- File Size: 11672 KB
- Print Length: 595 pages
- Publisher: Publishers Lunch (May 14, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B088D4F5T6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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- #5009 in Romance (Kindle Store)
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In the Garden of Spite is by Camilla Bruce. This one is about the real serial killer Belle Gunness, who was active in Illinois and Indiana until 1908. I'm not sure how much of the book is factual and how much is fiction, but it looks like a fascinating read.
Beauty Among Ruins is by J'nell Clesielski. It is a romance that takes place after WWI in Scotland. A Scottish nobleman has opened his home for injured soldiers to convalesce and recover from their injuries. The heroine is a brash, shallow young woman (initially) who has been sent to England to stay with relatives. She trains with her more sensible cousin as a nurse, and both are assigned to work at the estate. My favorite character from the excerpt was the head nurse, or Matron, who almost immediately assigned the spoiled young party girl to clean bedpans for a month. Quote about the Matron: "During the Boer War, she bandaged an entire unit using two of her petticoats and a horse blanket."
The Incredible Winston Brown is by Sean Dietrich. The book opens by introducing three central characters who haven't met each other yet. Jessie Williams is a very young deaf girl who is picked up from her residential school one day by a woman who claims she is her aunt. The aunt is extremely impatient with her and angry. Jessie doesn't know where the woman is taking her. The second characters is Eleanor Hughes, who is attending a wedding in Moab, Florida, with the man she has dated for decades. Eleanor is wishing that she had married and had children. The next scene opens with Winston Brown who is visiting a doctor in Pensacola, Florida, and receiving some bad news. I haven't read this book yet, but I suspect that anyone who likes books by Carolyn Brown will probably like this one also.
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans surprised me. When the book started, I didn't care at all for the main character, Claire. Then the author slowly revealed parts of Claire's past that made me look past her self destructive behaviors. She is stuck in grief and guilt and unable to move on. Claire starts college but it isn't long before she does something that leads to accusations of racism against her, and polarizes the college campus. This book is very timely as it addresses issues of race, symbols from the past, and perception.
Ken Follett's book, The Evening and the Morning, takes place in the time of the Vikings. They attack a small village by the sea. The main character is a young shipwright who had planned on running away that day with his betrothed to settle in another village. He survives but his father and his betrothed are killed, and the village is in ruins. This book is the prequel to The Pillars of the Earth.
The overall appeal of the collection will vary according to your reading interests. For me this was a less rewarding group than has been the case in the past. But that may be because there were more thrillers and murder mysteries, and fewer interesting non-fiction choices, than usual. And Lethem is always fun.
So, since it's a freebie and loaded with books that are at least sample-worthy it's hard to pass up this nice opportunity to browse.
There are many, many more books listed, some with excerpts, although not the majority, but it helps me at least attempt to plan out the coming months of reading.
Ayad Akhtar – Homeland Elegies 9/8
John Banville – Snow 10/6
Elena Ferrante – The Lying Life of Adults 9/1
Alice Hoffman – Magic Lessons (prequel to Practical Magic) 10/6
Jane Smiley – Perestroika in Paris 12/1
Yaa Gyasi – Transcendent Kingdom 9/8
Paulo Coelho – The Archer 11/10
Rumaan Alam – Leave the World Behind 10/6
Judithe Little – The Chanel Sisters 12/29
Sue Miller – Monogamy 9/8
Smith Henderson & Jon Marc Smith – Make Them Cry 9/23
Fannie Flagg – The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop 10/27
Ken Follett – The Evening and the Morning 9/15 (prequel to The Pillars of the Earth)
Philippa Gregory – Dark Tides 11/14
John Grisham – A Time For Mercy 10/13
Gregory Maguire – A Wild Winter Swan 10/6
Biography and Memoir
Rick Bragg – Where I Come From: Stories From the Deep South 10/27
Philip Norman – Wild Thing: The Short Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix 9/15
Michael Posner – Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years 10/6
Neal Karlen – This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record 10/6
John Birdsall – The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life and Times of James Beard
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