Weekend Reading

What a great spring for amazing books! I wish I had more time in my days to read. Here’s what is on my radar right now…
I am getting a lot of requests for thrillers or mysteries. People want books like Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors. Remember when people were going crazy over chick-lit? Now we can’t get enough of page turners.
This book, Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison, looks so good because its easy to see from the synopsis below how a bad marriage can spiral into something dark and nasty.
Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. 
Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

I love a memoir! There’s nothing like the ability to see life from a new perspective and I am grateful to the fearless writers who allow us to peek into their experiences.
In The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, the author has lived a life of ups and downs, mostly ups. She’s lived a really great and exciting life in New York City as a writer and enjoyed her career and her ambitions as a single woman. Then she falls in love and that relationship leads to Ariel getting pregnant.
But how quickly things can turn. Ariel is forced to deal with a miscarriage and her wife’s alcoholism which leads to divorce. Its Ariel’s beautiful writing that I most enjoyed about this one exploring relationships, love, loss, career, alcoholism, and grief.
Here’s what you need to know:
When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.
Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.
“I wanted what we all want: everything. We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising. We want to be youthful adventurers and middle-aged mothers. We want intimacy and autonomy, safety and stimulation, reassurance and novelty, coziness and thrills. But we can’t have it all.”

I’ve followed Joyce Maynard for years on Facebook and was aware of her husband’s struggles with cancer. I read her long, beautifully written posts and felt her pain as her beloved husband died. So I was eager to get my hands on her memoir, The Best of Us.
In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn’t mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.
Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple–to be a true partner and to have one.
This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce’s return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

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