Thursday, June 20, 2013

Here's what I'm reading...

If you are looking for a new book, or are stuck in a reading rut, check out one of these. I loved them and you will too. Trust me, I'm a doctor. Just kidding, but I do work at a library.

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
This is THE edge of your seat book. It has been on the best seller list for over a year. That has to mean something, right? Gone Girl is set in small town Missouri, where married former NYC writers Nick and Amy have been forced to move after Nick's parents' heath has failed. Amy is the apple of her parents' eyes and the main character of their hit series of children's books, Amazing Amy. But when Amy goes missing, Nick's world is changed in ways he never knew were possible. The book is always revealing secrets and leaving you aching to know what really happened to Amy.
Written in an interesting format that never leaves you bored, Flynn rotates narrators every other chapter. Between Amy's journal entries and Nick's live narrative, it is a constant battle to choose who is right, who is sane and what can a marriage really do to people?
I have heard rumors that Reese Witherspoon has purchased the rights to the movie version and will be playing Amy. EEEEEKK!

The Obituary Writer
by Ann Hood
This historical fiction is my new favorite. I love melancholy history filled family dramas. (Drowning Ruth is another favorite). Like Gone Girl, each chapter is back and foreth between two narrators. The first is Claire, an early 1960's housewife struggling to find her purpose and the point of her unhappy marriage. Her struggle between what she expects and what is expected from her is an ongoing tug of war. Claire may seem like a normal mother, but she has secrets that she won't even let herself uncover. The second narrator is Vivien, the obituary writer set in 1920. Using her occupation to heal her own wounds caused by death, or the lack there of. These characters are shockingly connected, as revealed late in the book. The whole read will have you guessing which path each woman will take, and leave you understanding death and the power of grief.
I just started reading The Darkling,
Other books I suggest:
Drowning Ruth
Between, Georgia
To Kill a Mockingbird (of course)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Lovely Bones
Go Ask Alice

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