I am so happy because I have new books that arrived on my doorstep Monday! Now that I’m out of school I can enjoy reading a book for leisure; almost ten years of nothing but textbooks can do that to a person. I’ve very picky when it comes to books so it is difficult for me to choose books that I would actually like. I can spend hours searching online and in-store for that one good book and then sometimes I become frustrated and walk away empty handed. But now I have to books that I’m looking forward to reading and from what I’ve heard, they’re good ones.
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view – that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.
I think my Summer will be filled with some fantastic reads. There’s nothing like sitting in the backyard with a tall cool glass of lemonade and reading a fantastic book.
What are you reading this summer?
Book descriptions courtesy of Indigo Books.