From Stephanie Bunce
Title: D.C. Dead – A Stone Barrington Novel
Author: Stuart Woods
I love this author’s books. His characters’ dialogue is so witty and funny, I often find myself laughing out loud. I love the friendship between Stone and Dino and I love that every book Woods writes is fast-paced and enthralling. This book includes Woods’ other series’ characters — Holly Barker and the Lees, and of course, Teddy Fay. Very entertaining read. I am so grateful that Stuart Woods is such a prolific author. You can’t go wrong with one of his books, but it is recommended that you read them from the beginning, for continuity’s sake
From Raymond Cantwell
Title: Lobster Shacks, A Road-trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints
Author: Mike Urban
This book reviews every lobster shack between Connecticut and Nova Scotia worthy of a visit. Even those with no taste for fresh-caught lobster will enjoy the stories of the shack’s proprietors. In the business, lobsters are known as “The other red meat,” or simply, “bugs.” They are crustaceans.
The further one travels North and up the Coast (or down the Coast as New Englanders would say, noting trade winds), the closer one gets to lobster perfection. The book gets as far as the Canadian border, near Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor. American Presidents have dined at Bar Harbor in summertime.
They can be boiled in a number of ways, the most preferred being with sea water. The book includes many lobster recipes, and they look seriously delicious.
From Laura Caran
Title: Wife 22
Author: Melanie Gideon
Forty five year old wife whose 20-year marriage seems uneventful answers an on-line survey which leads her into thinking she may leave her husband for Researcher 101, her on-line researcher. Turns out in the end, it is her own husband and they renew their marriage after it all.
From Laura Caran
Title: An Available Man
Author: Hilma Wolitzer
Abruptly widowed at 62, Edward Schuyler becomes the wary target of female advances as he grapples with loss. He reconnects with a friend who abandoned him decades ago and they end up together.
From Elaine Pasquali
Title: Memoir of the Sunday Brunch
Author: Julia Pandl
This is the author’s first book and it’s a winner. I sat in Starbucks drinking a latte and laughing out loud. A few days later I was crying. As the youngest of nine siblings, she was alternately raised by her older sibs and raised herself. All the children helped their dad, George, at his restaurant for Sunday brunch and George was a tough task master. Pandl’s recounting of her youth is hillarious. But she is also capable of pathos and as her parents age and die, I wept along with her. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to Pandl’s future endeavors.
From ADELE GRESSER
Title: THE SLUM
Author: ALUISIO AZAVEDO
THIS BOOK TAKES PLACE IN bRAZIL. TWO MEN AND THEIR WIVES LIVE NEXT TO ANOTHER. ONE IS RICH AND HAS A LARGE IMPOSING HOME…MIRANDA WHO EVENTUALLY BECOMES A BARON WITH HIS PROPERTY ABUTTING HIS COMMON NEIGHBOR,JOA ROMAO. TAO ASKS HIS RICH NEIGHOR TO ALLOW HIM SPACE BETWEEN THE HOUSES. HE IS REFUSED AND TAO DECIDES TO BUILD A TWO SLUM TO GET EVEN WITH MIRANDA. HE STOLE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL TO BUILD HIS SLUM IN SAN ROMAO.POOR PEOPLE AND LABORERS MOVE IN. WASHERWOMEN SET UP BUSINESS AROUND THE PERIMITER AND YELL ALLDAY WHILE WORKING. THE PORTUGUESE IN THIS TOWN ARE THE PROPERTY OWNERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS THAT MAKE MONEY OFF THE TENANTS WHO BUY FROM THEIR STORES, BUY FOOD AND GO TO THEIR TAVERNS. THE ‘NATIVES’ ARE MAINLY MULATTOS. THEY ARE4 VITAL COMMON PEOPLE COMPARED TO THE PORTUGUESE. IN THIS SLUM THE INHABITANTS BRAWL, FIGHT ONE ANOTHER AND PEOPLE FROM OTHER SLUMS. THE LUM IS A BREEDING GROUND OF CHEAPLY BUILT POORLY CONSTRUCTED DWELLINGS THAT IS A THRIVING GROUND FOR ALL KINDS OF DISGUSTING THINGS. WE ARE TO MEET WITH THER AUTHOR IN AUGUST.
From Sandra Sternstein
Title: Delias Crossing
Author: VC Andrews
Delia who is a young girl from a poor town in Mexico is orphaned when her parents die in a tragic accident. She is taken in by her rich aunt who resides in the US. Her aunt and her daughter (Delia’s cousin Sophia) mistreat her. Delia is sexually assaulted by a teacher and Sophia’s boyfriend who is later killed by Delia’s friend (Ignacio) who she met in school. He and Delia escape the US to go back to Mexico, however, Delia decides to return to the US as she is promised by her other cousin Edward that her life will be better. Ignacio stays in Mexico in order to produce a new identity so he can return to the US; in the meantime he is believed to be dead.
From Kristen Przybylski
Title: Talking with my Mouth Full
Author: Gail Simmons
Gail Simmons, one of the judges on the famed tv show, Top Chef, writes about her love of food. She beautifully writes about her childhood and how she always loved spending time with her family in the kitchen. She writes about college, the demands of working on Top Chef and all the difficulties and opportunities she has experienced in the culinary world. I enjoyed reading about her upbringing and all the experiences she has had doing what she loves. I especially liked when she explored why people love food and how it brings a sense of familiarity, comfort and enjoyment to a lot of people. She even has a chapter of recipes at the end of the book.
From Michele Szydlo
Title: My Father’s Paradise
Author: Ariel Sabar
The subtitle of this book is “a son’s search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq.” I found this a very moving true account of what happened to a particular family in the past & present in Iraq, Israel & America. I enjoyed the latter part of the book even more than the first & found it very moving.
From Rita Anderson
Title: The secret of villa mimosa
Author: Elizabeth Adler
Young women survives attempted murder but she has amnesia.