Sarah's Summer Picks
Never before have a read a love story so immersive, so immediate, so completely overwhelming. I kept thinking how I couldn’t really believe it was a young adult book – I kept envisioning it sitting on a display on par with The Nightingale. I thought I knew a great deal about both World Wars as I’ve been fascinated by them for most of my life, but not only did I enjoy the plot, I learned a great deal about the front in France and how all the different groups of people who came there for many reasons from all over the world interacted with each other.
Jenny Colgan has become pracitcally a cult Towne Book Center favorite author. I've rarely seen so many of her books on other stores' shelves and since I brought The Bookshop on the Corner into the store, I've seen her popularity increase her in leaps and bounds. This is her most recent, and most serious work yet, but is full of her trademark wit and showcases some amazing friendships, as well as a sweet romance - all the things one wants in a great summer read!
D-Day Girls first drew me in with its Erik Larson blurb and I stayed for the amazing English and French women who risked so much to relay information to the Allies before D-Day. It strikes me as a nonfiction companion to the story of the younger sister in Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.
If you haven’t seen or heard of Iliza, allow me to introduce her to you. She is a stand-up comic (but so much more!) and she won Last Comic Standing – the youngest and first woman to ever do so. Her honest and confident approach to life make her a role model for all young women, as well as her peers. And she freely admits that she doesn’t have everything sorted out – that her life is still a work in progress and her success is not a measuring stick for others’. The topics she covers in Girl Logic stem from the female-centered topics of her stand-up and focuses on three primary relationships: the relationship with have with ourselves, with other women, and with men.
What a fun book! I started reading and absolutely could not put it down. I'm a sucker for a great royal adventure and characters with good chemistry. The Royal Runaway certainly did not disappoint, and it's Scottish and Scandinavian setting made me love it even more!
Written in collaborative with his Princess Bride costars, As You Wish makes me love the movie and the cast even more. The fact that 30 years after the movie was released, the cast are still in regular contact and still get on well enough to all contribute to the book is an absolute delightful thing to witness. The way the different cast members memories are woven together is pitch perfect for the movie and you often feel like you’re on set with Cary, Robin, Mandy and the others as the narrative moves forward. If you have any sort of love or enjoyment of the film, I wholeheartedly recommend reading As You Wish.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Queen Elizabeth II's sister Princess Margaret was, at best a difficult woman, and at worst a terrible human being. But like most tabloid fodder (and trainwrecks) it is next to impossible to turn away. Or in this case, stop turning pages. It's a fun and dishy book, perfect for fans of the rebellious and trouble-making royals.
Novelistic nonfiction is the moniker attributed to Erik Larson’s particular brand of history writing, meaning, he chooses what to write about based on his ability to find a narrative embedded naturally in an historic event, and Dead Wake is no exception. The “narrative” found in Dead Wake is really a blend of about ten narratives, switching between the passengers on the ill-fated Lusitania, its captain, the commander of the U-boat that sank it, the employees of the mysterious Room 40, as well as Churchill and President Wilson.