Books of All Genres Offer Appeal
The pipeline is getting backed up because I've been reading more books than I've had space to write about. Here are a few that are worth a look.
Those We Love Most
By Lee Woodruff
This compelling story reels the reader in from the get-go. Told from the perspective of Margaret, her husband, Roger, and their daughter, Maura, as the family is dealing with one issue after another.
For Margaret, it's whether her marriage will survive Roger's affair (he doesn't know that she knows); for Roger, it's trying to learn how to make his way as the "old guy" at work and finding a new identity (and deciding if his marriage is worth fighting for); and for Maura and her husband, Pete, it's dealing with more than one loss.
Every word of this book is a treat.
The Inn at Rose Harbor
By Debbie Macomber
Well, it's Debbie Macomber, so everyone expects a good story. This one is no exception. Jo Marie Rose buys a bed-and-breakfast in Cedar Cove after the death of her husband. She hasn't even had time to settle in when she has two guests, both of whom seem to be visiting Cedar Cove under duress.
Abby Kincaid is home to attend her brother's wedding. She has avoided Cedar Cove since leaving for college. After the death of her best friend in a car accident (Abby was the driver, although not at fault), she has isolated herself.
Josh Weaver has returned because his stepfather is dying. Although they have always had a strained relationship since Josh's mother died when he was a teenager, Josh feels somewhat compelled to see Richard.
In true Debbie Macomber fashion, everything seems to work out OK.
By the way, the Hallmark Channel has recently announced that they are making a series based on Macomber's Cedar Cove novels.
By Steven Raichlen
Claire Doheney house-sits for a friend on Chappaquiddick Island off Martha's Vineyard as she recovers from an illness. While there she plans to work on her biography of a psychotherapist.
When Claire meets the man the locals call The Hermit, she makes a connection with him via food and cooking, which leads to something more. Can this relationship withstand the secret that is going to come out?
Good read from first page to last.
A Cupboard Full of Coats
By Yvvette Edwards
Jinx has always believed that she was responsible in some way for her mother's murder. Although she has tried to move on with her life by marrying, working and having a son, she has never been able to be happy. Her husband has left her, taking their son, and Jinx cannot even bring herself to care. An old family friend, Lemon, who knew her mother, comes to the down one night to tell Jinx the real story of what happened with her mother. This is the kind of book that is difficult to put down even though you know it's not going to be a happy story.
The Great Northern Express
A Writer's Journey Home
By Howard Frank Mosher
Mosher chronicles his experiences as he drives to book signings or readings in more than 100 cities across the country - in his 20-year-old Chevy, which he calls the "Loser Cruiser."
Along the way Mosher had the chance to do a lot of thinking and remembering about his life as well as having new experiences to write about.
As with his fiction, Mosher's storytelling is stellar.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
By Alexandra Fuller
If you've read "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight," you'll enjoy returning to Africa to get the full story of the life of the author's mother, Nicola, her marriage to Tim Fuller and their experiences as they move around the continent.
Fuller paints a wonderful picture of life in Africa during that time.
The Aleppo Codex
A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
By Matti Friedman
Friedman offers a fascinating tale that is a combination history-mystery. I had never heard of the Aleppo Codex, which is a copy of the Hebrew Bible written one thousand years ago.
Friedman, a religion reporter, researched and wrote an article about the Codex, but later found that the official history of the Codex was wrong. After a four-year-journey, covering three continents, he discovered a mystery in the mystery.
Out of My League
A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs
By Dirk Hayhurst
Baseball fans will particularly enjoy Dirk Hayhurst's story of his first year in the majors. It's not a tell-all about his teammates, but a behind-the-scenes look at life in Major League Baseball and how difficult it is for minor league players in terms of everyday logistics.
Durham Bulls fans will recall that Hayhurst pitched with the Tampa Bay Triple A team last year.
Hayhurst is also the author of "The Bullpen Gospels."
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