Tikka Malloy was home in Australia, visiting her parents and older sister Laura. Laura doesn't want to talk about it, but Tikka can't help but think about the summer she was eleven years old, and their best friends the Van Apfel girls - Hannah, Ruth, and beautiful, rebellious Cordelia - mysteriously disappeared. Were they kidnapped by strangers? Murdered by their overly-attentive teacher? Did they run away from their harsh evangelical parents? Their disappearance was never solved, and twenty years later, Tikka still thinks she sees Cordelia behind every corner. This thriller was a wonderful slice of Australia, and unsettling in the very best way.
Roya was an idealistic teenager, and Bahman was young man with a passion for justice, and with a shared love for literature, they met at the village stationery shop during the tumultuous political upheaval of Iran in 1953. Their budding romance was both encouraged and accommodated by the kindly shopkeeper Mr. Fakhri, and the two fell almost instantly in love. They planned a meeting on the eve of their marriage - the same day the rumored coup erupted into violence, and Bahman never showed up. Heartbroken, Roya decided on a different path - a California education, marriage, and a life on the east coast - until a chance encounter sixty years later gives her the chance ask the question: Why didn't you come? This novel was lovely, and appealing to those who enjoyed The Kite Runner.
Karolina Hartwell is in big trouble. She was pulled over on a false drunk driving charge, and now she's estranged from her senator (and presidential hopeful) husband, kept from her beloved stepson, and exiled from the Beltway to Greenwhich as a pariah. Emily Charlton (last seen as Miranda Priestly's assistant in The Devil Wears Prada) is now a brilliant image consultant to the stars, but a sassy up-and-comer is stealing her clients, and Emily needs a comeback. Karolina's predicament is just the challenge she needs, and together with Karolina's best friend Miriam, former high-powered attorney but now a Greenwhich stay at home mom, and Miranda Priestly herself, Emily might just save Karolina's reputation as well as her own. This A Devil Wears Prada book is a super fun little summer read - and if you are a fan of the bookstore, you know that the Saturn booksellers are huge fans of the movie...
Tiffy needed to get out of both her relationship and her shared flat, like, yesterday, and desperation was making her open-minded, so Leon's proposed arrangement seemed perfect - he worked nights and spent every weekend with his girlfriend, leaving Tiffy the flat to herself after her day job. They could share a flat and never even see each other. The two only communicated through notes. But as the notes become less informative and more personal, and Leon breaks up with his girlfriend, the pair can't help but become intrigued with the flatmate on whom they've never laid eyes. This book was warm and funny - think Bridget Jones - and I very much enjoyed 'sharing' the flat with Tiffy and Leon.
One bright sunny London morning, Diana Cowper walked into a funeral parlor and planned her own funeral. Six hours later, she was found murdered - strangled in her London apartment.
Daniel Hawthorne is a disgraced former police detective, and he's determined to solve the case. And he wants celebrated writer Anthony Horowitz to tag along, record his brilliance, and write a book starring...Daniel Hawthorne.
I absolutely loved this book. The mystery itself is very good, but what's really clever are the characters. Hawthorne is serious and smart and truly annoying. And Horowitz is actually himself, written into his own mystery as a main character - so well, in fact, that I found myself wondering where his real life and his book separated. And equally good? His sequel, The Sentence is Death, which releases on Tuesday, May 28th.
Emmy and Bunty are doing their part for the war effort, but Emmy's dream is to become a Lady War Correspondent, so when she spots an advertisement for a newspaper job, she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the job isn't hard journalism, but typing letters for the uptight agony columnist Mrs. Bird. Any mail that is unpleasant or inappropriate is relegated to the trash, but the sometimes desperate letters tug at Emmy until she takes a leap and answers one on her own. This delightful historical fiction novel is charming and touching and funny all at once.
It's the summer of 1965, and Helen Gurley Brown is poised to resurrect the failing Cosmopolitan magazine. She quickly realizes that she's actually been set up to fail - but that won't happen if her new secretary Alice Weiss, a plucky aspiring photographer, has anything to say about it. HGB is the star of every room, but this is actually Alice's story, set against the dual backdrop of glamorous Park Avenue and the burgeoning women's rights movement. And you'll cheer Ali on as she navigates it all to have to become a true Cosmo Girl.
This book is like an armchair trip to the Deep South, y'all. The "Southern Lady Code" is the term for the technique by which, if you don't have something nice to say, you say something not so nice in a nice way. My best girlfriend from the south's example is the ubiquitous, "Bless your heart!" which she uses near constantly. Helen Ellis has taken this lesson and many others to compile these essays on topics ranging from how to stay happily married to a GRITS (Girl Raised in the South) to the definition of a Southern Effeminate Man (and why they should be your best friends), and they're all hysterically funny. This refreshing book is like cold sweet tea on a breezy front porch. I loved it.
Martha Storm couldn't say 'no' to anyone, and the state of her house proved it. It was an inheritance from her parents, and took on the feel of a hoarder's home, filled with unfinished projects that the town dumped on her. Martha was too downtrodden to even fight for pay for the librarian's position at which she'd worked as an energetic and competent volunteer, until the day a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep, inscribed with a dedication to her by her long-dead grandmother. The tales are familiar ones - Martha had made them up herself - but it wasn't until she discovers a clue leading her to believe that her grandmother is still alive that she began to control her own life. The ending of this novel was a bit neat, but Patrick's writing. setting, and characters are charming.
The Lee family bakes gingerbread. Their family has done so for generations, but this isn't your grandma's gingerbread. It provokes strong feelings of loving or loathing, but the person who loved it most was Harriet Lee's best friend Gretel, who greatly influenced every event - good and bad - in Harriet's life. This quirky and sweeping family drama is a riff on the prevalent gingerbread theme in fairy tales, and was really, really interestingly done.