The Great Gatsby

From  Alexus  Haddad

Title:  The Great Gatsby

Author:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

 A 1920s era setting in Long Island, NY. This is an amazing novel that tells of the corruption and looseness of the Roaring Twenties. Jay Gatsby wants to fall back in love with his one true love, Daisy Buchanan. However, Daisy is married to a Yale polo player. As time goes on, we find out about Daisy’s and Gatsby’s “adventures” together when they were young.

As Husbands Go

From  Elaine Pasquali

Title:  As Husbands Go

Author:  Susan Isaacs 

Susan believes she has a near-perfect life: successful, loving surgeon husband; four year old triplets; a beautiful house and a satisfying career…until her husband is discovered murdered in a hooker’s apartment.  Susan won’t accept that her husband was unfaithful and investigates leads that will prove his fidelity and the innocence of the hooker.  Throw into this mix a colorful lesbian grandmother who abandoned Susan’s mother, has had several husbands and is now in a committed relationship with a considerably younger woman.  An absorbing novel set on Long Island.

Golden Reads reviews

From Donna Southard:

The Gatehouse, by Nelson DeMille
This is the sequel to DeMille’s novel, The Gold Coast.    I had look forward to reading this book, but I was very disappointed in it after I read it.  I found the narrative of the main character to be very repetitive and it became annoying to read.  The action consisted of the last 50 or so pages of the novel and I found it to not to be worth the time it took to read it.

Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold
This novel begins with the main character reflecting on how her life was before and after she killed her mother.  I found some of the analogies to be well written.  However, I found the book to be very conflicting and overall depressing.  There are a lot of emotional roller coaster moments.

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey
This is a funny guide for women to understand how men “think” in a romantic relationship.  Harvey writes like a script from one of his stand-up performances.  I found myself laughing quite often.  This was a fun read and very different from the average self-help book.

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
I found this book to be very interesting.  It was geared to teens, but I was quickly hooked into reading it.  I found it fascinating how the author created the interactions of alien life forms with humans.  In my opinion, I feel that Meyers created a suspenseful plot, that was a little creepy, and I feel that she did an excellent job in developing her characters.  This book made me really think about “life” as we know it.

The Wednesday Letters, by Jason F. Wright
The novel begins with the introduction of a happily married couple of almost forty years who owns a bed and breakfast in the Shenandoah area of VA.  One night the couple dies within hours of each other.  When their three children arrive to make funeral arrangements, they discover boxes full of letters that their father wrote to their mother every Wednesday of their marriage.  The letters reveal information that the adult children have to reflect on and understand.  This is a quick read with several twists.  It makes one wonder about writing their own “Wednesday Letters” to their significant other.

John Sutter is Back!

And he is his usual wisecracking self in Nelson DeMille’s The Gate House . This sequel to The Gold Coast takes place 10 years after John’s departure from Long Island. He returns to the whirlwind of his ex-wife, ex-inlaws, his less than loving mother, vengeful Mob bosses, an unforgiving elite community, non-stop alcohol consumption and his own uncertain future. Sutter’s internal dialogues are hilarious and his frenzy of activity takes you on a wild ride.