“So, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” my husband asked a few years after our youngest son was born.
I hesitated, not wanting to appear too greedy. “Oh, I don’t really need anything,” I murmured.
“Come on,” he urged, taking me in his arms. “Tell me what you really want.”
“Um, okay. Can I have a weekend alone?”
He rolled his eyes. “Again?”
A pulse pounding mystery, a regency romance and a saucy tale of suburbanites cutting loose (with some sexy results!) are our picks of the best books of the week.
Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman
The Daniels family sets out on a road trip to a remote farm in western New York so that their eight-year-old son Reid and six-year-old daughter Ally can spend time with their paternal grandparents. En route, they stop to spend the night at a hotel…and the next morning they wake to their worst nightmare.
Barbara Albright, blogger of theemptynestmom.com, and Karen
I traveled to Portland, Oregon this month to see family and visit an old friend. When I knew we were going to visit, I decided to combine it with a book-signing event–a great way to combine a bit of business with a pleasure trip.
A charming boutique, Oblation Papers & Press, has been carrying my travel memoir among their French-inspired items. They are the first store on the west coast to carry Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log and the owner, Jennifer Rich, wholeheartedly agreed to host a Bonjour Paris Affair event. They included 20% discounts on all things French and I threw in a free French macaron from the local Pearl Bakery with each book. I even bought a new hat in Portland’s Bonnet Boutique for the occasion.
I am at a crossroads. I have entered into an internal debate over which I love more, my Nexus or a printed book. Both have their merits. Both accomplish the end result of allowing me to read. However, I can’t seem to commit to one form of book media.
Here’s where I’m at in the current debate –
Jenn Crowell’s Etched On Me tells the story of a young woman who overcomes a troubled adolescence spent in and out of psychiatric facilities, only to lose custody of her daughter when her mental health history is used against her. This coming-of-age novel is gripping and reminded us of Girl, Interrupted. Jenn answers our questions about this powerful read.
One of the best things about being a writer/historian is the guilt-free shopping I get to indulge in for books in my subject area. For the past four years while I wrote my first biography, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, I consumed ungodly amounts of books about southern history, southern women’s history, and images of women in nineteenth century art. While I try to buy from independent bookstores and used bookstores as much as possible, I am also on a first name basis with the UPS guy who delivers my weekly Amazon shipments. I typically have at least 15 books perched precariously next to my pillow—and I like to gorge on at least 3 at a time, skipping from one narrative to the next.