The Leopard at the Door is an incredibly well-paced novel set in Kenya during the 1950’s. Rachel has returned to her family’s farm in rural Kenya after being sent to England for six years following the death of her mother. She returns to a land both familiar and in the midst of great political change. McVeigh’s writing is superb and she fills her novel with the sweeping landscape of Kenya, the heartache of Rachel coming of age, and the emotional cost of change.
Find an interesting book to explore in March’s what to read link.
Click on the link above for book suggestions to read during this short and chilly month.
January is a great time to set reading goals for the coming year. Take the time to make a goal and start to create a list of books you are interested in reading, including the classics or recommendations you have been meaning to get to. For new suggestions, click on the link below for just released titles.
Before the new year is ushered in, you may want to take a look at The Wall Street Journal’s best fiction and nonfiction books of 2016. I was surprised to learn I hadn’t read even one of the books mentioned. Take look…
The Story of A Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
The Heart by Maylis DeKerangal
Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
High Dive by Johnathon Lee
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Eccentric Orbits by John Bloom
Code Warriors by Stephen Budiansky
The Vanishing Velazquez by Laura Cumming
In a Different Way by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
Abigail Adams: Letters by Abigail Adams and Edith Gelles, Editor
The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
Harry & Arthur by Lawrence J. Haas
Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin
Are you looking for a last minute holiday present or a well-deserved treat for yourself? Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, Cooking with Jeffrey, may be the perfect gift. While I was reading Cooking with Jeffrey and hungrily eyeing each photograph, I couldn’t help but think how Ina Garten is extremely likeable and talented. Her recipes are equally flawless for a house filled with company or for dinner for two. A highlight of Cooking for Jeffrey is her description of how she met Jeffrey, stories of their courtship and being newly married. Get cooking!
Paula Hawkins, who wrote the worldwide bestselling The Girl on the Train, has a new book on the way. Into the Water, which will be published in May 2017, is a psychological thriller about a single mother and teenage girl who are found dead weeks apart in a river bed. Hawkins’ fans (me included) are hoping for another fast- paced, engrossing thriller with a surprise ending.
Historical fiction fans will be glad to discover author Geraldine Brooks. She is a master of creating strong, complex women within the pages of her books. I had read People of the Book several years ago and was impressed at the detail and language. I recently read The Year of Wonders and Caleb’s Crossing and was not disappointed. The Year of Wonders is an intriguing story set during the time of the plague. The language is superb along with the flow of the plot and strong characters. The one glitch is the way the story unfolds near the very end. Still, Year of Wonders is a great read. Caleb’s Crossing is set in Martha’s Vineyard during the 1660’s and tells the well imagined story of a meaningful friendship between a young English girl and Native American boy. Give Brooks a try.