The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (release date July 17th) Pat met the author this week at Book Expo America and was very impressed. She also highly recommends two of his other novels:
The Double Bind an engaging mystery about a young social worker living in Vermont who becomes interested in the history of a deceased homless photographer.
Skeletons at the Feast a work of historical fiction that tells the story of Nazi regime through the eyes of an aristocratic Prussian family.
Me: Stories of My Life by Katherine Hepburn This wonderful memoir provides an inside look into the life of one of the most famous and iconic actresses of all time.
Then Again by Diane Keaton A personal and characterisitcally quirky autobiography from Woody Allen's most beloved muse, Diane Keaton. This memoir focuses not only on Ms. Keaton, her career, and her relationships with leading men, but also includes exerpts from her mother Dorothy's prolific journals and collages.
Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? : A Modern Guide to Manners by Henry Alford A laugh-out-laugh primer and history of social niceties. Alford travels around the world and meets with a diverse array of characters (a Japanese ettiquette coach, a former prison inmate, Miss Manners herself and many others) to dissect what constitutes "good manners" and investigate how modern society can benefit from The Golden Rule.
Daughter: A Novel by Asha Bandele Nineteen-year-old Aya, a young African-American woman is shot down by a New York City Police Officer in a case of mistaken identity. Her mother, Miram, a cold and emotional distant woman sits by her bedside thinking about the past, Aya's father, and the mistakes she has made as a result of her own personal tragedies. A poignant, sometimes dark, but ultimately hopeful story of loss, silence, and the bond between mother and daughter.