We can’t help falling in love with all the new books coming out this month. You can expect great things from bestselling authors like Jojo Moyes, John Grisham, and Nelson Demille. But you also won’t want to miss out on some newcomers to the adult literary field like Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and the memoir Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur.
Don’t forget that we love to talk about books. If you are unsure of what to read or want recommendations on the hottest new titles, stop by the Library and ask one of our Reader Advisors to help connect you with your next favorite read.
Now on to the reviews...
I am so excited to tell you about The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. It was released in September, and it became an instant New York Times bestseller. The novel is set during the Cold War. It tracks the stories of many different characters from Washington DC to Russia. It is a love story, a historical account of a perilous turning point in our nation’s history, and a page-turning spy thriller all wrapped into one. Plus, we will be welcoming Lara Prescott as our next Novel Tea Fundraiser author! Save the date for March 25, 2020 at Wee Burn Country Club.
Referred to as the “Joy of Cooking for the Instagram generation” Canal House: Cook Something is a deliciously penned book by home cooks Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer. This beautifully illustrated cookbook provides foundational recipes, for both beginners and pros, all designed to build confidence in the kitchen. Chapters are devoted to essential ingredients, beginning with eggs and moving on to meats and vegetables, and of course “sweeties” at the end. Each basic recipe is accompanied by photographs that illustrate step-by-step techniques from the simple (how to properly clean lettuce) to the more advanced (how to make soufflés as light as air). This book is both a joy to use, a pleasure to browse, and it will indeed inspire you to “Cook Something!”
Lisa Kleypas' Devil's Daughter is a step above a traditional historical romance novel. It is smart, witty, and the storyline is well researched and has surprising depth. The book follows Phoebe (Lady Clare), in 1877 England. Her love story with her childhood sweetheart has come to an end with his death two years prior. She now has to rejoin society as she comes out of mourning. At her first outing, she encounters, West Ravenel, a man that sets her aflame with his wit and good looks. Unfortunately, she learns that West is the bully that tormented her husband in his school days. Right from the first chapter, there is instant conflict and emotionally compelling complications served up to grab your attention.
Lady Clare is unlike the traditional female leads en vogue at the moment in historical romance. She isn’t fiery-tempered, strong headed, or out to change the world. Instead, she’s a grieving widow and devoted mother whose strength is a voice that stands out amongst the firebrand heroines you’ll find in most recent romance novels. But what I adored most about the book was that I've finally found a romantic hero I can admire. Kleypas’ does a remarkable job of capturing our hero’s struggles to accept that he has become a good and decent man. These ingredients create a tale that you cannot put down.
"Maiden" is the inspiring true story of how Tracy Edwards and her all female sailing crew entered the Whitbread Around the World Race in 1989 and shocked the male-dominated racing world, proving that women are very much equal to men. If you are looking for a movie that will help instill the desire to break gender expectations then look no further. From beginning to end Maiden keeps you enthralled and biting your nails over the outcome of the race. Maiden is a movie worthy of your time.
During the fall months, I love to pull out Carolyne Roehm’s book, Presentations. This is my go-to guide for inspiration around the holidays, especially for her gift wrapping ideas. In my opinion, there is nothing better than giving and receiving a beautifully presented gift.
The book is arranged by seasons and it definitely has a focus on holidays. Roehm has such impeccable taste and creativity. Any of her wrapping ideas can be recreated on many different levels. Ribbons, artificial flowers, fruit, even items found in our backyards are incorporated in her ideas. She elevates the simple act of gift presentation to an art form.
Don’t forget to check out her “Resources” section in the back of the book. Whether wrapping gifts or looking for table decorations her resource list is indispensable.
Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton is a spine-tingling short-story collection where a young man named Jack finds himself part of a most unusual storytelling circle. When Jack opens a door to find 12 strangers sitting around a table, a lit candle in front of each of them, his natural curiosity gets the best of him and he joins the group. Over the course of the evening, each person at the table tells a frightening story, and Jack comes to a gradual realization about his new acquaintances that will strike terror into the reader’s hearts. The breadth and scope of the scary stories is impressive – readers are treated to traditional jump tales, malevolent cats, folk tales, and vengeful ghost stories; new spine chillers are revealed with each turn of the page. Uniformly excellent, fans of chills and things that go bump in the night will want to read - with the lights on.