Here are some books I’m looking to add to the book group rotation in 2013-2014. All are bowing in April.
Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley: I have a book group that likes to read books about women’s lives and relationships. This story about a mother and her two daughters who escape a religious cult will appeal to those readers. The novel is set in the present and this element will have readers discussing the role religion plays in contemporary society as well as how the characters define family and faith.
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder: A 30 day biography of one of the greatest female poets of the 20th century. Before Sylvia Plath became a literary legend she spent one heady, hedonistic summer in New York as the guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine’s annual college issue. Winder examines Plath’s life during this whirlwind month and how Plath’s experiences shaped the woman who would become the tragic poet.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler: I’m hoping that fans of The Paris Wife will also enjoy this biographical novel. NPR recently broadcast an interview with the author about her forthcoming book and her relationships with her husband, F. Scott, and Ernest Hemingway. Any book group that hasn’t discussed The Paris Wife yet, might consider pairing these two novels.
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley: I have groups that love to read debut works from new authors. This looks like a winner. It’s being touted as a blend of The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. A young woman rescues who she thinks is a badly burned soldier from World War II and soon learns differently. Decades later, Adam and Evelyn have raised a family of beautiful accomplished daughters with otherworldly talents. The writing is captivating and the story is a page turner.
I am confronted again with that old adage, “so many books, so little time.”