LITERARY WONDERLANDS [Book Thoughts]

LITERARY WONDERLANDS [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Literary Wonderlands Published by Hachette Books on November 1st 2016 ISBN: 9780316316385 Genres: Fiction, Literary Criticism, General, Books & Reading Format: ARC Pages: 320 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers A glorious collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms. Literary […]

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith [Book Thoughts]

THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.The Girl from Venice Written by Martin Cruz Smith Published by Simon & Schuster on October 18th 2016 ISBN: 9781439140239 Genres: Fiction, Historical, Thrillers Format: ARC Pages: 320 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers The highly anticipated new standalone novel from Martin Cruz Smith, whom The Washington Post has declared “that uncommon phenomenon: a popular […]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Leavitt [Book Thoughts]

Cruel Beautiful World Written by Caroline Leavitt Published by Algonquin Books on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9781616203634 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 352 Source: publisher Sixteen-year-old Lucy Gold is about ;to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default parent for most of their lives, Charlotte has seen […]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue [Audiobook Thoughts]

Behold the Dreamers Written by Imbolo Mbue Audiobook read by Prentice Onayemi Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 23rd 2016 ISBN: 9780812998498 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 416 Source: public library via Overdrive A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy […]

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly [Audiobook Thoughts}

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly [Audiobook Thoughts}

Hidden Figures Written by Margot Lee Shetterly Audiobook read by Robin Miles Published by William Morrow, HarperCollins on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9780062363596 Genres: Nonfiction, History, African American Studies, Space Science Format: audiobook Pages: 368 Source: public library via Overdrive The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, […]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Small Great Things Written by Jodi Picoult Published by Ballantine Books on October 11th 2016 ISBN: 9781444788013 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Adult Fiction Format: ARC Pages: 480 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins […]

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow [Audiobook Thoughts]

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow [Audiobook Thoughts]

Alexander Hamilton Written by Ron Chernow Audiobook read by Scott Brick Published by Penguin on 2004 ISBN: 9780143034759 Genres: Biography & Autobiography Format: audiobook Pages: 818 Source: purchased In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, […]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

BERTRAND COURT by Michelle Brafman [Book Thoughts]

Bertrand Court Written by Michelle Brafman Published by Prospect Park Books on September 6th 2016 ISBN: 9781938849794 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 264 Source: publisher Bertrand Court is a captivating novel told in story form, intertwining seventeen luminous narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to a suburban Washington, DC, cul-de-sac. Linked through bloodlines and grocery lines, they respond to life’s bruises by grabbing […]

THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni [Book Thoughts]

THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni [Book Thoughts]

The Fortress Written by Danielle Trussoni Published by HarperCollins on September 20th 2016 ISBN: 9780062458995 Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Falling Through the Earth and Angelology returns with this much-anticipated memoir of love and transformation in France. The Fortress is Peter Mayle meets Eat, Pray, Love, a gorgeously written account of one woman’s journey to the other […]

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett [Book Thoughts]

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett [Book Thoughts]

Commonwealth Written by Ann Patchett Published by HarperCollins on September 13th 2016 ISBN: 9780062491817 Genres: Fiction, Family Life, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, […]

EVERYTHING I  NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng [Bullet Review]

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng [Bullet Review]

Everything I Never Told You Written by Celeste Ng Published by Penguin on May 12th 2015 ISBN: 9780143127550 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Family Life Format: trade paper Pages: 297 Source: purchased “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited […]

THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

The Story of the Lost Child Series: The Neapolitan Novels, #4 Written by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Audiobook read by Hillary Huber Published by Europa Editions on September 1st 2015 ISBN: 9781609452865 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 473 Source: public library via Overdrive Here is the dazzling saga of two women, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses […]

HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings [Book Thoughts]

HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings [Book Thoughts]

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.How to Party With an Infant Written by Kaui Hart Hemmings Published by Simon and Schuster on August 9th 2016 ISBN: 9781501100796 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 240 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants—a hilarious and charming story […]

THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY by Elena Ferrante [Audiobook Thoughts]

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay Written by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Audiobook read by Hillary Huber Published by Europa Editions on September 2nd 2014 ISBN: 9781609452230 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 400 Source: public library via Overdrive The incredible story continues in book three of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan Novels! Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante’s fame as one of our most compelling, […]

HARMONY by Carolyn Parkhurst [Book Thoughts]

HARMONY by Carolyn Parkhurst [Book Thoughts]

Harmony Written by Carolyn Parkhurst Published by Penguin Random House on August 2nd 2016 ISBN: 9780399562600 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Family Life Format: hardcover Pages: 288 Source: publisher Gorgeously written and patently original. Jodi Picoult, “New York Times”bestselling author of”Leaving Time” In this gripping, timely novel, Carolyn Parkhurst follows the Hammond family as they give up everything. . . and ultimately reveals the healing power of love. Kim Edwards, the #1″New York Times”bestselling author of”The […]