Abby has spent some time in YA Land and read the first two books in a series titled Matched by Ally Condie."Like some other current series, the books are set in a dystopian world where a strong young woman is fights back against a totalitarian regime. In this case, when a young adult turns 17, using various criteria the government "matches" them with the person they will marry at age 21. When Cassia learns of her match, she does the unthinkable which is to question if he is indeed the right match for her. Action, romance, and rebellion ensue. While I have enjoyed the series and will read book 3 when it is released, with so many YA dystopian trilogies out there, I hope the genre does not become a cliche."
Ann says, "The Affair by Alicia Clifford is an interesting story about adult children discovering secrets about their parents’ supposedly perfect marriage. The father Frederick was a military man who needed years of care by his wife Celia after he suffers a massive stroke. When he dies their mother's writing career takes off and she seems quite happy in her work. After she dies the family discovers secrets about their mother's childhood, affairs and missed opportunities. People are not always what they seem to be."
Barbara B. is currently reading Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill. "It offers an in-depth relationship between Jackie and her bodyguard. It also reveals a much warmer side to the former First Lady."
Barbara M. is reading Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of American Languages by Elizabeth Little. "It’s a non-linguists investigation of the numerous languages still spoke in the United States other than English. She searched for dying Native American languages and is now looking for the roots of Louisiana Creole. The book is casual in tone and very interesting."
I have just finished The Other Woman's House by Sophie Hannah. I picked up an ARC of her book after listening to her speak at PLA. This is my first time reading one of her novels and I must say that I was very intrigued. While doing a virtual tour of a house, Connie sees a dead woman's body on the screen. Strange yes, even stranger when her husband comes to investigate, the body has disappeared.
Jeanne has not finished an Adult book since last week, mostly children's and YA. "I am still working on Mark Haddon's, The Red House. It portrays the usual dysfunction and human frailties in coexisting, especially with family, but with Haddon's trademark astute, all-too-honest perception of love, anger, disappointment. A middle-aged brother and sister have recently lost their last parent, their mother, and the successful, newly remarried brother (beautiful new wife, unpredictable teenage stepdaughter) invites the dowdy sister and her family (unfaithful husband, two teenagers, one has newly found religion; and a young son) away for a weekend in the English countryside. Haddon, as usual, entertains us and moves the story along with a transparent, kind of startling look into what's on the character's minds."
Jen has just finished Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick. "Charlie Beale wanders into the town of Brownsburg, Virginia after serving his country in WWII. He arrives with a suitcase full of money and a suitcase full of knives. Because this is Robert Goolrick you just know that there are going to be some shenanigans and chances are quite good they will not be of the pleasant variety. I liked this, a whole lot more than his last one The Reliable Wife."
Marianne: "My book group just read and discussed Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. It is a provocative look at immigration from another view point; that of a Mexican person trying to get into our country. We love the descriptive parts of the story and found lots to talk about. But, overall we didn’t love the book."
Pat T. has just finished laughing her way through Ali in Wonderland by Ali Wentworth. "Ali takes us along for a hilarious ride as she reminisces about her WASP upbringing in Washington D.C., her rebellious teenage years and her roller coaster life in Hollywood. Throughout the good, bad and ugly times her mother always offered no nonsense advice with an elegant flare. After a run-in with Mexican gang members, Muffie (her mother) told her daughter to “go to the Four Seasons Hotel” and she did, for two weeks! These days she is married to George Stephanopoulous and the mother of two daughters and she still maintains a flare for a spirited and dramatic outlook on life"
Priscilla just finished Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story o f Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop that Could by Francis Park and Ginger Park. "What a little gem of a read! These two charming sisters, after the unexpected death of their father, take their inheritance and decide to set up a chocolate shop in Washington DC. The shop is still delighting folks with its decadent treats. You too will be delighted with their adventures. From the evil landlord, corrupt contractor, romances, customer friendships, family, and oh yes chocolate. Each chapter has a special chocolate title which is described within. Oh my!"