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Sandy’s Selections: Delightful December Reads

December is packed with all sorts of activities from shopping to parties, all the more reason you should take some time for yourself to relax and enjoy a good book. Fortunately, you have a great selection to choose from this month. From Michelle Obama’s memoirs to a new book from author of Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, there is something for every reading taste, non-fiction to thrillers. So pick up one these delightful new books, put your feet up with a beverage of your choice and savor the escape from the hustle and bustle that only a good book can offer. Happy holidays and happy reading!

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Autobiography | November 2018 #1 NYT Best Seller

Becoming by Michell ObamaBecoming is part of a $65 million joint book deal Michelle shares with Barak to write their post Presidential memoirs. Hearing Michelle tell her own story is even better than reading her words telling how she grew up to become a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. The five star audiobook is wonderful. Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
Barbara Bush: A Memoir

 

 

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty

Fiction | 2018  NYT Best Seller

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane MoriartyNine strangers sign up for a “Special 10 Day Mind and Body Package” at a remote health resort, each with their own complicated life stories and what they expect the spa will do for them. This is another wickedly smart psychological thriller from Liane Moriarty that is pure fun and entertainment. Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

 

 

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, by Karina Longwatch

Non-Fiction | November 2018

Seduction- Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood by Karina LongwatchSeduction probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s glamorous Golden Age through the stories of dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes. The millionaire’s obsession with sex, power, and publicity is revealed as Hughes abused young women who dreamt of screen stardom. Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
Howard Hughes : Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown
Howard Hughes: Life and Madness by Donald Barlett
Ava: A Life In Movies by Kendra Bean

 

 

Ladder to the Sky, By John Boyne

Fiction | November 2018

A Ladder to the Sky by John BoyneLadder to the Sky is a psychological thriller about a story-thief who collects, exploits and abandons his writing mentors. “I’ll do whatever it takes to succeed”…… including murder. Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The History of Loneliness by John Boyne

 

 

 

Heads You Win, by Jeffrey Archer

Fiction | November 2018 NYT Best Seller

Heads You Win by Jeffrey ArcherAn 18 year old escaping from Russia leaves the choice of his travel destination to the toss of a coin –one side is Britain, and the other is for America- creating two “what if stories” about one man. This well executed storyline spans 30 years culminating with a very surprising ending. Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
Jack Reacher Past Tense by Lee Child
The Reckoning by John Grisham

 

 

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas’s Masterpieceby Camille Laurens

Non-Fiction | November 2018

Add to Wishlist Little Dancer Aged Fourteen- The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece by Camille LaurensLittle Dancer is the story of Degas’s model for the 1880 Ballerina Sculpture, a young student of the Paris Opera Ballet, Marie van Goethem. Degas created a realistic picture of the miserable life of an “opera rat” with endless practice and nightly performances with little food or rest. Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

 

 

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari

Non-Fiction | September 2018

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a collection of essays about the greatest challenges and important choices of our world today. Research on artificial intelligence and robots shows the technology is rapidly evolving and will be part of our daily lives sooner rather than later! Buy it Here.

Readers Recommend:
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Factfulness by Hans Rosling

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