Sam’s Staff Picks
The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The storied life of AJ Fikery by Gabrielle Zevin
Delicious! By Ruth Reichl
I am a big foodie, and this book was great for the mental taste buds! Ruth Reichl paints such a picture of the sights and smells of and tastes of New York city. Even better is the stash of letters the main character finds in a secret room between James Beard and a 12 year old girl during the time of WWII. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Landline by Rowell Rainbow
This is my second Rainbow Rowell novel, the first being Eleanor and Park a young adult novel. Landline was so different as it was her first adult book. At first I wasn’t too sure where the story was going, but in the end I can say that I did enjoy it. It has a bit of a ‘oh come on now’ vibe to it but if you have an open mind and just enjoy the story, it makes you think about the choices you make in life. At first I didn’t like the main character but as she struggles with the working mom/career saga I felt she redeemed herself in the ‘perfect’ end to this story.
Life Drawing by Robin Black
This debut novel is a well written story about how infidelity affects marriage. How does a marriage change over time and how do you live with the choices you make? I loved the writing and look forward to more from this author.
I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy
If you love mysteries with a twist, try this one! Three blond wives and a ‘perfect’ murder. This was a great beach read, another debut novel and another author I’ll read again.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Wow. Wow. Wow. This title was featured on the Today show as one of the best books for the summer. It is long… 700 pages, but well worth it. It is an absorbing, exciting, heart stopping tale and very scary to think that something like that could happen today. (I’m not saying what….) I really don’t read many ‘spy’, action books so it was a pleasant surprise to enjoy this as much as I did.
Chip adds to the list The Gunslayer by Stephen King.