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.