Thursday, August 30, 2012

Recent Reads...

Some recent books I have enjoyed...

 Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Intriguing novel about a woman who is reunited with her eighteen year old daughter that she gave up for adoption at birth, and the resulting complexities that ensue....heart-felt, complex, real, cannot put it down! (As an added bonus, part of the story is set in St. Louis, my hometown, making it even more interesting!)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Intense themes, expertly written novel about Brown University students of the '80s...the characters and their complexities, relationships, intellectual/academic lives and challenges...VERY interesting, but a heavier read.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Historical fiction tale of Hemingway and his relationship with his first wife, Hadley Richardson....fascinating, romantic, makes-you-want-to-travel-back-to-1920's/1930's-Paris (think of the movie, Midnight in Paris) read!

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty Year Friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow

Light-hearted, inspiring true story about 11 childhood friends who grow up in Ames, Iowa, together, and their enduring friendship despite changes in cities, interests, careers, life stages, and their stories of love, loss, marriage, family, death, challenges, memories shared, and joy.  I highly recommend to anyone who grew up with a great group of girl-friends, whether from elementary, high school, and/or college.  You will relate to the various characters and their stories, and appreciate the friendships you have shared in the past, and those that continue today.

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