks, and none of it feels fake or embarrassing. In fact, it’s a masterly and frequently exhilarating performance by a novelist who seems utterly undaunted by the imposing challenges she’s set for herself."


Sounds like a must read...Is it really, really necessary to read LIFE AFTER LIFE first?  The response is a "yes" by most readers and reviewers.. Do you agree? Leave a comment.....

SUMMER READS (MAY 2015)



Summer is almost here and with its approach comes a selection of books that I'm anxious to read and share. Publisher's Weekly, a trade news magazine compiles a list that usually includes a wide range of choices. Below are some of the new titles....

"Summer is a time to catch up with old friends, like Stephen King, whose Finders Keepers, a new crime fiction novel, follows last summer's  Mr Mercedes. Harper Lee's second book, Go Set a Watchman, arrives after 55 years with all the usual suspects from her eternal blockbuster; and Judy Blume tackles the early 50s with In the Unlikely Event, her first adult novel since 1998. Things that go bump in the night are always fitting summer fare and The Decagon House Murders, a Japanese mystery by Yukito Ayatsuji fills the bill."


Here's a few reviews.....

All That Followed

Gabriel Urza 

A foreign setting that's just exotic enough (the Basque region of Spain), a terrible crime (kidnapping and murder), a small town with complicated history and delicious superstitions (fear of la Cerda, a woman who was burned to death in afurnace as a witch during the Spanish Inquisition for holding gatherings where young girls cavorted with the Devil), and a beautiful widow are just some of the elements that make this intriguing literary debut a book to while away a summer afternoon with. The narrator is an American who has lived in the village for 50 years but acknowledges that he "would always be considered a foreigner here, a visitor passing through." Aren't we all? –








Finders Keepers

Stephen King (Scribner)

I'm a huge fan of Stephen King's high-concept fiction, and last summer while sitting in the airport waiting to leave the American Library Association Annual Conference in Vegas, I read a review of Mr. Mercedes (which had just come out) that described it as a crime novel with the desperation of Under the Dome. I went to the airport's bookstore and picked it up, finished it in a couple days, and spent the rest of the summer reading crime fiction. I'm really excited to kick off another summer of crime fiction with the Mr. Mercedes follow-up. —Seth Dellon, digital business manager

















NOT TO BE MISSED (MAY 2015)



I like a Daviid Baldacci thriller once in a while. He's a blockbuster author and his newest, MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page....reviewers say. Now he introduces an original, unique character, a man with a perfect memory....if I can remember, it's going on my TBR List.

Another new one, ORHAN'S INHERITANCE, a first novel by Aline Ohanesian is based on a powerful story told by her grandmother. The story was told only once to nine year old Ohanesian and never mentioned again to any family members. Years later it became the inspiration for this novel.


MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci (Thriller)
Amos Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare --- his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. Decker must endure the memories he would much rather forget --- and may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Rev


ORHAN'S INHERITANCE by Aline Ohanesian (Fiction)
When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather is found dead in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits his decades-old business. Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in a retirement home in Los Angeles. Intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to LA. There he will unearth a powerful and unforgettable story.


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QUICK PICKS (APRIL 2015)

Looking for something fresh and unusual to read? The suggestions below should fill that gap. You can never go wrong with a Joyce Carol Oates tome and her new one will debut in a few weeks...Are you in the mood for a serious crime thriller minus all the fluff or a bit of Science Fiction with all the trappings? Check out this list submitted by Book Page.


THE WHITES by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt 

Sgt. Billy Graves of the NYPD pursues his “White” (that’s what Billy calls the one that got away), a triple murderer, in this outstanding contemporary crime thriller.


JACK OF SPADES by Joyce Carol Oates 

Andrew Rush, a critically and commercially successful mystery novelist has a dark secret: under a pseudonym he pens lurid, violent potboilers. He risks everything if his secret comes out in this exceptional tale of suspense.


CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly 

There are plenty of heart-pounding moments in Kelly’s debut, and an abundance of vividly imagined details bring post-apocalyptic New York City to searing life. But the biggest risk is not one that the characters take—it’s Kelly’s bold spotlighting of the bonds between women.




          AND FOR SOMETHING OFF THE BEATEN PATH......
Between You & Me



                          



 BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Mary Norris
A copy editor at The New Yorker, Norris got her first big break courtesy of a spelling mistake. As a rookie proofreader, she noticed a writer's inadvertent use of "flower" when he meant "flour," a catch that earned effusive praise from her boss. Since then, Norris has spent 30 years scrutinizing commas, distinguishing "that" from "which" and correcting the dreaded dangling participle. With her love of language on full display, the self-titled "Comma Queen" turns what could have been a tedious grammar manual into a witty and entertaining look at the rewards of expressing ourselves precisely.

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PAPERBACK SPOTLIGHT (APRIL 2015)


Although I generally read e-books there are many readers that do not...so here's a paperback that's trendy and exciting...Throw it out when you're done or pass it on to a friend...Sounds like a good psychological thriller....or not.

THE DAUGHTER by Jane Shemilt 

Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.

But when her youngest child, 15-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios --- kidnapping, murder --- seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers --- and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised. (Bookreporter.com)

WHAT'S NEW? (April 2015)


Here's two more great reads debuting this month. If you liked WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, Sara Gruen's new novel will be a must read...Remember to click on the Amazon Search Box in the Sidebar to order immediately.


AT THE WATER’S EDGE by Sara Gruen (Historical Fiction)
After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed --- by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster --- Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind. 


THE HARDER THEY COME by T.C. Boyle (Psychological Suspense)
On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, 70-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal --- only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic, which leads him to shoot two people. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.  


MY LATEST READ (April 2015)


I wish I liked THE POCKET WIFE more than I did... I was looking for a stylish thriller with lots of intrigue and not too many side plots. I got what I deserved. It's stylish, not too compelling and brimming with frenetic, unlikeable characters. I'm halfway through and look forward to a predictable ending... Take THE POCKET WIFE on vacation....or on any trip...one way.



THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford (Psychological Thriller)
Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor, Celia, is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her...or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?


Here's a new one by mystery writer Harlan Coben....


THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben (Thriller)

The Stranger appears out of nowhere. His identity is unknown, and his motives are unclear. But his information is undeniable. He whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. 


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H IS FOR HAWK (MARCH 2014)


This is not a book I would ordinarily read. Who would have thought H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald would be described as breathtakingly gorgeous and unforgettable...unique and life changing and so much more.

 After reading the review below, beautifully written by Barbara A.....How can one resist?

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H IS FOR HAWK
By Helen Macdonald
But not just. H is for Helen and heartache; for hares and hunting and hedges and hazel; for hurt and humanity; for history; for homosexuality, in this case repressed and sadistic; for Hitler and his twisted imagery; for healing; and ultimately, for happiness. 
Yes, all of that, and for the most unlikely, magical, poetic hash of memoir; literary history; psychological analysis of the writer and failed falconer T.H. White; and of a study of the heraldry of falconry. 
Beyond brilliant. Beyond anything I have ever read.