Welcome to Summer Reads, Week 2 with more fabulous books for you to read while you are lounging somewhere (or at home wishing you were lounging somewhere.) Week 1 of our Summer Reads can be found here.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
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“Don’t be afraid of your dark places,” Mom told her. If you can shine a light on them, you’ll find treasure there.”
What a wonderful quote from The Silver Star. Jeannette Walls is the author of The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, both memoirs that were simply amazing. Here is a recent New York Times article on The Silver Star. This book is beautifully written. It is a story that must be read.
From the publisher, “It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.
Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.”
Scribner provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are our own.
Time Flies by Claire Cook
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Claire Cook is such a reliable author- a fabulous book a year. We just received our copy of Time Flies and two chapters in, it is clear that this too is a wonderful summer read. Cook’s books especially appeal to the over 40 female crowd. Her writing is both poignant and funny!
From the publisher, “Time Flies is an epic trip filled with fun, heartbreak, and friendship that explores what it takes to conquer your worst fears . . . so you can start living your future.”
Touchstone provided a digital review copy of this book. All opinions are our own.
Ladies Night’ by Mary Kay Andrews
This looks like a perfect beach read- fun and light. From the publisher, “Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies’ Night!
Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies’ Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on. “