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.

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME (MARCH 2015)


Author Joy Fielding never fails to deliver. Not the most literate of authors, her books are fun, undemanding, fast paced edge of your seat reads. This new psychological thriller is reminiscent of Rear Window and critics called it a "spiraling tale of paranoia and suspense." What more could you want?!!

Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

This engrossing standalone from bestseller Fielding makes you care about Bailey Carpenter, a Miami-based investigator who’s raped while on surveillance. Previously, the biggest problems in Bailey’s life had been her mother’s death, her affair with a married colleague, and her five half-siblings’ attempt to overturn their father’s will, which left millions to Bailey and her often-stoned brother, Heath.

 Now Claire, a nurse as well as the half-sister Bailey barely knows, becomes her guardian angel as she starts on her slow path to recovery. Not sleeping and afraid to leave her high-rise apartment, Bailey suspects every man of evil intent, and she has a number of encounters, both frightening and embarrassing, in her quest to re-establish some control over her life. 

The characters pulsate with life, and there are a few shocks in store—for Bailey and the reader—before the denouement. And the presence of Jade, Claire’s outspoken teen daughter, blows everyone else off the page.



DEBUTING IN MAY.....

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.

 

THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL (MARCH 2015)

 

I am currently reading THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL by Nadia Hashimi.

This is a story of two women in two very different Afghanistans: one on the brink of modernizations several generations ago, and the other on the brink of collapse under the pressure of the war between the Taliban and the Western forces. 

These two women, Rahima and her great-great-grandmother Shekiba face similar problems being women in a society that does not have any role for women besides bearing sons and doing housework.

The writing often doesn't flow, however, the more I read, the more I became invested in the characters and the story.

Through Rahima, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL deals with questions that most of us living in Western countries would not really think consciously about in this decade (the right to education for girls, the freedom for girls to exist without being seen as indecent, women’s biggest achievement being more than the birth of sons, etc). 

I found it heart-breaking to read about Rahima and think of child-brides like her existing today, but I found it even more frustrating to see how little has changed in the role of women between the generations of these characters.

I recommend this book in spite of some minor flaws. It's an eye-opener.

IN LIKE A LION (MARCH 2015)

It may not feel like Spring in some parts of the world, but books are sprouting up everywhere...even though snow may still be on the ground! 
Below find a few new releases by authors you may know. You can order these books directly from this blog by clicking on the Amazon Search Box in the Sidebar.

 
ALL THE OLD KNIVES
By Olen Steinhauer

MYSTERY
The scene looks peaceful, even dreamy: an attractive couple dining together in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. But this isn't a romantic evening for the two ex-lovers who are sharing a table at the Rendez-vous restaurant. CIA agent Henry has come from Vienna to find out whether Celia played a traitorous role in a deadly 2006 hijacking. The stakes are high and the tension unrelenting in Steinhauer's top-notch standalone spy novel, perfect for fans of "Homeland.


The Buried Giant








THE BURIED GIANT
By Kazuo Ishiguro

The long-awaited new novel from the acclaimed Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go) is a dramatic and intriguing departure from his previous work. Set in England's savage past, this Arthurian epic follows an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, on a quest to find their missing son. In a world of knights and dragons, ogres and pixies, Ishiguro confronts profound questions about memory and revenge.



AND RELEASING MARCH 31

At the Water's Edge

AT THE WATER'S EDGE

In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downtown Abbey....



KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER (FEBRUARY 2015)


 

Have you overdosed on Ludlum and Forsythe? Then give Zander your full attention. THE SWIMMER is fast paced with a strong female lead character. The book takes you to Brussels, to Stockholm, to Paris leaving the reader breathless and wanting more. After Steig Larsson, watch out for this new voice in Scandinavian crime fiction, Joakim Zander.....



THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander


Klara Walldeen, orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents on a remote Swedish archipelago, is now a political aide in Brussels. And she has just seen something she shouldn’t: something people will kill to keep hidden. 

On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action: so dedicated to the cause that he abandoned his baby daughter to keep his cover. Now the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool. 

Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out...
 
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WORTH NOTING (FEBRUARY 2015)



I recently read the following review on Bookreporter.com and simultaneously received an email from a blog reader who expressed similar sentiments. M.O. Walsh has written a heartfelt, old fashioned Southern novel, ruptured by an unspeakable crime. According to both readers this is a compelling and unforgettable book.

MY SUNSHINE AWAY by M.O. Walsh 

 
I was lucky enough to read MY SUNSHINE AWAY back in the spring of 2014, as I interviewed M.O. Walsh for the BEA Book Buzz session last May. When I read the title, I started humming the song “You Are My Sunshine,” which I learned is one of the state songs of Louisiana. Then I read the first line of the book, “There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson,” and I stopped thinking sunny thoughts.

