The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel about Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem by Sonya Sones is referred to as “chick lit” in poetry format by a 50ish-year-old woman going through a tough time. I read this in two hours and had my own epiphany. Life changing? Maybe not for all, but definitely an interesting voice for those in the “sandwich generation”.
Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:
A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
P. Read a collection of poetry.
Are you looking for a cozy read for the holiday season? Lakeshore Christmas offers a small hometown setting, complete with an engaging romance. You’ll meet Maureen, a librarian trying to save the town’s library, and Eddie a former child star. The pair are putting together the town’s Christmas Pageant and aren’t seeing eye to eye. It is part of the Lakeshore Chronicles Series by Susan Wiggs, so if you fall in love with the characters, you can get more of them!
I expected The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer to be funny and raunchy, and it was. It was also poignant and touched on quite a few issues that that were surprising and heartfelt.
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.
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!