It’s finally Spring and the days are longer, but there’s still plenty of time for good reading. Here’s what’s on my bookshelf:
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath , by Leslie Jamison
Can the story of recovery ever be as compelling as the story of addiction? Jamison blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage in her search for a story she can call her own, a story that ends in hope, not despair.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay
In her introduction to this collection of true stories, Roxane Gay points out that women have been “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out about the various forms of sexual violence in our lives. #Never Again.
Why Kill the Innocent , by C.S. Harris
My favorite Regency detective, nobleman Sebastian St. Cyr, is no stranger to murder among the high born, and his independent wife Hero also champions justice. In the freezing winter of 1814, a beautiful pianist is found dead in a snowdrift. Sebastian and Hero relentlessly pursue the guilty — even when the search leads them to a coverup at the Palace.
The Female Persuasion , by Meg Wolitzer
In this very timely story, college freshman Greer meets and becomes an admiring follower of Faith Frank, an older feminist leader along the lines of Gloria Steinem, while boyfriend Cory pursues academic and later corporate success. This begins as a college novel and ends as a very grown-up novel about leadership and loyalty, mentorship and partnership.
Fleur de Sel Murders , by Jean-Luc Bannalec
What’s going on in the salt works of Brittany? Commissaire Dupin is on the trail of false alibis, massive conflicts of interest, personal feuds, ancient Breton legends—and always the perfect cup of espresso. Visit beautiful Brittany in good company, with local color and French atmosphere galore.
The Husband Hour , by Jamie Brenner
Seeking peace and solitude, widowed Lauren retreats to her family’s old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But a stranger making a documentary about her late husband tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour of her time. That hour turns into a summer, in which secrets will be revealed and conflicts resolved. Author Jamie Brenner is the new queen of the beach read!