The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

 

the nest 2A father’s small, wise, and calculated investment has grown into a large sum of cash. For the Plumb siblings, this cash is the security blanket to cover up a multitude of mistakes. Bea, Leo, Jack, and Melody Plumb are all in different states of upheaval in their lives. Their fathers nest egg is about to be distributed equally to all four of them, and they are counting on that money to fix their problems. Sadly, money cannot fix all problems. The siblings are all forced to examine their lives and relationships with each other. The Nest makes a fantastic book club choice because the characters are outrageous, frustrating, relatable, and sometimes horrid people. However, some characters transform into better versions of themselves, and the story comes full circle in a satisfying ending. Read it with a friend so you can talk about it, it is book that lends itself to discussion. Our book club agreed we all liked it better after we had talked it through

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I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy

I love you moreA man with a closet full of secrets can only keep them hidden so long.  Sooner or later your wife finds out a secret, discovers things don’t add up, and your house of cards comes falling down piece by piece. Unless you don’t let it fall.  In this fast paced, story we first meet Diane, beautiful and put together, mother of a daughter named Picasso. She is married to Oliver, desperately in love, yet desperately unhappy. You cannot quite figure out what is going in her marriage, and either can Diane. The story is told from the perspective of Diane, Picasso, and a small town detective.  If you liked Gone Girl you will love the twists and turns and psychological layers. However, I thought this book far surpassed Gone Girl in writing, character development, and depth. The writing is fresh, beautiful, and creative. The pacing and plot are impeccable.  The story is told by different characters, the reader gains the perspective of the story from many different angles. This is the best murder mystery I have read in a long time, I could not walk away from it until it was over. It is haunting, masterful, and a stunning success.

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Book Club! Read With Us!

We are reading The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough

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She is a local Seattle Writer, and I am very excited about this book, I saw her interviewed by Nancy Pearl and it was wonderful.

Here is the interview: It was inspiring, watch it!

http://www.seattlechannel.org/BookLust?videoid=x56548

Off the Beaten Path: 3 Unusual Book Club Picks

Everyone is reading Girl on a Train, and well, everyone should. It is exceptional.  It is also excpetional to read some random little gems that most have never hearf of, but are though-provoking, odd, and beautiful all at the same time.  Here are three unconventional choices.

My Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt 

my-wish-list-coverWhat if life was finally good, the hard waves had crashed, you got back up, and the calm waters followed? What if the arrival of such peace was so unexpected, so needed, and so relieving, protecting the peace meant keeping out the good? Our heroine lives in a small French town, her sewing shop is doing unexpectedly well thanks to the popularity of her blog. Extreme sadness has come and gone, but life is good. She is happy with her shop, and sharing the magic of arranging fabric, buttons, and ribbons into a new creation. She is happy until her dear friends convince her to purchase a lottery ticket for the mega jack-pot. When the winner is announced and does not come forward, she knows her life will never be the same.This book is exquisitely written, magical in its telling, yet devastating.  What would you do if you finally had all that money cannot buy and all the money in the world was poised to take it right back? I thought about this book, the setting, the quirky charm, and the question of true love and true happiness it raises long after it was over. A good pick if you are looking for something not everyone is reading.

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The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

untitledA broody, disgruntled librarian finds a man who has been sleeping in her assigned section overnight. She unloads her every thought, desire, and opinion upon him before the library can open and he can escape to freedom. This book is a long rambling rant from a woman you wished you never started a conversation with. However, I found it whimsical and wonderful.  I loved all 93 pages and literally read it in an hour. From this lonely librarian we learn the history of the Dewey Decimal system, her opinion on Napoleon, library politics, her love lost, and her unrequited library love, Martin. Martin reads in her section each day, and our lovable, yet neurotic protagonist has fallen in love with the back of his neck, and pines after this silent reader daily. If you are looking for something completely unusual, quietly comical, with doses of sweet but sad, this is your book. If your book club is over and done reading the beach reads and best sellers, pick up this inventive little gem. If you don’t like it, you only gave less than a day to reading it. However, my bet is you will like it.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler

we are all beside ourselvesThe opening of this book gives away nearly nothing.  We know the main character is Rosemary, her sister Fern is long gone, and her brother Lowell has left without a good-bye. Rosemary is struggling through college, a fact unsuccessfully hidden from her academic parents. Everyone is a bit off and doing a complicated dance of denial around something unspeakable. I was told to give this book a chance to about page 80. I will give you the same advice, and I am sorry, I will not give anything away. There is an unexpected twist in the middle. The book is not about a simple family drama as it seems at the beginning.  It is an odd story, yet it is well written.  Read it with a Book Group, as it conjures up interesting topics of conversation. It will leave you to ponder on the blend of ethics and science, animal rights and human responsibility, and the definition of family.

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By Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Pen/Faulkner Award – Fiction) (F First Edition)

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

big little liesPirriwee Public school on the peninsula of Sydney, Australia is a mix of power moms, surfer dads, high finance bankers, and blue collar workers.  This mash up of parents and their children make for a fantastic cast of characters to keep you engaged in the life of this little town.  When Pirriwee Public throws a costume trivia night, drinks are too strong, issues surface, and something terrible takes place. However no one can recall exactly what happened or who was involved.  Three women are the heart of this novel, their lives twist and connect unexpectedly.  Celeste and her husband Perry are perfect in the outside, wealthy and put together.  Madeline is her loud, bossy, and unapologetic best friend.  Jane is the new mum at school, young, and not ready for the world of intense school politics.  These three women are multi-dimensional characters, as a reader you can’t help but empathize with their challenges.  Moriarty does a fantastic job of building intrigue through snatches of interviews from parents and teachers about the legendary trivia night.  She pulls you in with mystery, but weaves in the stories of these three women’s lives.  If you liked ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’, you would like this book.  However, the characters are deeper, more relatable, with a more suspenseful plot.  If you liked ‘The Husband’s Secret’, I think you will like this more.  If you did not like ‘The Husband’s Secret’, give this a chance, it is a stronger book over all.  I loved the reader on Audio, the Australian accent adds to the story. Read it before the movie comes out. One of my favorite reads so far this year.

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