MY LATEST READ AUGUST 2017

I'm currently reading Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta, a quirky and hilarious new novel about sex, love and identity. It's penetrating and provocative with a mother/son story in the mix. I'm half way through and not sure if I really like it...but Tom Perrotta's uneven and mesmerizing prose holds my interest...Stay Tuned...

And according to The New York Times....

MRS. FLETCHER, by Tom Perrotta. (Scribner, $26.) Perrotta’s seventh novel — his first since 2011’s “The Leftovers” — succeeds in ways that will be pleasingly familiar to his admirers. The story of a divorced mother and her college-age son, both navigating the pursuit and pitfalls of sexual pleasure, it is the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will ever read.

ONE TO WATCH AUGUST 2017

Keep an eye out for this release by Pulitzer nominee, Jonathan Dee. Bookreporter.com earmarked this book as an August favorite.

Its focus is small town America after 9/11. Complex characters round out this community in the Berkshires on an economic skid. Add a combination of frustrations (sexual and otherwise), bewildered citizens, a vivid plot and you have a recipe for an excellent read.




THE LOCALS by Jonathan Dee (Fiction)
Audiobook available, read by George Newbern and Ray Porter

Mark Firth is a contractor and home restorer in Howland, 
Massachusetts, who feels opportunity passing his family by. 

After being swindled by a financial advisor, what future can Mark 
promise his wife and their young daughter? 
He finds himself envying the wealthy 
weekenders in his community whose houses sit empty all winter. 

Philip Hadi used to be one of these people. But in the nervous days 
after 9/11, he flees New York and hires Mark to turn his Howland home 
into a year-round “secure location” from which he can manage billions 
of dollars of other people’s money. The collision of these two men’s
 very different worlds --- rural vs. urban, middle class vs. wealthy --- 
is the engine of Jonathan Dee’s new novel. 
Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

BOOKPAGE RECOMMENDATIONS

Discover some great books on Bookpage.com.  Bookpage is another 'go to' site that I check for the best new books.   Each issue highlights current releases, author interviews, book reviews and more. Tailored to the true book lover (Like me and you) Bookpage will enhance your TBR list.
Below find two books their editors recommended this August...






Reading with Patrick review
The life-changing magic of reading
When she learns that a favorite student has been charged with murder, Teach for America educator Michelle Kuo returns to the Arkansas Delta to offer study sessions on poetry and literature that prove transformative for both.

Home Fire review
A heart-rending tragedy of two families 
Kamila Shamsie's seventh work of fiction is a twist on Sophocles' classic Greek tragedy, Antigone. Set in present-day London, the story follows two British Muslim families as they wrestle with complex issues centered on faith, bigotry and loyalty.

TBR (AUGUST 2017)

 if you're not familiar with Goodreads.com you're missing out! It's a great way to share books, keep track of books you've read, and is the world's  largest site for book recommendations.

The following two books caught my eye. Recipients of excellent reviews, they're on the top of my TBR list.



Home Fire by Kamila ShamsieHome Fire
by 
In this modern-day take on the classic tragedy Antigone, two Pakistani Muslim families in London find their lives entangled in love, politics, and conflict.
Amirah says, “I tore through this, literally could not tear my eyes away from this brave, searing novel.”
Nominated for the Man Booker Prize




The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneThe Heart's Invisible Furies
by 
This sweeping novel by the author of The Boy in Striped Pajamasbegins in 1940s Ireland, when Cyril Avery is born to an unwed teen mother, and follows his journey of self-discovery.
Caroline says, “There’s little about this deeply moving and immersive story that isn’t perfect. Boyne realized an ambitious premise, and he did so with a thoughtful touch.”