In the strangest places

My favorite airport timekiller mags are Real Simple and InStyle. I also justify picking them up when the word ‘books’ appears on the cover, as it did on the June issue of Real Simple. Sara Nelson usually contributes all the book related news, reviews and other tidbits and I will listen to/read anything Sara has to say on the subject.

For this issue, ten books were pulled together to tempt the summer reader. And there’s some goodies on here. The Angel’s Game, the next offering from Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of a book group favorite from a few years ago, The Shadow of the Wind, is on my TBR pile. I’m saving that one for some leisurely August days and hope to use it with one of my book groups.

I’m also wishing I’d had April & Oliver before I winged out to Asheville, NC for a family reunion. Tess Callahan’s debut novel tells of a tumultuous love between childhood friends who seem destined to be together, but time and place are playing havoc with their relationship. Certainly would have provided me great distraction from other family dramas.

Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal might just be the flip side of Eat, Pray, Love. Julie Metz learns of her husband’s longtime double life only after his death. Like Elizabeth Gilbert, Metz must remove the mask of ‘perfection’ in order to create a life on her own terms. Gripping stuff.

These are only a few of the suggested summer reads and almost all of them are great choices for discussion. Strong voices, extraordinry insights, and manageable length are the outstanding features of all these titles and on Sara’s list of “What Makes a Summer Read.” They should be on everyone’s list of qualities for selecting books for groups.

And don’t miss the yummy corn salad with feta and walnuts recipe on page 226. Great for cookouts. Or book groups that need food to speak.

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About the Author:

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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