In the summer of 1989, Lindy was a girl who caught boys’ eyes, but while she was turning heads, she never seemed to notice. Then she is attacked one night, and the world changes for both her and those in the neighborhood around her. The “safe” world became a lot less innocent.

MY SUNSHINE AWAY is a brilliant, beautifully written coming-of-age story that has a mystery rolled into it --- a mystery that is not resolved until the last few pages. (www.bookreporter.com)


ANOTHER ONE TO WATCH.... 


CRAZY LOVE YOU by Lisa Unger 

Lisa Unger has a knack for writing the kind of edgy psychological thriller that lures you in and wraps itself around you. Then, just when you think I got this story nailed, she whooshes you off into another direction. When you settle there, you know you better not get comfortable. This is a light read, a twisted tale, suspenseful and fast paced....mixed reviews.


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THE THREE M's (February 2015)

Who doesn't like a good psychological thriller...with emphasis on the good?  Reviewers are labeling THE POCKET WIFE a compelling novel of "intrigue and white knuckle pacing." 
You've got a multitude of M's in this one...murder, marriage and madness...sounds like a must-read...or at least a maybe-read! Mmmmm, probably a Maybe.....


THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford

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?


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OPRAH OR NOT (FEBRUARY 2015)



I commend Oprah for influencing people to read...a major accomplishment!  I don't always like her selections but hopefully this current choice will be a good one. I'm glad she's chosen a new author, that's a departure...although the focus of the novel is vaguely familiar. Anyway, I'm downloading Ruby and have high hopes.


RUBY BY CYNTHIA BOND

The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her—this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.
 
Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York.

Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city--the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village--all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood.

With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. 
(Reviewed by www.bookmovement.com )


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STRONG WOMEN (FEBRUARY 2015)



ISABELLA THE WARRIOR QUEEN by Kirsten Downey 

This historical tale portrays a quintessentially powerful woman, ruling at the beginning of a century in which powerful women practically sprang from the earth. Like most important historical subjects, she is little known or thought of outside of narrow academic circles. She's a woman you won't forget.

The author writes well, and does a creditable job of telling us what we need to know about Isabella and her world without getting too far into the weeds of late 15th and early 16th century politics.  The book is especially good at putting Isabella into her context, whether the self-absorbed lassitude of various northern European rulers, or the politico-religious intensity of Spain and other Mediterranean lands that were facing the shatteringly real threat of Muslim Turkish aggression. 

The seismic upheaval of the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the conquest and rape of the Balkans, incursions into Hungary and southern Italy and the threats to Sicily and Spain itself were a powerful element in shaping the life and times of this momentously important queen. The down side? This is a LONG book, coming in a little under 700 pages. Still, worth the read.....


THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II 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. 



Two blog readers recommended these books which are recipients of great reviews and positive comments. If you like a history book that reads like a novel, try one of the above. 

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OH NO!! (February 2015)


Over the past 50 years Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Anne Tyler has published 19 novels, including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, An Accidental Tourist and Digging to America. The 71-year-old author has revealed the title of her latest work, A Spool of Blue Thread, after announcing that she would not write another novel...OH NO!...I've read all of her novels. I'm an Anne Tyler groupie!  Say it isn't so............



A Spool of Blue Thread









A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD BY ANNE TYLER

The Whitshanks aren't "a melodramatic family," Tyler tells us at the outset of her luminous 20th novel. But Abby and Red Whitshank and their four children do have their share of secrets and jealousies, some of which will resurface as Abby and Red face the challenges of aging in their rambling Baltimore home. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Tyler marks the 50th year of her writing career with another remarkably convincing look at the push-and-pull of family life.

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NOTHING IS AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS (FEBRUARY 2015)

















A Simple Plan by Scott Smith 

In this wholly realistic novel, two brothers and a friend come upon a crashed plane in whose shattered ruins they find an enormous sum of money. Before that moment, none of these men has ever needed to concoct a simple plan to keep and conceal a fortune that quite obviously does not belong them. 

In the midst of doing just that, they become criminals, as well as victims of crime. The story builds steadily as the wages of sin become more and more costly. Here is a classic cautionary tale about the penalty dishonesty may exact upon ordinary, and largely innocent, human beings.


Blog readers and critics are raving about this new suspenseful novel by Scott Smith.
I hope it's better than Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which is #2 on NYTIMES Bestseller list, not sure why...

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TO THE END OF THE LAND (JANUARY 2015)


Blog reader, Betsy S. recently recommended To The End of the Land by prominent Israeli author, David Grossman. I wanted to share her comments as it's such a timely topic. Released in 2010, this novel was started three years before his son, Uri's death in a Mid-East conflict. Reviewers agreed To the End of the Land is a compelling and profound read.

Betsy said....

