Stacey’s Summer Book Club: Part Two

Author: Stacey DuFord

I have been reading my way through the summer.  Have you read anything good? If you’re looking for suggestions for the second half of summer here’s a few more books I’ve read or are on my list. Again, if you’ve read anything good let the rest of know!

 

 We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride – Three lives are about to collide. A middle aged woman attempting to revive her marriage. A returning soldier waking up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there. A very brave eight-year-old immigrant boy.

 

Longbourn by Jo Baker – An irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, where the servants take center stage.  There is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

 

The Patron Saint of Ugly by Marie Manilla – Born with flaming red hair and a map of the world rendered in port-wine stains on every surface of her body, Garnet Ferrari is used to being an outcast.  She has always known how to defend herself against bullies and aggressors, but finds she is less adept at fending off the pilgrims who have set up a veritable tent city outside her hilltop home, convinced that she is Saint Garnet, healer of skin ailments and maker of miracles.

 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart –  Each summer the wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family meets on their private island and We Were Liars is the story of what happened there; particularly one year the protagonist, Cadence, can’t seem to remember through her migraine haze.

 

The Actress by Amy Sohn – An ambitious young actress discovers that every marriage is a mystery, and that sometimes the greatest performances don’t take place on screen.

 

Arts & Entertainments by Christopher Beha – A hilariously biting and incisive take-down of our culture’s monstrous obsession with fame.  The story of Handsome Eddie Hartley who, at thirty-three, has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys’ prep school. But when Eddie and his wife, Susan, discover they cannot have children, it is one disappointment too many.

 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – A beautiful, stunningly ambitious story about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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