August is here and Sandy is sharing with us her recommendations for great books to read. Grab a cup of tea, coffee (or wine) and curl up in a comfortable spot with one of these just released selections.
The Other Woman by Daniel Silva
2018, #1 NYT Best Fiction
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
2018, NYT Best Fiction
Clock Dance follows a woman from childhood through middle age as she is “figuring out what to live for” then realizes she has spent half her life apologizing while the world has passed her by. The comfortable writing style carefully develops each character and interlaces a heartfelt story into a life-changing conclusion. Read reviews here.
Sex Matters by Mona Charen
Sex Matters delivers a critique of modern feminism. Each chapter focuses on a different issue plaguing women today – wage gaps, abortion, the hook-up culture and the new debate over transgenderism. The author provides evidence to support traditional gender roles and asserts that sex differences are real and there is a price to pay when one denies that fact. Read reviews here.
Robin by Dave Itzkoff
2018, Biography Robin Williams
Robin is a vivid portrait of the comic actor Robin Williams, written in a style that is both perceptive and fascinating to follow. Detailed information surrounding the 2014 suicide of Williams at 63 reveals Lewy Body Disease discovered in the autopsy of the brain caused hallucinations and had never been diagnosed. A tragic loss of a great talent. Read reviews here.
Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
2018, Historical Fiction
Lost Vintage balances the history of the Burgundy wine region with the drama of a family mystery, plus adding a perfect dose of love story. The lost vintage is six valuable bottles of wine that are missing from the cellar’s secret cave. A dual time line of the present day and the 1940s during World War II is intertwined, and the book’s ending should satisfy everyone. Read reviews here.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Tin Man, a very slim novel that takes place in the English countryside and southern France, is a beautiful story about love, friendship and understanding. The book alternates perspectives of the two primary characters. Half the book is told by one protagonist and second half by the other. The first character provides the epilogue. Tin Man is a quick read but incredibly moving. Read reviews here.
Calypso by David Sedaris
2018, #1 Non-Fiction Best Seller List
Calypso is a memoir filled with hilarious, laugh-out-loud tales about moving into middle age and realizing there is more of your life behind than in front of you. The family stories about three sisters, a brother and a 92-year-old father provide endless comedy. Listening to the audio book is highly recommended because the author is the reader. Read reviews here.
There you have a few of the best new books to read to round out your summer. Enjoy!