Summer Reading….books for the beach and the backyard!!

Part of my library on NOOK.....some I haven't read yet...

Ok, now that summer is here, I wanted to share some books that I have read( and loved) recently…that you might also enjoy trying. It seems I am always looking for a good read, and like you, I am loathe to spend bucks on a book that I don’t know I’ll like. Not that my recommendation means that YOU will like it, but it’s a start, right? Here we go…

Lisa Robinson recommended this...

Wench, by Dolen PerkinsValdez.  Lisa Robinson recommended this when I was looking for a book to read…and she was right, I loved it. About the lives of four slave women who are also their masters’ mistresses….the women meet when their masters go to the same resort in Ohio every summer. Fascinating and suspenseful.

It struck a chord with me...

The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg. Don’t know if you have already discovered her books…definitely a chick book writer…I’ve enjoyed some of her others, but this one is about a woman who takes off from her life and husband, on a road trip to rediscover what she really wants from life. (who hasn’t dreamed of that)

Loved it!!

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness.  Ok, if you’re a fan of books about witches, vampires, that sort of thing…you’ll love this. Well written and it interweaves all of them into one long(hello, getting your money’s worth-what’s with the 195 page reads)fantastic read, that is obviously set up as the first in a series. Loves it.

Found it from a NY Times review...

Among Others, by Jo Walton.  Also fantasy, science fiction book….it is about a young girl shunted off to a grim boarding school…who knows she is from a family of spell casters, and a pretty surprising past….she finds a group of science fiction readers that change her life. Lovely read…

Where is she really? Takes a while to find out...

Room, by Emma Donoghue. Read about this in the NY Times book review and it sounded so fascinating, I knew I had to get it. 5-year-old Jack lives with his Mother in what seems like a single room, as Jack tells it, where he has lived his whole life. They eat, play games, sleep….but why are they there? Kinda creepy for sure, but also amazing story of hope, and love….a real page-turner.

Look at that face!!

Katie Up and Down the Hall, by Glenn Plaskin, is, as you would guess from the cover, a heart-warming book about a dog…and the way she changes the life of her owner and everyone else on his hall. True story of Plaskin, who lives in Battery Park …who also witnesses 9-11, and the terrible aftermath for the people who lived on the tip of Manhattan. If you love dogs, you’ll like it.

I loved this book...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson. An amazing book( so good I read it twice), about a man who is in the autumn of his life in a small village in Great Britain…finding love so late in life, and standing up to prejudice. major Pettigrew  clings to traditional values and has tried (in vain) to pass these along to his
yuppie son, Roger. Oh, an ungrateful child.

Oh Anthony....

Medium Raw, a Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain. If you liked Kitchen Confidential, or are just a Bourdain fas, as am I…you’ll love this book about his life, what happened after Kitchen Confidential became a mega best seller, and what has happened to him since. Bourdain is his usual profane, hilarious, take no prisoners self…very  entertaining, and you’ll learn things about the food industry too… who he like and why… who he hates, and why. Entertaining, for sure.

If you like clothes....

Last, A Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff. A novel about a vintage clothing expert who abandons a career at Sotheby’s, to open a shop in London, selling only the finest vintage clothing(she don’t want your old Talbots jacket)…she is also reeling from an imploded engagement and the death of her best friend. Enter an elderly client with some amazing pieces she wants to, ummm, divest herself of….and quite a story behind them. Sweet, and a lovely read.

Ok, enough for today…movies tomorrow, ok?? And do you have any recent great reads to share?

2 Responses

  1. Donna:
    Two more enjoyable reads–The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (nonfiction), about the woman who was responsible for HeLa cells, which are the cells that almost all scientists use for their trials. Very good read. Also, Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. And, as an aside, I LOVED Discovery of Witches. Thanks for the other recommendations, I’m checkign them into my Nook today.


  2. Hi Donna,

    I agree with Eileen about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Cutting for Stone. Enjoyed both. I would like to suggest the new book from Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit. She has written Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption which recalls the real life story of Louie Zamperini. I couldn’t put it down and highly recommend it.

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