I’m a little late for my Fall edition of book suggestions, though technically the fall season doesn’t end until December 21st! Here are some recommendations – and be sure to check out our Event with Elizabeth Berg in our “Evening with An Author Series”!
by Elizabeth Berg
I was first introduced to Elizabeth Berg when we chose her book, Open House (an Oprah pick!) for book club back in 2000. We all enjoyed her style of writing – easy and almost comforting. “Night of Miracles” is the sequel to “The Story of Arthur Truluv”, although it can be read as a stand-alone book. It picks up on the characters who live in the small town of Mason, Missouri and focuses on Lucille and her baking class adventures and also introduces an eclectic group of new characters. Elizabeth’s latest book, “The Confession Club” and sequel to this will be featured at our next Author’s Event!
If you liked her book “Open House” you’ll love this!
by Mary Beth Keane
In her third novel, Mary Beth Keane introduces a tale of two families living on the outskirts of New York City, and is spread over the course of several decades. The Gleesons and the Stanhopes aren’t just neighbors. Francis and Brian are NYPD coworkers. Francis’ wife Lena is doing her best to make friends with Brian’s wife Anne, to no avail. This book explores relationships with the two families, and how one members mental illness affects everyone in the dramatic conclusion of this novel. I couldn’t put this down – be prepared to whip through it!
If you liked Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere” you’ll love this!
by Jennifer Weiner
Was so looking forward to reading this long awaited book by Jennifer Weiner and it did not disappoint. She introduces us to two sisters’ lives as they struggle to find their places – and be true to themselves – in a rapidly evolving world. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. This book is both funny and emotional and really makes you question what role a woman plays in the world.
If you liked her novel “In Her Shoes” you’ll love this!
by Hank Phillippi Ryan
This is now my favorite Hank Phillippi Ryan book! Right from the start I was drawn in by the story of law student Rachel North, her husband – Jack Kirkland, and her boss – Martha Gardiner. When Rachel takes an internship with her husband’s adversary Martha, the tension created is suspenseful and the plot thickens as 3 different story lines all converge at the surprising plot twist at the end!
If you liked her book “The Other Woman” you’ll love this!
by Richard Russo
I haven’t read this book yet, next on my list, but it was recommended to me by the delightful Karen at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich MA. It’s the story of three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. An unsolved case of a missing woman that they all had a relationship with in the past is brought to a head during this last hurrah weekend on the island. Looking forward to reading this critically acclaimed book!
If you liked his book “Empire Falls” you’ll love this!
I hope these suggestions encourage you to grab a book, relax and let the story take you to another place! If you have any book suggestions, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected].