about book: "Signs of Life is the fearless, inspiring debut memoir from Natalie Taylor. At the age of twenty four, Natalie had a fulfilling job as a high school English teacher, a wonderful husband, a new house and a baby on the way. Then, while visiting her sister four months before the birth of her son, Natalie is leveled by the loss of her husband in a freak accident. What follows is an incredibly powerful emotional journey, as Natalie calls upon resources she didn’t even know she had in order to re-imagine and re-build a life for her and her son. In vivid and immediate detail, Natalie documents this journey: from the day of Josh’s death, through unexpected joys of her new life the utterly breathtaking, but often overwhelming new motherhood and her healing return to the classroom, all delivered in a way that feels like Natalie’s right beside you in her bathrobe and with a glass of wine--the cool, funny girlfriend you love to stay up all night with."
my thoughts: Diary confessions that will break your heart.
my thoughts: Exciting read about CIA married couple.
my thoughts: "Family" drama in more ways than one.
my thoughts: Intense thriller filled with action and suspense.
my thoughts: Historical fiction set in Spain: violence and betrayal ensue.
about book: "Road To Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, Italian cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history by winning the race twice with ten years and World War II in between his wins. Bartali was not only a cycling hero but secretly sheltered a family of Jews in an apartment he financed with his cycling winnings during World War II. Set in Italy and France against the turbulent backdrop of an unforgiving sport and threatening politics, Road To Valor is the breathtaking account of one man’s unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity."
my thoughts: A well-researched and fascinating read about cyclist, Gino Bartali.
my thoughts: True crime story told in a spellbinding narrative.
my thoughts: Interesting and engaging story about a cast of colorful characters.
about book: "Michael Frayn is recognized as one of the greatest living English dramatists, known for such critically acclaimed plays as Noises Off and three-time Tony winner Copenhagen. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Headlong (Booker Prize finalist), Spies and, most recently, his memoir, My Father’s Fortune. Skios is his first novel in ten years, and the greatmaster of farce turns to an exclusive island retreat for a comedy of mislaid identities, unruly passions, and demented, delicious disorder."
my thoughts: Farcical novel filled with misunderstandings that will have you laughing out loud.
about book: "Karen Nieto grew up as a feral child, left alone to wander the beach near her family’s failing tuna cannery. But when her aunt Isabelle comes to Mexico to take over the family business, she discovers a real girl amidst the squalor. Karen, an autistic savant, soon finds freedom not only in the love of her aunt, but also swimming amongst the creatures of the sea. Karen is defined by the things she can’t do until her gifts with animals are finally put to use to save the fishery: Consolation Tuna will be the first humane tuna fishery on the planet. Greenpeace approves, fame and fortune follow, and Karen is swept on a global journey that shows how our lives can defy even our own wildest expectations."
my thoughts: Remarkable tale about a uniquely gifted girl.
about book: " A wickedly funny, outrageous, and gritty memoir. Dirty, hard-core, transformative, Klonopin Lunch is Jessica’s hilarious and uncensored journey down the rabbit hole and back out again, from Upper East Side good girl, to the rock and roll bad girl she never was. This incredibly entertaining book is an excellent summer read for anyone who has ever wanted to break (or in this case smash) the mold."
my thoughts: Page-turner about a woman who dives head first into the sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll lifestyle.
about book: "Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all – until the hedge fund he ran, Bayou, imploded and he became the target of a nationwide manhunt. Born into one of America’s most illustrious trading families, Israel was determined to strike out on his own. So after apprenticing with one of the greatest hedge fund traders of the 1980’s, Sam founded his own fund and promised his investors guaranteed profits. With the proprietary computer program he’d created, he claimed to be able to predict the future. But his future was already beginning to unravel. After suffering devastating losses and fabricating fake returns, Israel knew it was only a matter of time before his real performance would be discovered, so when a former black-ops intelligence operative told him about a “secret market” run by the Fed, Israel bet his last $150 million on a chance to make billions. Thus began his year-long adventure in “the Upperworld” -- a society populated by clandestine bankers, shady European nobility, and spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a mysterious cabal known as the Octopus. Whether the “secret market” was real or a con, Israel was all in – and as the pressures mounted and increasingly sinister violence crept into his life, he struggled to break free of the Octopus’ tentacles."
my thoughts: Con man's story about getting caught up in a fraud-ster's world.
my thoughts: Fascinating account of trekking through the Amazon rainforest and the plight of the Amazonian natives.
about book: "From Blood introduces readers to Shannon Fairchild, a brilliant but troubled woman who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to settle into an unambitious life cleaning the homes of the wealthy in a California seaside community. When her academic parents are brutally murdered, Shannon discovers that they were part of the radical anti-war movement of the 60s and begins to suspect that their killer’s motive may lie in their past… She soon finds that they were friends of Diana Burke and John Paul West, two of America’s most wanted fugitives, anti-war militants who went underground after a fatal bombing in 1968 and never resurfaced. Propelled by her Propelled by her mother’s dying words – "Find them and warn them" – Shannon sets out on a mission to locate the couple and tell them that someone is after them – someone much more dangerous than the FBI. Her search, which begins in California and ranges through much of western America, takes her into unexplored territory as she discovers an unexpected personal connection to Burke and West. As she unearths long-buried secrets while trying to stay one step ahead of a shadowy killer, she feels the passions of the tumultuous Sixties being reborn, and she now knows that nothing is more dangerous than someone willing to die for a cause…"
my thoughts: Well written mystery novel filled with intriguing twists and turns.
And there you have some of the great books that I've read this year. Check them out - you won't be disappointed!