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!
From Queen Elizabeth’s 23 healthy lifestyle choices, historical fiction about Agatha Christie, a memoir by Jacqueline Winspear, a legal thriller by Michael Connelly, new short fiction by Nicole Kraus, and the humor of David Sedaris in “The Best of Me,” there is something for every reading taste.
Long Live the Queen takes a fresh and fascinating look at how Queen Elizabeth II has stayed healthy and vital over her nearly 70 years on the throne. The author identifies 23 lifestyle choices that contribute to her longevity, and each chapter digs into why the “rules” work.
This book will be embraced by her majesty’s admirers, as well as by readers hoping to pick up some tips for living a long and rewarding life.
Mrs. Agatha Christie was in the midst of a divorce when she disappeared for 11 days in 1926 and no one knows what really happened. The premise in The Mystery of Mrs. Christie is that she deliberately vanishes to ensnare her husband in a trap as payback for his infidelities. Agatha forces the husband to follow her instructions to the letter in order to escape prosecution.
This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing is the story of a childhood in the English countryside, of a working-class family with family secrets, artistic inspirations, and the price of memory. Winspear has written 16 mysteries, and for the first time, this book reveals the hardships and joys of her family history. The memoir captures her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer. The writing is lovely and elegant, rich in character, detail, and history.
The Law of Innocence is a twisty legal thriller with an attorney who must defend himself against murder charges. Somebody framed him, plotting to destroy his life. He must figure out who really committed the murder and why to be completely exonerated. Then he has to go before a judge and jury and prove his innocence. This author has the remarkable ability to write courtroom scenes, looking at the personal motives driving all the players (including the judge), making him a master storyteller.
The stories in To Be A Man feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children, seducers, and husbands. This is a collection of ten globetrotting stories, each one a powerful dissection of the thorny connections between men and women. Each story struggles to understand what it is to be a man, what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the beginning of time. Every story is carefully crafted and deeply contemplative, leaving the reader with questions that linger long after the final pages.
The Best Of Me offers a chance to view the development of David Sedaris into one of the great American humorists. It is a retrospective over the last 25 years, of 46 previously published essays in the New Yorker, beginning in 1995, and stories from nine earlier books. Several stories highlight how much his family means to him. Sedaris also expresses surprise and gratitude for his good fortune and his extraordinary accomplishments in his more serious moments.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you get a free Prime Read each month. Right now, our favorite is this Amazon Charts Bestseller: The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda.
Autobiography | November 2018 #1 NYT Best Seller
Becoming 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.
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
Barbara Bush: A Memoir
Fiction | 2018 NYT Best Seller
Nine 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.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Non-Fiction | November 2018
Seduction 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.
Howard Hughes : Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown
Howard Hughes: Life and Madness by Donald Barlett
Ava: A Life In Movies by Kendra Bean
Fiction | November 2018
Ladder 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.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The History of Loneliness by John Boyne
Fiction | November 2018 NYT Best Seller
An 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.
Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
Jack Reacher Past Tense by Lee Child
The Reckoning by John Grisham
Non-Fiction | November 2018
Little 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.
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Non-Fiction | September 2018
21 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.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you get a free Prime Read each month. Right now, our favorite is the suspenseful thriller Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score.
Sandy’s Selections: New Books to Read in September
Sandy’s Book Selections For August
Books by Women Authors that All Women Should Read