Diane Y: House by the Sea by Bunny Williams. “Bunny’s newest book, A House By The Sea is written in collaboration with friends and colleagues that have stayed at her Punta Cana villa LaColina. Bunny and her husband, John Rosselli, an antiques collector and New York shop owner, have built a villa filled with his vast collection of antiques and accessories. The book features chapters where guests chronicled their visits and share insights on the architecture and interior decorating of the villa. The photography by Francesco Lagnese is stunning, with many close shots of the gardens, rooms and collections that this couple has collected for this magnificent villa. Bunny Williams has also written several of the chapters defining her process of completing every detail of the villa so that their guest will immediately feel welcome.”
Barbara M: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. “I’ve just started reading this debut novel. Neni and Jende Jonga are immigrants from Cameroon looking for a better life for themselves and their son. While his green card status is pending Jende gets a job as a chauffeur working for Clark Edwards, an executive at Lehman Brothers, and his family. Neni works as a home health aide while attending community college with the hopes of eventually becoming a pharmacist.
Mbue has a lovely style of writing, a good ear for dialect and makes her characters endearing. I’m hoping the rest of the novel is as good as the beginning.”
Ann: Nutshell by Ian McEwan. “I am a big fan of Mr. McEwan's and Nutshell, his newest, did not disappoint. His premise is interesting, the nine month old fetus tells the story of his mother Trudy, her estranged husband, John, who is his father, and her lover, Claude who just happens to be John's brother. The fetus is aware of things in the world because of podcasts and self- help tapes Trudy listens to, as well as gourmet wines that his mother although pregnant quite enjoys. I felt myself getting an education on wines and world events from someone not even born yet. The fetus also discovers through careful listening that his mother and Claude are planning to do away with John. This makes for quite an interesting plot with a number of twists and turns that have the fetus and the reader anxious to see what will happen next. I found the story to be a quick read and quite entertaining.”
Kaitlin: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. “Oh MAN. I have about 30 pages left of In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware, and it's taking everything in my power to not throw work aside to finish it. It's certainly not the most beautifully written story, but it's a thriller that has been keeping me up reading instead of sleeping the last few nights. Nora is single, 26, and still harboring a major hatred for her ex-boyfriend...from 10 years ago. She receives an invite to her former high school friend Clare's bachelorette party, a weekend in a strange, glass-walled cabin out in the middle of nowhere. On a whim, she accepts the invitation, and is stuck in the woods with the bride-to-be and her odd cast of new and old friends. The weekend is just plain awkward and uncomfortable, until something really, really awful happens. Nora wakes up in a hospital, alone, covered in blood, and tries to figure out what happened in the woods. It takes a little while to get there, but the second half of the book totally has me freaked out. I'd say it's a good read for those who are looking for something similar to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. “