Hey, Sam-I-Am, you don’t have to resign yourself to endless picture books to properly celebrate Read Across America day. The best way to inspire young readers is to lead by example and let them see you fall in love with a good book. So put down that phone, and pick up one of these great reads.
In Twenty Years
By Allison Winn Scotch
Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.
La Vie Rustic
By Georgeanne Brennan
This gorgeously styled work is by a Californian authentically cooking and living in the French style. 100 well thought out recipes, lots of personal stories as lovely and memorable as the meals they inspired, a judicious helping of history and narrative makes this a win, even if it only inspires a meal out to that bistro you’ve been eyeing!
My Husband’s Wife
By Jane Corry
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets a convicted murderer she is strangely drawn to. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants. This psychological thriller will keep you up at night. (Turning pages.)
Perfect Little World
By Kevin Wilson
Isabelle Poole is fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher’s baby, and totally on her own when she meets Dr. Preston Grind. The charming child psychologist created “The Infinite Family Project”, a study about what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are, and would love for Isabelle and her son to join.
The Couple Next Door
By Pamela Dorman
Anne and Marco Conti have a new baby, a beautiful townhouse, and a growing company. One night when the sitter cancels, instead of skipping the dinner party they’ve committed to—just next door at the neighbors’—they decide to bring the baby monitor and check on their young daughter every thirty minutes. In the short time between their shifts the baby is snatched without a trace.
By Ashley Warlick
She’d made it sound as though her husband would be joining them for dinner. She’d made it sound that way on purpose, and then she arrived alone. Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, this sparkling, sensual novel that explores the complexities of a marriage and the many different ways in which we love.
By Eleanor Wasserberg
If you were enthralled by ROOM this modern gothic masterpiece will not disappoint, combining cultish suspense with the heartbreak of sisterhood betrayal. The tale twists and winds, pulling the reader in — many who ventured into these pages had trouble putting them down.
The Hearts of Men
By Nickolas Butler
This work of supreme storytelling is an evocative, decades-spanning look at intertwining friendships and families that explores the slippery definitions of fidelity, morality, and trust—all played out against a backdrop of a venerable “Camp Chippewa” a Boy Scout camp in the Wisconsin woods.
We Were the Lucky Ones
By Georgia Hunter
Of the 30,000 Jews who lived in Radom, Poland at the start of World War II, fewer than 300 survived. This emotional novel is the story of a Jewish family in Radom ripped away from each other at the start of the war, and their extraordinary journey back to each other from all corners of the earth.
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By Bianca Bosker
Bosker’s “Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste” offers an insider’s look at the world of wine, told my someone who dropped out of ‘real’ life to enter it. Whether you are a cab or a sauv, this memoir hits all the right notes.
Our Little Racket
By Angelica Baker
When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must fend off allegations of misconduct, as well as the judgment and resentment of his community. As panic builds, the story unfolds of five women in his world whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of this financial titan.
The Stars in Our Eyes
By Julie Klam
This lively and engaging exploration of celebrity — why celebrities fascinate us, what it means to be famous today, and why celebrities are so important — is an addictive read. Klam examines what makes someone a celebrity and explains why we care about celebrities more than ever.