• IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF TRUE by Susan Caplan Carlton, YA. It’s the summer or 1958 when Ruth Robb and her family move from New York City to Atlanta—”the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan.” Intrigued? Great addition to YA, southern fiction, and civil rights. Realistic depiction of the emotional complexity of not only being a teenage girl, but also Jewish. I really enjoyed this (and met the wonderful Susan for a book event in Concord, NH!)
  • I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK by Mary Laura Philpott, Essays. If you’re compared to the reincarnated Nora Ephron, I’ll pick you up! Essays are wonderful and life-affirming and sometimes feel like Mary Laura is in your head watching and able to articulate what you cannot (she also works in Nashville with Ann Patchett, so…jealous?) Well done!
  • THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides, Thriller. Sometimes you just want an exciting, heart pumping page-turner with a twist at the end that you didn’t see coming – here you go!
  • THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN by Lisa See, Historical Fiction. Everything you could want from a historical fiction novel. It took me the entire month of July to read this because 1) so busy 2) I couldn’t skim. I had to read and soak in every detail of this masterpiece. The life of a female Jeju sea diver is so perilous it’s almost unbelievable! I’m in awe of these women and mothers. See is a terrific storyteller and wordsmith; I’m so excited to finally have read her. Itching to get to her other books.
  • MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner, Fiction. Big buzz around this book. My first time reading Weiner. She’s a very good writer and knows how to tell a complex and emotional narrative from a woman’s point of view. I liked the storytelling, but I never got to the point where I felt good. I wanted more redemption, more something… thoughts and opinions?
  • THE NEED by Helen Phillips, Fiction/Thriller. Woah. This one might “blissfully wreck” your brain, as my writer friend, Melissa said. Haunting and transcendent, Phillips nails the animalistic protectiveness of motherhood when danger shows up in your living room…
  • WOLFPACK by Abby Wambach, Inspiration. Soccer icon and world leader Abby Wambach puts her Barnard Commencement speech in book form. You can read in one sitting – and think about long after. A favorite call to action? Lead From the Bench, where Wambach tells of having to sit instead of start. Wambach delivers on equality, equity, and the need for women to use their voices for good. Great gift, esp for young women.
  • LOVE LIKE SKY by Leslie C. Youngblood, Middle Grade. I met Leslie in July at the ALA Writer’s Conference when we were on a MG writer’s panel together. I’m a fan of the woman, the writer, and this book! Leslie’s voice is so pitch perfect. G-baby and Peaches will find a place in your heart from the first page. It’s sweet and endearing and laugh-out-loud funny. Some favorites:

“…Have you seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?…that’s the kind of love Daddy and Mama have for us, Peaches – love like sky.”

“I picked out everything in my favorite color – lilac, which is like purple with milk in it.”

And now summer reading days are coming to a close. I mourn a bit for them, but we always have more books, don’t we? Now tell me – what did you read and what do you recommend???

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