Lois Clary was working at her ‘dream job’ as a software engineer in San Francisco, but she was a long way from her blue-collar Michigan roots. And the dream job meant twenty hour days, an overpriced cramped apartment, little social life, and nutritive gel meals. Hungry for more, on a whim she ordered takeout delivered from a brand new business in her neighborhood, and found the two brothers’ soup and bread were restorative beyond mere food. And when the brothers are forced to move - and fast - they make one last delivery - that of their almost magical sourdough starter with the instructions for feed and care for it. Soon, Lois is not only baking bread for herself but for her company’s cafeteria - and then for a shadowy underground market that isn’t sure it wants her as a member. This delightful story is truly redemption through bread. I very much enjoyed it, but will warn you not to be alarmed by its cover. The first night I read it, I was awakened by a weird glow from my nightstand. Turns out it glows in the dark...
Joan Ashby always knew she wanted to be a writer - she showed a gift at an early age, and vowed to not let love, marriage, or children get in the way of her craft. Her first works met critical acclaim, and then she fell in love - despite herself. And then she became unexpectedly pregnant. And then she decided to sacrifice her burgeoning career to raise her two sons. But it takes decades to finish her masterpiece novel and on the cusp of that, a huge betrayal causes her to question all of her choices. This lovely book was a definite time commitment at over five hundred pages, but very well-worth taking the time to savor. Our Macmillian rep Melissa (a very intelligent reader) recently mentioned that it was one of her favorite books of the fall, too....
Aviva Grossman was thrilled to intern for a popular and charismatic Florida congressman. Until she fell in love with him. Until his wife found out. Until news of the affair spread through the news. The congressman's constituency forgave him, but Aviva is adrift - literally - in her parent's pool, rereading childhood favorites and unable to get a job. After all, even thought the scandal has died down, a Google search before an interview reminds everyone she's 'That Girl.' Told through the voices of Aviva's mother, the congressman's wife, Jane Young, her daughter Ruby, and Aviva herself, this beautifully written novel has a clever "Choose Your Own Adventure" and truly illustrates the adage wherever you go, there you are.
Karen Krupp would never have left the house without her purse and cell phone, in the middle of dinner preparations, leaving the door unlocked. She would never be in 'that' neighborhood. And she certainly would never kill a man. Or so her husband Tom thinks, until a police officer came to the door to say that Karen has recklessly driven her car into a utility pole while fleeing from an abandoned restaurant where a man was shot and a severe concussion renders her unable to remember anything about that night. Now Karen is under investigation, and Tom is becoming less and less sure about the woman he thinks he knows - especially since she keeps on insisting that someone has been in their house... This thriller by the author of The Couple Next Door is fast-moving, just the right level of psychological creepiness, and has a terrific couple of plot twists.
This charming ‘comedy of manners’ begins as Mr. Jha—who has sold his successful business and is now newly wealthy beyond his dreams—decides that he and Mrs. Jha need to move from the comfortable middle-class neighborhood in which they’ve lived for thirty years to the super-rich side of town. The move isn’t as simple as all that, however, and starts a chain of events that veer into all kinds of unexpected directions, both poignant and hilarious.
The Jha’s story—and that of their friends, neighbors, and son—is irresistible.
Lucy Stone was uncharacteristically depressed all winter, ever since her only grandson moved to Alaska from Tinker's Cove, Maine. Her friends and family were terribly worried about her, so when her friend Sue proposed a springtime trip to England and the promise of luxurious stay in an old country manor, Lucy packed her bags and hoped a change of scenery would help. Instead of a leisurely vacation among the gardens, however, Lucy soon stumbled (as she always does) onto two dead bodies and a host of people who are not what they seem. I've been on a cozy mystery kick this week, and this latest installment in the Lucy Stone series was a quick, fun read for my back deck yesterday.
Agatha Christie disappeared for ten days in 1926, and never - at least publicly - offered any explanation. It remains a mystery, so the premise of this new book is certainly an interesting one. Author Wilson fills in that week and a half with another mystery, wherein Mrs. Christie is blackmailed by a mysterious stranger who demands not money, but for her to kill his wife. After all, who better to commit the perfect murder than the Queen of Crime herself? I found the storyline a bit far fetched, but it certainly was a fun idea and I very much enjoyed the mix of fact and fiction throughout the twisty story.
Morgan isn't particularly happy to be doing community service at the retirement home where she painted graffiti, but when resident Elizabeth Livingstone learns of her artistic talent, she becomes intrigued with the orphaned teenager and enlists her help.
Elizabeth can no longer see well enough to read or enjoy the art she has always loved. Her brother Charlie's boat washed up on shore without him, but containing diaries from their father - a lighthouse keeper - that hold the answers to Elizabeth and her twin sister Emily's relationship and their childhood on a remote Lake Superior island. Morgan and Elizabeth form an unlikely friendship as secrets from the past unravel, and they discover a bond neither expected. This dual-time narrative was a page-turner.
Helena spent a lot of years trying to overcome her past and live a normal life with her husband and two daughters. Her mother was kidnapped and held captive in a cabin in an Upper Peninsula swamp for years, and that's where Helena grew up, too - and she never knew that the rugged life with her adored father was unusual until after they were rescued when she was twelve. But her father has killed two prison guards to escape his life sentence, and the only one who can bring him back to justice is Helena herself - before he threatens her beloved family. This thriller was a page-turner and is getting lots of national buzz. Join us when Karen Dionne visits the bookstore on August 9th! Click here for more details...
This beautifully written group of short stories attempts to make sense of the senseless - of the rituals, choices, and gestures that we make both publicly and privately. Set mostly in Michigan, each story is of a very different experience, but a human need for ritual ties them together, whether it's a son at a chili cook-off looking for the reason for his dad's disappearance, or a child's first seizure. I love Schuitema's writing, and I'm looking forward to his visit to the bookstore on July 8th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Click here for more information.
Just as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket seem the same only to outsiders, identical twins Harper and Tabitha Frost only looked alike. Harper was her father's daughter - free-spirited, drifting, always at the center of drama. Tabitha followed in her mother's dignified footsteps - upright and refined, but with questionable parenting skills. They've been estranged for years, until the summer their father dies and Tabitha's teenage daughter stages full-out rebellion, and only trading islands - and lives - can help reunite the once close sisters. Elin Hilderbrand's books just bring to life all of my favorite things about summer and her latest nook is no exception. It was like taking a little vacation.