This week’s installment has marketing, missing siblings, agoraphobics and tom foolery,  the Amish and courtship rituals.

Let us begin!

Barbara M. says, “I’ve just finished Faith by Jennifer Haigh. It’s a tense drama about a priest accused of child molestation but even more it’s a story of complicated family dynamics. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down.  I’ve started reading Unthinking:  The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy by Harry Beckwith - a marketing expert’s theories about what really motivates the choices behind how we make decisions about what we buy.”


Pat T. is “in the middle of reading "Sister by Rosamund Lupton and I look forward to continuing the story each evening as I crawl into bed. Bee returns home to London when her younger sister Tess is reported missing. When her body is discovered the police rule the death a suicide. However, Bee knows her sister well enough to know that she would never have killed herself and she sets out to prove this. There is a good deal of intrigue, as well as the bond of sisterly love.”



Citizen Asha as usual has something unusual.  “I am reading Bed by David Whitehouse. An unnamed narrator describes life with his family. His older brother Malcolm has decided to never leave his bed ever again which is great, except now he weighs more than half a ton. His parents cope with it in different ways; his mother enables Malcolm’s tomfoolery while their father escapes to the attic for long periods of time. I’m thoroughly enjoying it. “




Marianne is working her way through, "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Jantzen.  "In her early 40s, the author found herself back in her parents' home, enveloped in a life of German folk songs, strudel, borscht, traditional handicrafts and pious religious beliefs." Jantzen manages to bring humor and honesty to her mid-life altering crises. I'm finding this to be a perfect late summer read. And it really is true you can always go home again."


I am in love Jeffrey Eugenides’ new book which is coming out in October.  The Marriage Plot looks at the lives and loves of three Brown graduates in the early 1980’s and asks the question, can a traditional love story thrive in the late 20th century?  Or have the rituals become obsolete in the face of the practicalities of modern courtship.  As always, Eugenides’ characters sing off the page and straight into your heart and mind.  Get excited.  This one is worth it.