Thursday, August 25, 2011
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No this summer, I've needed pleasant distractions with just enough conflict not to make them syrupy. Here are a few of the books I've enjoyed:
Nancy Thayer's Heat Wave - Just finished this new book. I just discovered Thayer earlier this year and while I don't think this is her best effort, it is very enjoyable. Summer House and Beachcombers were better. Many of her books are set on Nantucket and are just the ticket for summer reading.
The Vineyard by Barbara Delinsky - I loved this book. It is about 10 years old and of course my copy came from the library. At first the story seems centered around the female Vineyard owner and what she had to do to keep her family together during the Depression, the War years and beyond. But it is really more about the young assistant she hires and her dyslexic daughter. I learned a lot about dyslexia while enjoying the pleasant story.
The Guy Not Taken is short story collection by Jennifer Weiner. Normally I'm not a fan of short stories as I really like to get to know my characters more. These are quite good and one is a prequel to a novel she wrote.
Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann Ross. If you've never tried the Miss Julia books you must start at the beginning. This one is the most recent and as the name implies, babies arrive along with a mystery for Miss Julia to solve and of course, the necessity of preserving her precious reputation and even more precious family. Miss Julia is wonderful Southern character. This is also set in the winter time if you prefer to read your books in the right seasonal setting.
Fannie Flagg's I Still Dream About You. Another wonderful Southern writer, Fannie Flagg sets her latest novel in Birmingham. It is timely, funny and inspiring despite its - ah - subject - and I'll just leave it at that.
What have you read this summer?
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