"I could not put this book down. The humanity of the characters, the intensity of the relationships, the backdrop of Israeli history, the poignancy of current events left me absolutely breathless..."


Front Cover 


To the End of the Land tells the story of Ora, who leaves her home in Jerusalem to walk across Israel to Galilee, in order to avoid the "notifiers" who might arrive at any moment to inform her of the death of her son. It is the trip they had planned together to celebrate his discharge from military service. Instead, he volunteers to rejoin the army in a high-intensity offensive – "a kick-ass operation" – against the Palestinians at the start of the second intifada. 

Ofer has been lost to his mother "forever from the moment he was nationalised". Her husband, Ilan, has left her, taking her other son, Adam, with him to South America, after she failed to support Ofer when he was investigated over an incident in Hebron which left a Palestinian trapped in a meat-locker for two days. 

Ora is, among many other things, her son's failed conscience, a voice of caution for him and for her country which neither wishes to hear. Her love for him is limitless, but when he justifies the recourse to violence against the Palestinians, her sole focus is on saving "her child from the barbarian standing opposite her".


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THE FIRST BAD MAN (JANUARY 2015)


The director, screenwriter, actor, artist and author, most recently, of “The First Bad Man,” can’t stand Garfield. “That dumb man and his dumb, mean cat have gotten more of our attention than they deserve.”  She says it like it is....and so does her debut novel.
Critics called this new book "slyly hilarious and infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love". It's been labeled dazzling, disorienting, and unforgettable. The First Bad Man will definetly be my next read....once I plow through All the Light I Cannot See which is very...slow...moving. I'm so ready for something exhilarating and unputdownable!
Here's a short review...

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Miranda July is no slouch. Not only is she a filmmaker, a writer, an artist, and an actor, but now, with The First Bad Man (Scribner), she is also a novelist. What’s next, you may ask, cosmonaut? Well, if you consider exploring the surreal outer reaches of the emotional cosmos—galaxies of loneliness and sexual perversity, the mysterious moons of motherhood—then, yes, Miranda July is also a cosmonaut. Certainly, the star of her astonishing novel, Cheryl Glickman—eccentric, middle-aged, and childless—is out there. Cheryl’s life turns on her obsession with a no-good Lothario she believes was her lover in past lives, and a baby boy she bonded with as a girl. That is until Clee, the beautiful, violent, selfish 21-year-old daughter of her employers, comes to live with her, and knocks her world off its axis. In one novel, July tells us more about our universal need to be loved, and our ability to love and be loved, than most earthbound authors will in a lifetime.

UPDATE: I found this book to be very disappointing on so many levels. Don't waste your time....


YEAR AHEAD LIST (JANUARY 2015)

 What's coming out in 2015? Having read two really good books on vacation (Scroll down to see reviews) and several not so good, I'm anxiously searching for some year-ahead lists. 

Should I start HONEYDEW by Edith Pearlman? The Times and Boston Globe wrote glowing reviews...or start reading some neglected downloads on my Kindle, overlooked in favor of Words With Friends, the Daily Mail Gossip Page and a quirky Sue Grafton mystery? But that's another story... 

Those who can’t face living in the present, the end of all the retrospective 2014 lists doesn’t have to spell doom. It’s time to see what the future brings....

Here's what John Williams of the Times had to say.....


GOD HELP THE CHILD” due in April, is a short new novel by the Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison about childhood trauma and its reverberations in adulthood. From the slender to the sizable, April also sees the publication in English of the fourth volume of "MY STRUGGLE" Karl Ove Knausgaard’s series of six autobiographical novels. This one finds him as a teenager, attempting to kick-start a writing career while teaching at a school in a tiny village in the Arctic. Contemplation, no doubt, ensues.


"OUR SOULS AT NIGHT" the last novel by Kent Haruf, who died at 71 in November, is slated for May. It’s set in the fictional town of Holt, Colo., which will be familiar to readers of Haruf’s previous novels. The same month, Nell Zink, whose short novel “The Wallcreeper” drew praise just this past October, wastes no time publishing her second book, " MISLAID" also in May. 

September will bring at least one guaranteed best seller: Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, "PURITY" which revolves around a young woman named Purity, or Pip, who investigates the identity of her father. Also scheduled for September is “THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO"  a collection of stories by Anthony Marra, whose first novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” was published in 2013 to widespread acclaim. 

Other writers with new books scheduled for 2015 include Miranda July, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Smiley, Nick Hornby and, in English translation, Mario Vargas Llosa.

TIME FOR A THRILL (JANUARY 2015)

Who doesn't need a thrill once in awhile and nothing like a good thriller to fill the need...The Girl on the TRAIN received glowing reviews by two blog readers..."Glowing" may be a little excessive...but I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my blog, so I'll take their word for it...See what you think....
Here's a brief summary from Book Page...

