Sandy’s Selections: Great New Books to Read in September

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This month brings us a wide selection of new, great books to read from some talented writers. Among those featured you’ll find fiction, nonfiction and memoirs, so hopefully there is something for everyone.

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

2018, Fiction

The Summer WivesThe Summer Wives is a story of love, class, power and redemption set on an island off the New England coast. The summer of 1951 is filled with Illicit affairs, a murder, unrequited love, a death bed confession, swimming, boating, sailing and copious amounts of gin. Vivid descriptions transport the reader into the world of the rich and famous and provide them with the opportunity to love the characters. A great beach read! Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Incendiaries: A Novel  by R.O. Kwon
Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams


Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom

2018, Nonfiction/Memoir of Self Discovery

Alone TimeAlone Time is a companion guide for the solo traveler that covers Paris, Florence, Istanbul and New York. It’s a relaxing read, mixing disparate cultures as it touches on literature, architecture, science, food and religion. Interspersed throughout are detailed comments discussing solitude, happiness and creativity. A magnificent book both to read and to gift. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, London by Lauren Elkins
Paris All On Your Own by Eleanor Brown
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman


My 25 Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle

2018, Memoir

My Twenty-Five Years in ProvenceMy 25 Years in Provence is a collection of essays published posthumously. The author reminisces with joy and humor about lessons learned, uncovered culinary delights and how much things have changed over the years. It’s a short memoir that encourages readers to explore the French countryside and gain a better understanding of both the people and culture of Provence. A wonderful final memoir from Peter Mayle. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
Uncorked: My Year in Provence by Paul Shore


Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

2018, Fiction

GhostedGhosted is a story that digs deeper and with a twist into the emotional side of our lives. A woman is being “ghosted” by her lover. The story is “why” her lover would ghost her, cutting off all attempts at contact by phone and social media. The book is a family drama that reminds us of the role of fate in our lives as well as our ability to forgive and forget. Definitely recommended reading, if only because of the really shocking blindsides. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison


The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

2018, Fiction

The Word Is MurderThe Word Is Murder is a “British-brilliant,” well-written crime novel modeled after the Sherlock Holmes murder-mystery series. A wealthy woman plans her own funeral in the morning and is killed by 7 o’clock that evening. The plot is highly entertaining and original, narrated by the book’s author – like an out-of-body Agatha Christie moment with an added dash of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. This is the first of what will be a series of crime novels by Anthony Horowitz with Daniel Hawthorne. Look forward to the next installment! Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
The Punishments She Deserves by Elizabeth George
Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Winner of 2018 Man Booker International Prize, Fiction

FlightsFlights is a novel of linked story fragments about travel spanning from the 17th century to the present day. The author sees the globe-trotter as an individual on a quest to better understand a true experience. More than just a guide, it is actually an index to living, linking the idea of movement through space and through time. The author is considered one of Europe’s most imaginative writers. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Exit West: A Novel  by Mohsin Hamid
Frankenstein in Bagdad by Ahmed Saadaivi
The World Goes On by Laszlo Kransznahorkai


Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

2018, Nonfiction

DopesickDopesick charts the devastating opioid crisis in America, a 20-year-old struggle with opioid addiction that works its way into all socio-economic levels, races and ethnicities. The author’s forceful and comprehensive overview clarifies the scale and complexity of the crisis.

This is a national emergency that everyone knows about but very few understand. Read reviews here.

Readers recommend:
Cherry by Nico Walker
Pain Killer: Empire of Deceit by Barry Meier
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

I hope you find more than one of these suggestions to your liking. Even though summer is drawing to a close, you can still take a trip of discovery and adventure when you curl up with one of these great books to read. Let us know what’s on your nightstand in your Facebook comments.

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