Great Summer Reads
Monday, June 21, 2010
It's summer reading season, and we're polling our favorite book lovers from all parts of Rhode Island life every week to share their picks for summer reading. This week, Robin Kall, told GoLocalProv what was ready for her beach bag.
Tied To My Heart
The latest from Ann Hood
, The Red Thread
is a book you'll remember long after "the end." Characters from all of Hood's novels come alive but perhaps in this one even more. Couples, families and the owner of The Red Thread adoption agency come together and form their own family as they long for daughters who will join theirs. The way the book moves back and forth between Providence and China gives the reader a real sense of what's going on locally and with the women who make the brave decision to give up their daughters in hopes of a better life. A beautiful story!
The Story I Thought It Would Be
This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
, Laura Munson
's memoir about her summer of holding it all together while her husband was afforded the luxury of figuring it all out is a book about strength, love, hope, family, girlfriends, mountains, horses, beloved family china and spirit. After reading Laura's piece in last summer's Modern Love column I friended her on Facebook and immediately wrote to her about how much her story moved me. Apparently I was not the only one, as it was the column that crashed the site and voila! got Laura the book deal she had been waiting for for many years. What a story... all of them! Loved this book!
Like Coming Home
Fly Away Home
, Jennifer Weiner
's latest treat, is due to hit the summer bookshelves mid-July. I had the pleasure of reading this book over the long weekend and it hit the spot! Reminiscent of the sisters in In Her Shoes
, sisters Diana and Lizzie are more alike than it would seem. Working through their relationship while a family crisis is making an appearance doesn't detract from everyone doing their own work. Parents, Sylvie and Richard learn who they are both as a united team and as individuals. It's interesting to watch what emerges. Written in Weiner's unique style-sharp, hysterical, thoughtful.
Lots of Heart
Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter is the perfect summer read! The story takes place in a bedroom community of Boston which is drama right there. A glimpse at the moms who run the town and the marriages that surround them. Compare and contrast and taking care of what's yours. Or are they? There is a lot that will seem familiar in this well-written, engaging novel which is filled with memorable characters and thought-provoking matters of forgiveness.
Check out Robin Kall's RWR Book Club Registry... where book clubs can win a set of books for their group. Email Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her a little about your book club... you may end up a winner.
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