After months of freezing temps, mountains of snow, and icy roads, the unofficial start of summer is almost here! These are the new releases we’ll be reading this Memorial Day weekend.
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
Greer Hennessy has a pretty cool job as a movie location scout. Unfortunately for Greer, her last project ended in disaster and her entire career is on the line if she can’t find just the right spot for a big blockbuster movie in the works.
Although I’ve lived in San Francisco for the last 20 years, I have deep ties to the Midwest. I grew up in Chicago and Wisconsin and spent my childhood summers at the lake cabin my grandfather built in the northern Midwest. Even now, we still visit this cabin every summer. My parents, my sisters, and all our children arrive in July and August and set off from the dock in old canoes, taking in the tranquil beauty of the lake. We reconnect with old neighbors and friends and visit the variety store, the cafés, and the shops in the nearby town, all of which has been an inspiration for the town in my Butternut Lake series.
But that’s not all that influenced my decision to set my series in the Midwest. Long before I began writing novels, I read books that inspired me to become a writer. Five books that I read before the age of 18 come to mind. They are all set in small towns in the Midwest from the 1850s to the 1950s. In fact, I can’t imagine a list of books set in the Midwest not including these five:
Ever wonder how the final image ends up on a book cover? Here’s a fascinating look at the many many incarnations Random House went through for Jill Alexander Essbaum’s recent novel, Hausfrau.
Luckiest Girl Alive is one of the most buzzed about books of the year. Author Jessica Knoll answers our questions about her debut.
Luckiest Girl Alive is being compared to two of our all time favorites, Prep and Gone Girl. But what did you have in mind when writing?
I’ve actually never read Prep and I really need to! I have no doubt it is a wonderful book because so many writers I respect adore it. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn’s first novel, is my favorite of her books and was hugely influential in terms of helping me identify the kind of book I wanted to write, which was something dark and shocking.
The Brontë sisters, an edge of your seat thriller and the most buzzed about book of the year (so far!) make up our list for the can’t miss reads of the week!
The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz
The Brontë sisters helped cement an early love of literature for us over at Shelf Pleasure and for that reason alone, we’re interested in this biography that details the lives and works of the famous siblings.
I write in a recliner with a trackball on my chest. I’ve done so ever since my first detachable keyboard around 1980. I had a desk built to fit this reclining style a few years before my daughter was born in 1986. As you can see, the recliner worked out well when she was an infant.