Are you wondering what to read next? The following five books are published this month. The stories are diverse, but all have a common theme of second chances.
These books were discussed on WJMC 1240 AM with Sally B. on Wednesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.
By Carol Cassella
Addison and Claire Boehning seem to lead a charmed life. Addison is a brilliant biochemist who made his fortune by inventing a simple blood test that diagnosed ovarian cancer. Claire left her medical studies to be a mother. They live in an upscale Seattle neighborhood until the bottom drops out of their American dream. Addison’s research facility is discredited by unfavorable test results on a new drug and their backers pull out their money. The Boehnings are forced to sell their posh home and retreat to a fixer upper house in eastern Washington. Claire must resume her medical career while Addison searches for new investors. With little experience and no accreditation, Claire considers herself lucky to land a job at a free clinic for immigrants. Her experiences tending to these hardworking people cause her to question what she really wants from life and what it is worth to get it.
By Sophie Kinsella
The latest book in Kinsella’s Shopaholic series features Becky Brandon as she continues her name-brand obsessed lifestyle. When she’s told that her family needs to economize due to economy woes, she responds by planning a surprise birthday party for her husband to cheer everybody up. However, economizing is just one of her concerns as she juggles her demanding toddler, the party rapidly going over budget and her faltering personal-shopping business.
By Sara Gruen
The newest book by the acclaimed author of Water for Elephants. Journalist John Thigpen interviews lead linguistics researcher Isabel at the Great Ape Language Lab just prior to an explosion that rips apart the lab. The apes are kidnapped and sold to a movie producer who creates a reality tv show about these mysterious creatures. John and Isabel work together searching for the apes and hoping to free them from this exploitation.
The Widower’s Tale
By Julia Glass
Percy Darling, 70, the narrator of Glass’s fourth novel, takes comfort in certitudes: he will never leave his historic suburban Boston house, he is done with love (still guilty about his wife’s death 30 years ago), and his beloved grandson Robert, a Harvard senior, will do credit to the family name. This beautifully paced story in which certainties give way to surprising reversals of fortune. Glass handles the coalescing plot elements with astute insights into the complexity of family relationships, the gulf between social classes, and our modern culture of excess to create a dramatic, thought-provoking, and immensely satisfying novel.
By Emma Donoghue
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.