Sandy Dominy is what we’d call a “professional reader,” and she will be sharing her book recommendations with us each month. Enjoy!
The Best Picture Academy Award winner of 2017 was released in book version two days after the awards ceremony.
Shape of Water is a romantic drama filled with fantasy elements. It’s a story of a Sea God (modeled after the “Creature from the Black Lagoon”) who is captured in the Amazon River and then studied to discover its secrets powers. Whether or not one has already seen the movie, it is a lovely surprise and a very fast read. Read reviews here.
The “top fifty” books recommended in The Leader’s Bookshelf were chosen by 200 Four-Star military leaders. They are the titles that strongly influenced their leadership skills and provided special insights. The 50-chapter summaries help the reader determine which books are personally the most relevant and/or appealing. It is a tremendous resource for any leader, whether in family life, organizations, or professionally. Read reviews here.
2018, Science Fiction
Author of Sci-Fi, The Martian novel and film
Artemis is an exciting action-adventure sci-fi story set on a lunar colony several decades in the future. The heroine is a 26-year-old desperate to become rich, so she gets involved in a complicated heist. This fast moving, fun book will give you a look at the economy and sociology of a functional moon colony might be like, including how to cope with crime, new currency and the colony’s politics. Very imaginable! Read reviews here.
The Female Persuasion is a timely novel about feminism, female power, and mentorship. Much has changed in the feminist movement for all women. The book observes (and comments on) these changes. The author has an easy, engrossing style and pays attention to details that seamlessly connect all the dots in the book’s four major story lines. A great story of the influence a female mentor can be on a mentee. Read reviews here.
2018, Psychological Thriller
The Wife Between Us is about truth in a marriage. There is the husband’s truth, the wife’s truth and also the real truth. What we think we see and what is happening can be very different. This is a fiendishly clever romantic thriller that keeps the reader guessing. Unforgettable twists lead to shocking revelations throughout, including the epilogue. Best of all, Steven Spielberg has optioned the book, so we can look forward to the movie! Read reviews here.
In Paris by the Book, a mother from Wisconsin travels to Paris with her two daughters in search of her eccentric husband, a novelist. He has vanished but leaves enough clues to suggest he is in Paris. Is he hiding from his family or searching for them? Is he alive in Paris? Did he die in a tragic boating accident? The mystery about the husband’s fate makes this a page turner, but the real story lies in the mother’s rediscovery of herself. Read reviews here.
In I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, British author Maggie O’Farrell weaves a stunning collection of stories about her near-death experiences. There are 17 encounters at different ages and different locations: a near-drowning, close calls during surgeries, confronting a murderer on a deserted hiking trail, dysentery, meningitis, a plummeting plane. We meet O’Farrell as a daughter, a student, an office worker, a wife and a traveler. The snapshots reveal a thoughtful, determined woman who remains resilient despite frequent traumas. It is not the conventional memoir, but it is one the reader won’t soon forget. Read reviews here.
See Sandy’s recommendations from March here.