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Sandy’s Selections: April’s Must-Read Books

The Island of Sea WomenThe Island of Sea Women by Lisa See | Historical Fiction | NYT Best Seller

The Island of Sea Women tells the story of a feminist utopia on Jeju, a Korean Island, where for centuries, all-female diving groups have harvested seafood for their families and markets. This story celebrates women’s strengths and the strengths of friendship reminding us how powerful women can and must be to survive.

Readers Recommend:
China Dolls by Lisa See
Saigon by Anthony Grey
Garden of the Evening Mist by Tan Twan Eng

Invisible Women by Caroline PerezInvisible Women: Data Bias in a world Designed for Men by Caroline Perez | Non-Fiction

Invisible Women exposes how a gender gap in data perpetuates bias and disadvantages women. Most product designers use a “one-size-fits-all” approach that is designed to fit men. Women pay tremendous cost for this bias in time, money and often with their lives. The research in this book will change the way you look at the world. Share this data with others!

Readers Recommend:
Down Girl: Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne
Women and Power by Mary Beard
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

The Real Wallis Simpson by Anne Pasternak Biography

The Real Wallis Simpson provides a different story of King Edward’s abdication; that Wallis was the victim not the villain. New information from previously unseen letters, diaries and Simpson’s own memoirs, redeems the woman wronged by history in this fascinating Royal tell-all.

Readers Recommend:
That Woman by Anne Sebba
17 Carnations by Andrew Morton
The Last of the Duchess by Caroline Blackwood

The Cook by Maylis de KerangalThe Cook by Maylis de Kerangal | Fiction

The Cook is a lyrical, enchanting read about haute cuisine and the life of a French chef, his hunger for cooking and his appetite for life. The writing flows beautifully and engages the reader’s interest before moving on to a new restaurant, a new city and a new stage in life.

Readers Recommend:
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal
The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
Birth of a Bridge by Maylis de Kerangal

If Then by Kate Hope DayIf, Then by Kate Hope Day | Fiction/ Fantasy

If, Then explores the theory that parallel worlds actually exist, that with every decision made, alternative choices lead to different lives. This thought-provoking story, written in beautiful prose, inspires us to envision the infinite possibilities for our lives. TV rights are sold to HBO.

Readers Recommend:
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhart
House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler
Watching You by Lisa Jewell

My Lovely Wife by Samantha DowningMy Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing | Psycho/Drama

My Lovely Wife creates an eerie atmosphere from the first page and the tension is carried on throughout. A beautiful married couple has committed murder and gotten away with it. The plot is brilliantly unique and so scandalous you will need to talk about it! Truly horrifying!

Readers Recommend:
Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

What the Wind Knows by Amy HaromWhat the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon | Historical Fiction

What the Wind Knows is an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages and time traveling between present day and war torn Ireland in 1921. The story is woven around historical events and the Irish patriots—a book that will haunt you for a long time.

Readers Recommend:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

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