Anne McCarthy Strauss reads from A Medical Affair at Book Revue, Huntington, NY, the fifth largest independent bookstore in the U.S.
I grew up surrounded by books – more accurately, library books. Both my parents were avid readers, but my father, an attorney, could read circles around my mother. Every Saturday, our routine was the same. I’d hop in the back of our Plymouth Belvedere for a trip across town to the library and the supermarket.
Both raised in Brooklyn, my parents had relied on public transportation. When we moved to the suburbs, neither parent had a driver’s license. My mother lost the coin toss on which of them would take driving lessons. She became the family chauffeur.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the latest novel from Alice Hoffman, the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers. Coralie Sarder’s father runs The Museum of Extraordinary Things on Coney Island where he displays “freaks and oddities.”
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn seemed to be on everyone’s lips last year. It was one of the undisputed big mystery hits of 2013. After I read it, I had a taste for more. So I went looking for another great mystery and found Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. I dove in head first, anxious for more twists and turns, and found myself floored. How was it that this book wasn’t on everyone’s lips? In my opinion, it should have arguably been just as big as, if not bigger, than Gone Girl
“Will you marry me?”
This was my answer to my fiancée after he proposed to me this past Christmas. To be honest, it was the first thing that popped into my head. “Thank you.” But looking back on it, away from the surrealistic energy that springs with an earnest marriage proposal, it is to me, and especially for me, the perfect answer.
According to Wikipedia, lovers armed with flowers and greeting cards have celebrated Valentine’s Day since the 18-century. Whether you buy into the hype, reject it as a “Hallmark Holiday”, or something in between, it would only seem right to read a few love stories in the month of February to celebrate!
The thing about love stories is that there are all kinds – self-love, romantic love, risky love, doomed love, destined love, the list goes on. Whatever you fancy, I’ve got a suggestion for you based on ten different kinds of love.
Single this Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret. The man of your dreams might be right around the corner, ideally carrying a bouquet of books (who needs flowers?). Debbianne DeRose’s practical and fun How I Met the Man of My Dreams is just the read you need to attract love into your life.