Weekend Reading

I absolutely loved The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis, so when I got the chance to read her new novel, The Address, of course, I jumped on it!
I started it last night and from the first line of the first page, I loved it. It takes a skilled author to hook you from page one. The year is 1884 and Sara Smythe works at a fancy hotel in London as the head of housekeeping. She unexpectedly gets an opportunity to come to America and work at a  new building in New York City called the Dakota.
The story of Sara alternates with the story of Bailey in 1985, a young woman fresh out of rehab who gets to oversee the renovation of her cousin’s apartment in the Dakota. Sara and Bailey’s interesting stories are one hundred years apart but are so compelling that you will likely read this in one weekend which is exactly my plan.
Just like she did with The Dollhouse, the author takes a page from history and spins a wonderful tale. Is it too soon to look forward to her next novel? This book will be out in August!

I have the worst anxiety much of the time so when I read about On Edge by Andrea Petersen, I knew had to get my hands on it. No one understands anxiety better than someone who lives through it. Here’s what you need to know:
Here’s what you need to know:
A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied. She agonized over every odd physical sensation. She developed fears of driving on highways, going to movie theaters, even licking envelopes. Although having a name for her condition was an enormous relief, it was only the beginning of a journey to understand and master it—one that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail.
Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and exposure therapy. And she explores the role that genetics and the environment play in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history—from her grandmother, who, plagued by paranoia, once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter, in whom Petersen sees shades of herself.
Because everyone I talk to about anxiety either experiences it themselves or knows someone who does, this book will be a huge help to anyone who has ever had those awful moments where you feel like you can’t leave the house or your pulse starts racing out of the blue or you are suddenly bathed in a weird fear. A must read.

I haven’t read this book yet but it’s the kind of novel that I love; dark and suspenseful, maybe a little scary. If a book is compared to Gone Girl, In A Dark, Dark Wood, or Girl on the Train, chances are I am going to want to read it.
Here’s what you need to know about Are You Sleeping:
Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.
The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name. When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.
Due out in August.

From the author of A Man Called Ove comes Beartown. Fredrik Backman’s new book is already getting glowing reviews so I know I am going to love it and so are you!
Here’s the premise:
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
I’ve been reading the early reviews and its five stars after five stars. Though I am not a fan of hockey or any sport, I can definitely get into a heartwarming and touching story like this promises to be!

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