Students are back to school and many book groups are resuming their schedule after the summer hiatus. Both of this month's selections would be great book club choices, but even without a group discussion, they are worth reading.
August brings not only the annual excitement of the Saratoga season, but the thrill of welcoming a book by a new local author. In addition, there is a first-time historical novelist whose new book provides a fresh look at a much-reviled royal mistress.
There are so many books being published in June and July that I struggled to choose which ones to review.
May brings us a sequel to a mystery first published in 1987, and a wonderful historical novel whose protagonist is an Albany midwife. Settle in for a month of good reading!
This month brings two wonderful novels, perfect for Mother's Day gift-giving, should you be looking to buy a gift or perhaps gently hinting for one. One is by an established talent, and one by an up and coming author--I hope you'll enjoy both!
Oddly enough, both of this month's authors hail from Oneonta, N.Y. In another peculiar coincidence, both books are published by Simon & Schuster. I am not promulgating a conspiracy theory; serendipity sometimes works in mysterious ways!
This month's book selections look at advice: one author gives it, and another author takes it
to an extreme. Whether you are a fan of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"or a devoted Oprah watcher, there is something for you to enjoy this month.
Towards the end of the year, publishers slow down on publishing novels and start producing holiday gift books. Usually non-fiction, gift books are perfect for the person whose literary tastes you aren't sure of, but whose interests (travel, cooking, humor, sports, etc.) are sure to be represented in the most recently published books. This month, I am reviewing a Christmas memoir; humor, both televised and in comic strip form; and beginner cookbooks both glossy and practical. Happy holidays!
This fall, publishers are pulling out all the stops in an effort to encourage everyone to read more and to choose books as holiday gifts.
August is all about Saratoga in the Capital Region. Fortunately for us, local author
Eric Luper's newest novel, Bug Boy, is being released just in time for track season.