Wednesday, May 25

Pool Side Reads

I've finished these books recently and really liked them all. Great for reading by the pool! {btw...YAY! days by the pool are my favorite! and don't worry, I slather up in SPF 30-50}

This book is rather graphic...but SO good. A look into a world none of us (thankfully) have known. I hope there is a sequel!
"Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but then again, the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their black, enslaved mistresses. It's their open secret.

Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at Tawawa House. They have become friends over the years as they reunite and share developments in their own lives and on their respective plantations. They don't bother too much with questions of freedom, though the resort is situated in free territory–but when truth-telling Mawu comes to the resort and starts talking of running away, things change.

To run is to leave behind everything these women value most–friends and families still down South–and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances–all while they are bearing witness to the end of an era."

Written by the author of "Something Borrowed", this book was a great, quick read. I still haven't read Griffin's other books, but they are definitely on my reading list this summer.
"Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie---a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance---and even, to some degree, friendships---believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

Another book set in the late 20s (like Water for Elephants), this book will make you grateful for all that you have!
"The year is 1929 and Honora Beecher and her husband, Sexton, are just settling into a new marriage and a cottage on the coast of New Hampshire. While Honora fixes up the derelict house and searches for bits of sea glass on the beach, Sexton risks everything they own to buy the house they both love. Along with millions of other Americans, he is blindsided by the stock market crash and finds himself penniless. The only work he can find is a nearly mill, where a labour conflict is erupting into violence. Shaken by forces they scarcely understand, Honora and Sexton try to build a marriage and home while overwhelmed by passions of every kind.

Writing with the power and immediacy that have made her novels bestsellers, Shreve unfolds interlocking lives, each with its own share of love, loss and challenge. This is another gripping and unforgettable story of the human heart from one of the most accomplished novelists of our time."

Have you read any of these? What books are on your reading lists this summer?


JMW said...

I read Sea Glass a few years ago - great beach read! Have heard good things about Wench - will have to get it for this summer. :)

Katherine said...

Ooh thank you for all the recs! I'm always looking for more great summer reads :)

Natasha said...

i am currently reading "Sam Kind of Different as Me" for my book club, and definitely going to indulge in some girly reads on my honeymoon coming up--thanks for mentioning these!!

Michelle said...

I am so glad you posted this! I've been looking for some good book recommendations. I'm currently reading "The Last Summer of You & Me." So far, so good.

Michelle said...

Oh, and it's a bit late, but CONGRATS on passing the bar!! You go, girl!! :)

Ashley Borysewich said...

thanks for the recommendations! i definitely need new books!

Also, I have a giveaway going on at my blog for a $20 gift certificate to Green Apple Paperie if you're interested. They have super cute stuff!