Hi Reading Friends– Do you have a stack of books waiting for time you can snatch for summer reading?? Here’s a few recent reads that I really enjoyed, memoirs, fiction and an amazing story of WWII. What are you reading this summer?? Would love to have your suggestions!!
The Middle Place — by Kelly Corrigan
A memoir of Kelly’s growing up in her close knit family, alternating with chapters about her cancer treatments as a young mom and her father’s battle with cancer at the same time. Sounds grim, but Kelly’s honesty, humor and love of family make it a book you won’t want to put down. Love all her relatable books.
The Dirty Life, On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristen Kimball
Memoir of the author’s falling in love with her husband Mark and falling in love with organic farming. It follows the first year they spend developing their farm in upstate New York–so many informative stories about crops and cooking, about animals and how to care for them. Makes me appreciate all that goes into the food we eat!
Devour by Sophie Egan
Egan goes in to detail about how and why American’s eat the way they do. Topics: How work affects our eating, Diets, the rise of wine consumption, how Italian food became so mainstream, fast food marketing, the popularity of brunch, organic, gluten free, non-fat options, family meals… Fascinating and sometimes surprising. Loved it.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Riveting from the first page, the story of the bright and prosperous Richardson family and their renters, artist Mia and her smart daughter. Their lives intertwine to the breaking point and divisions over the adoption of a baby, personal choices provide all the plot twists and turns.
The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons
The story alternates between 3 brothers returning to their dilapidated manner house after WWII and an enchanting young singer who helps bring it back to life– and then the story of one of those brothers 50 years later, training his grandson, the piano prodigy and reliving the turmoil of his life. British family drama wrapped in music.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
A small girl is found alone on a ship arriving from England to Australia in 1910. She is taken in by the harbor master and his wife. But her story is a mystery. It takes 500 pages and 3 generations of women to tell the true story. Sort of a mix of Charles Dickens meets Downton Abbey. Very readable and graced with likable characters and an involving plot line.
A Higher Call: an incredible true story of combat and chivalry — by Adam Makos
The true story of an American pilot in WWII who was flying a battered bomber out of Germany, when a German fighter pilot, Franz Stigler flew along beside him and escorted him out of danger. The book gives the two men’s backgrounds and stories through the war and their meeting finally many years after the war. Interesting to have an anti-Nazi German pilot’s point of view.
Illustration at the top by Andre Pecoud.