I know. I know. You’re all dying to find out I’ve read or will be reading for February of this year. Because I don’t want it to get in the way of your day-to-day life, here’s what I think you should be reading this month:
February 6, 2018 | Penguin Press
I haven’t read this, but it’s on my list of must reads. A collections of essays by the smart, spectacular Smith, Feel Free gathers together some of Smith’s best essays, both published and unpublished. Known for her brilliant fiction, Smith also writes reviews on a range of topics. Her essays cover culture, politics, and her own life. I love a good essay, and this should fill my need for awhile!
February 6, 2018 | St. Martin’s Press
Literary Fiction, Family Life, Historical Fiction
This one I have read, and I never wanted it to end. It’s the story of the Allbright family and their move to Alaska in the 1970’s. Ernt Allbright is a lost man, returning to the states after the Vietnam and a brutal confinement it a POW camp. Thirteen-year-old Leni must move with her father and her mother Cora, and it first Alaska seems perfect. Once there though, Leni quickly learns that beauty can hold unspeakable heartbreak and danger, both inside and outside of her home. Here’s my full review.
February 6, 2018 | Berkley
Literary Fiction, Family, Historical Fiction
Finally, finally!, an historical fiction book that doesn’t revolve around war or intrigue! As Bright as Heaven tells the story of the Bright family dealing with the difficulties of day-to-day life in post-World War I Philadelphia. Beautiful and poignant.
February 6, 2018 | Flatiron Books
Suspense, Literary Thriller, Australian Mystery
Jane Harper’s debut novel, The Dry, was an incredible page-turner, telling the story of Australian Federal Agent Aaron Falk’s return home to solve a mystery with a stunning ability. I was VERY excited to read her follow up, which continues with Falk and his new partner solving another mystery. This one takes place in another region of the Australian Outback, where a corporate retreat has gone bad, and Falk’s informant has gone missing. Everyone on the retreat tells a slightly different story, and everyone has a motive. The mystery is nearly perfect, but Harper’s ability to paint a picture and tell the story is spot on. Full review here.
February 6, 2018 | Algonquin Books
Another one I haven’t read yet, but it was my Book of Month pick for February (which should be here today, YAY!!!). The story of a couple on course to have a wonderful life, until Roy, the young executive husband, is arrested and sentenced to prison for a crime his wife, Celestial, knows he didn’t commit. When his conviction is overturned five years later, they attempt to put their life back together, although everything about them has changed.
February 13, 2018 | The Dial Press
Witty and emotional in Kinsella’s signature style, this is the perfect Valentine’s day book for those of us that are comfortable in our marriage — a little too comfortable.
February 13, 2018 | Picador
Literary Fiction, Dark Humor
This one brings together a colorful cast of characters during a Florida condo board elections, telling a story of petty crime, family love, Jewish identity, and life in Florida in 2017.
February 13, 2018 | Atria Books
Literary Fiction, Jewish Fiction, World Fiction
The story of a young man ready to serve and fight in the Israeli army, but conflicted when he finds friendship with Palestinian twins, the daughter and son of his mother’s friend. This is a story of how morally complex war and borders are, and Rothman-Zecher tells the story with stark honesty.
February 20, 2017 | William Morrow
Suspense, Modern Noir
A woman with a past. A man sent to find her. And then they fall in love. Then someone dies. Was it an accident? By now, the two are so caught up in each other and their life in a small Delaware town that they can’t let go. But what’s the truth? Will their love survive? Will they? Dark, dusty, and a throw back to the noir books of old, Lippman struts her stuff and shows readers how she slays with words.
February 27, 2018 | Lake Union
Women’s Fiction, Domestic Life
I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m excited for it (the title, I think). As a woman in her 50’s, Maggie has a pretty good life. She’s riddled, though, with a list of anxieties, but she’s pretty confident in her marriage. Until her husband of thirty years leaves her. It’s then that she realizes that while she’s been taking care of everyone around her, she’s become invisible and lost. And it’s time for her to rebuild her life.
So that’s it. That’s what I loved and what I’m excited to read. Let me know what you think!!!