At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

May 18

At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

This is only the second book I have read by Sara Gruen. I absolutely adored Water for Elephants. I liked this story. At the Water’s Edge is set towards the end of WWII. Maddie Hyde is a spoiled wife, living the good life in America, far removed from the atrocities of the war. She, her husband Ellis, and his best friend Hank party the nights away. The fellows...

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The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

May 17

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

This book was bittersweet, as it was published mere months before Carrie Fisher suddenly passed away at the very young age of 60. I am a big Star Wars fan; my dad took me to the movie when it first came out, and I have been a fan ever since. This book was a unique peek into the casting process and making of that first flick. Did the then 19-year old have any clue...

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Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

May 15

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

I was cautiously optimistic when Book of the Month Club started advertising this book by Paula Hawkins. I loved The Girl on the Train; but we all know that sometimes that sophomore effort can be a bit tricky. Ms. Hawkins delivers, and then some. A dip in the river finds two dead bodies within months of one another. One, a sexy, eccentric, single mother writing about...

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Mortality – Christopher Hitchens

May 08

Mortality – Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was a prolific writer and orator. While on a book tour, he was suddenly overcome by excruciating pain. The pain would later be diagnosed as Stage 4 esophageal cancer. For a year and a half, the man fought the good fight, writing essays all along the way. His humor, wit, and intelligence shone through to the very end. He brilliantly described the...

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Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

May 05

Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

I am apparently binging on Liane Moriarty. I have a sneaking suspicion that the first book that I read by her, Big Little Lies, may be her greatest. This story, as well as What Alice Forgot, were both good, but not great. Truly Madly Guilty revolves around three couples, the in and outs of their marriages, and one fateful barbecue that threatens to destroy...

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The Girl From Venice – Martin Cruz Smith

May 02

The Girl From Venice – Martin Cruz Smith

I love a love story. This gem is set in Italy at the end of WWII. Martin Cruz Smith tells the tale of a fisherman, Cenzo, and his discovery of a ‘dead’ girl one night while out fishing. Giulia ends up being not quite as dead as Cenzo first believed. She, as it turns out, is Jewish and is on the run from some Nazis who just killed her parents. Cenzo...

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