The Girl on the Train







The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
THRILLER
Since the blockbuster success of Gillian Flynn's 2012 thriller, contenders for the title of "the next  Gone Girl have been plentiful. Our choice for the winner is this cleverly constructed and relentlessly suspenseful story of a commuter who catches daily glimpses of a "perfect, golden couple" whose Victorian home adjoins the railroad tracks. When their lives take a dramatic turn for the worse one night, readers won't know who—or what—to believe about what really happened.

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EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU (DECEMBER 2014)



Of all my vacation reads, this has been my favorite. I can't stop thinking about it. A debut novel by Cambridge author, Celeste Ng, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU is powerful and piercingly on target. For all of us who are drawn to books about dysfunctional families this is the pinnacle!  Bring on the maladjusted, the wounded, and the flawed..it's all here depicted in gorgeous, poignant prose.

The summary below says it all....


Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . .

So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

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. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

(Amazon Review and Best Book of 2014)


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UNDER A PALM TREE (December 2014)

Yes, I am on vacation...I've been gone three days (two days of rain...) and just finished EUPHORIA BY LILY KING, a novel loosely based on an episode in the life of Margaret Mead. I thought I would hate this book...who wants to read about tribes in New Guinea? To my surprise, I did!

It's a meticulously researched homage to the anthropologist blended into a steamy and intelligent story. A love triangle...compelling, sensuous and beautifully written. Everything from competing egos and desires, violence, and tragedy are combined making EUPHORIA an expertly crafted satisfying drama....and what a drama!! In my opinion this is a must read....


Euphoria

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TELL ME IT'S NOT TRUE! (DECEMBER 2014)

Everyone knows about GOODREADS. Just to refresh some memories, it's the largest network of readers and book recommendations online...or anywhere!  Every year members select the best books in twenty categories ranging from fiction, nonfiction, history, to the unique...like best Goodreads author debut.

This year the best book in fiction selected by Goodreads readers is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. The novel follows a TV writer in a crumbling marriage who discovers a way to talk to her husband in the past...on a phone.

I am reading Landline and all I can say is...Were the  Goodreads voters all drunk??? With all the wonderful fiction out this year...this is what they picked?!!?  I'm so disillusioned, disappointed and disgruntled!  I hope you read it so we can all suffer together...


Here's more info...

WINNER 46,154 votes

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

LANDLINE by RAINBOW ROWELL 

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble 
for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, 
deeply —
 But that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for 
Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go.....
and it all goes downhill....
No surprise.....

Disclaimer: 
I'm probably in the minority..Obviously many liked this book...but it's 
my not so humble opinion and I'm standing by it! 

HOLIDAY BOOK ALERT! (December 2014)



I'm looking forward to Anita Diamant's new book, THE BOSTON GIRL. It's an historical novel told in the first person by an 85 year old woman in response to a question from her granddaughter. Although best known for THE RED TENT, Diamant is the author of both fiction and nonfiction. THE BOSTON GIRL will be released December 9th and is already the recipient of excellent reviews.

THE BOSTON GIRL by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl










The author of the bestseller The Red Tent gives readers a first-person tour of the early 20th century through the eyes of Addie Baum, the feisty, determined, thoroughly appealing narrator of Diamant's latest novel. Born in 1900 to Jewish immigrant parents who don't understand her intellectual curiosity or her rebellious ways, Addie forges her own path to become a "real American." Addie's vibrant voice makes history come alive in this inspirational story of a young woman who thinks big and makes her dreams come true. (Bookreporter.com)

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READ IT AND REAP (DECEMBER 2014)



December is a busy time of year, so some book suggestions wouldn't be out of order. I contacted a few blog readers to seek inspiration for holiday gifts and books that travel well.
Here they are, and what an eclectic mix!

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All Days Cover FINAL


All Days are Night by Peter Stamm

Gillian is content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future --- or so it seems.


The Perfect Mother: A Novel

The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton

A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’ carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder if she ever really knew her daughter. 


The Escape (John Puller Series #3)


THE ESCAPE by David Baldacci

In ZERO DAY and THE FORGOTTEN, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, experience and skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother. 




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FAMILY FURNISHINGS by Alice Monro

FAMILY FURNISHINGS brings us 24 of Alice Munro’s most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. These stories illuminate the quotidian yet extraordinary particularity in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world. 



AND THE INFAMOUS MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER.......




THE NARROW ROAD to the DEEP NORTH


Part love story and part survival story, this novel, about an Australian doctor who endured Japanese POW camps but remained haunted by his affair with his uncle's wife, is the kind of sweeping epic classic we all long for. This year it won the England's Man Booker Prize and instantly swept on the best-sellers lists. Our advice: After page 70, be prepared to cancel the rest of your life—there is no stopping 'til the end....or shopping!