Delicious by Ruth Reichl is a book I liked more as I got into it. I loved the old mansion in New York, the cooking, the restaurant culture, and the WW2 era backstory with James Beard. The romantic side story added a nice flavor to the story too.
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I was fascinated by much of what Sebastian Junger’s book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging had to say about mental illness, PTSD, and how communal lack of social connectedness can cause problems on society as whole. I think this little gem would make a great book discussion!
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert is a summer must-read! It’s an uncomplicated and downright NICE book with likeable characters, a great setting (Milwaukee) and a simple plot that works! I haven’t been to Milwaukee in years and thanks to this book I will be making the trip and quite possibly eat the coconut cake!
Am I a huge Martin Short fan? I must say, I was not until I listened to his autobiography I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend. Short narrated his book, and it was pretty wonderful. Both witty and poignant, I completely enjoyed peeking into both Hollywood and his wonderful marriage.
A thought-provoking novel that centers around the plight of those who immigrate to the United States. Maybe a touch simplistic and definitely bit sentimental, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez does give a vivid portrayal of the sacrifice and struggle it takes to make a new land your home. For those who prefer audiobooks, multiple narrators enhance the nuance of the text.
Everything I Never Told You is an incredibly written debut novel by Celeste Ng. On the surface, the story, which is set in the 1970’s, revolves around the mysterious death of Lydia Lee, a 16 year old honor student and favored daughter with a bright future. But the novel is so much more than a mere mystery. It is layered with such premises as racial stereotyping, homosexuality, family issues, and unfulfilled expectations. A must read!
Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully is a loosely autobiographical story written by rap artist 50 Cent. He writes a realistic portrayal of teen bullying from the perspective of the bully and explores the reasons why bullies are created. You can read this in one sitting and have a whole new understanding of a topic which has become so prevalent in our society.
It’s not often that I read a novel that I know is going to make me cry and actually like it! Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is the story of two unlikely people who meet and fall in love. Sounds simple, but there is absolutely nothing simple about it.
The Circle by Dave Eggers portrays an alarming fantasy world of social media on steroids. You may mock this premise as implausible fiction or see it as an eerie foreshadowing of where our society is headed, but either way you won’t be able to put this book down.
You wouldn’t expect to enjoy a romance novel where the hero has very few redeeming qualities, yet somehow the chemistry between flawed Sebastian and the gorgeous bluestocking, Jessica, works. Filled with witty repartee and fast-paced dialogue, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is a must-read for romance fans!