HOLIDAY ESCAPES (12/03/2013)

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, here's some book suggestions from Hopefully you'll have time to fit in some reading before the Xmas rush begins. These books also make good vacation reads. They're on my "always ready to go" list....

OUR PICNICS IN THE SUN by Morag Joss (Psychological Thriller)

Howard and Deborah have sunk their life savings into the small cottage where they raise sheep and live quiet lives. When Howard has a stroke, Deborah must open the doors to lodgers, turning her home into a bed and breakfast. Two men come one night, drinking too much and complaining too loudly. The next morning, one of them is gone and the other can't even begin to pay the bill. So begins Morag Joss's latest novel, which delves into the corroded pasts of these three characters. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks (Fiction/Humor)

Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) return in their first new novel in nearly 40 years. P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance in 1915 to his final completed novel in 1974. Now, four decades later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps. Reviewed by Jane Krebs.

MOZART: A Life by Paul Johnson (Biography/Music)

In MOZART: A LIFE, acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson's focus is on the music --- Mozart's wondrous output of composition and his uncanny gift for instrumentation. In addition, Johnson challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer's health, wealth, religion and relationships. Reviewed by Pauline Finch.

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