As I mentioned in my first article, it is very important to do something for yourself each and every day. Whether you are a busy mom at work full-time or freelancing, there is nothing like being able to loose yourself in a great novel. Over the past number of years I have traveled not only throughout the United States, but to France, Italy, Costa Rica, and Guatemala (didn’t discuss books there)—point being I love talking to new people. Depending on whom I am speaking with, I will ask what they are currently reading. I have been known to just create list after list of great books. I used to get at least five emails a day from people I had met wanting to know what I can recommend for them to read. On a recent trip to Paris, I met people from all over the world and again one of my questions is always what book have you recently read that you could not put down.
Below is a list of books (I have not read all personally) but I trust my sources…so if they say it is good, I add it to my list…and trust me… I don’t just add books to take up space on paper.
This Is Where I leave you by Jonathan Tropper
A riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
A powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond that explores the enduring links between the present and the past.
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
Brimming with barely contained passion and cruelty, the precision of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession, and the fear of failure-the Glass Room contains it all.
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Continuation from the Shanghai Girls (which is also a great book). Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in DREAMS OF JOY, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
Where You Left Me by Jennifer Gardiner Trulson
Jennifer tells an ordinary woman’s extraordinary tale of unimaginable loss, resilience, friendship, love, and healing-which is also New York City’s narrative in the wake of September 11th. An unlikely love story, a quintessentially New York Story-at once Jennifer’s tribute to the city that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.
Leaving the World by Douglas Kennedy
A Riveting portrait of a brilliant woman that reflects the way we live now, of the many routes we follow in course of a single life, and of the arbitrary nature of destiny.
Wanderlust: A Love Affair by Elisabeth Eaves
A journey of self-discovery. Eaves finds herself and the sense of home she’s been lacking since childhood-and she sheds light on a growing culture of young women who have the freedom and inclination to define their own, increasingly global, lifestyles, unfettered by traditional roles and conventions of past generations of women.