TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A NEW RELEASE FROM AN OLD FAVORITE…

Tick Tock!  It’s time to check those new releases!  Another reason to love Tuesdays, a day when a lot of new books are released.

So far, I’ve downloaded one new book, but it is one I’ve been eagerly awaiting.  The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding, reminds me that having favorite authors for many years can be like finding a treasure with each new release.  A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets, from the author of Someone Is Watching and See Jane Run, (probably the first book I read by the author).

 

Synopsis:  There was no shortage of words she could use to describe her father, almost none of them complimentary. Serves you damn right, she thought.
 
A voice mail from her estranged sister, Melanie, sends Robin’s heart racing and her mind spiraling in a full-blown panic attack. Melanie’s message is dire: Their father, his second wife, and his twelve-year-old stepdaughter have been shot—likely in a home invasion—and lie in the hospital in critical condition.
           
It’s been more than five years since Robin turned her back on her father when he married her best friend. Five years since she said goodbye to her hometown of Red Bluff, California, and became a therapist. More than two years since Robin and Melanie have spoken. Yet even with all that distance and time and acrimony, the past is always with Robin.

Now she must return to the family she left behind. As she attempts to mend fences while her father clings to life, Robin begins to wonder if there is more to the tragedy than a botched burglary attempt. It seems that everyone—Robin’s mercurial sister, her less-than-communicative nephew, her absent brother, and even Tara, her father’s wife—has something to hide. And someone may have put them all in grave danger.

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Definitely another book to enjoy!  What, if any, new releases are you eager to start reading?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: HANGING OUT WITH A FAVORITE AUTHOR….

Today is a Musings kind of day…so I’m linking up to Ambrosia, at The Purple Booker.  Check out these prompts!

 

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION:If you could be best friends with an author, who would you choose and why?

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I always wanted to hang out with Louisa May Alcott, because I loved her books as a child.  Even now, I admire her, and named my laptop after her (Louisa May).

But as for contemporary authors, there are many I admire…but I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth Berg for many years.  Her books show us the ordinary details of daily living…and change them into extraordinary moments.  One of my favorites:  Open House, which became an Oprah book club pick…and later a TV movie.

 

 

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Blurb:  Samantha’s husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany’s, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage.

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What are your Monday thoughts?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: WEAVING A TAPESTRY OF BEAUTIFUL BOOKS — JAN. 21

curl up and read

On a Monday morning, there is nothing that sings cozy more than a visit to an Amazon page and finding a new book by a favorite author!

I talked about another favorite author’s new book a few days ago, at my Friday Potpourri; today I stumbled upon Elizabeth Berg’s newest book via an e-mail.

Tapestry of Fortunes is coming in April…and, of course, I preordered it.  Despite my vows to curb those impulses and read primarily from my stacks…or even Sparky, my Kindle.

But this one is coming in print format…for my shelves.

tapestry of fortunes

Don’t you love that cover?  Here’s the blurb:

In this superb new novel by the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Open House, Home Safe, and The Last Time I Saw You, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes.

Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move—all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction.

She downsizes her life, sells her suburban Minnesota home and lets go of many of her possessions. She moves into a beautiful old house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef’s kitchen, and three housemates: Lise, the home’s owner and a divorced mother at odds with her twenty-year-old daughter; Joni, a top-notch sous chef at a first-rate restaurant with a grade A jerk of a boss; and Renie, the youngest and most mercurial of the group, who is trying to rectify a teenage mistake. These women embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves long denied. For Cece, that means finding Dennis Halsinger. Despite being “the one who got away,” Dennis has never been far from Cece’s thoughts.

In this beautifully written novel, leaving home brings revelations, reunions, and unexpected turns that affirm the inner truths of women’s lives. “Maybe Freud didn’t know the answer to what women want, but Elizabeth Berg certainly does,” said USA Today. Elizabeth Berg has crafted a novel rich in understanding of women’s longings, loves, and abiding friendships, which weave together into a tapestry of fortunes that connects us all.

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April can’t come fast enough for me!  And then right afterwards comes May and the beautiful Beth Hoffman book I celebrated on my Friday Potpourri post

Do you have favorite authors whose books you can’t wait to read?

HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A BLAST FROM THE PAST — MARCH 7

Mid-week again!  What happened to Monday and Tuesday?

Ah, yes, Monday was that day I was chasing down a book lost in the post office.  I was also running errands.

Tuesday was too windy to do much except stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.

But I did go to the mailbox, and found a lovely book from the seventies, reprinted and re-released a couple of months ago.

Marge Piercy was our favorite back in the day.  The first book of hers I read was called Small Changes.  We read it collectively, as a book club/consciousness-raising group.  That book changed our lives.  We talked about the characters, the issues, and tried to apply the ideals to our lives.

“Marge Piercy is a raw, tough, willfull, magnificent novelist.”
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Set against the early days of the modern feminist movement, SMALL CHANGES tells the story of sensual Miriam Berg, who trades her doctorate for marriage and security, but still hungers for a life of her own and shy, frightened Beth who is running from the life Miriam seeks and into a new world of different ideas and a different kind of love…..

We went on to read many other books by this author, and I even enjoyed several of her memoirs.

Sleeping with Cats is a peek into the author’s life, from childhood on; I can totally picture her world as she fills the pages with beautiful prose.

Marge Piercy, a writer who is highly praised as both a poet and a novelist, turns her gaze inward as she shares her thoughts on life and explores her development as a woman and writer. She pays tribute to the one loving constant that has offered her comfort and meaning even as the faces and events in her life have changed — her beloved cats.

With searing honesty, Piercy tells of her strained childhood growing up in a religiously split, working-class family in Detroit. She examines her myriad friendships and relationships, including two painful early marriages, and reveals their effects on her creativity and career. More than a reminiscence of things past, however, Sleeping With Cats is also a celebration of the present and the future, as Piercy shares her views on aging, creativity, and finding a lasting and improbable love with a man fourteen years younger than herself.

A chronicle of the turbulent and exciting journey of one artist’s life, Sleeping With Cats is a deeply intimate, unforgettable story.

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Now…onto my mailbox yesterday.  Dance the Eagle to Sleep is one I somehow missed back then.  So when I was doing a scroll through Piercy’s author page on Amazon and discovered it, of course I had to order it!

Originally published in 1970, Marge Piercy’s second novel follows the lives of four teenagers in a near-future society as they rebel against a military draft and “the system.” The occupation of Franklin High School begins, and with it, the open rebellion of America’s youth against their channeled, unrewarding lives and the self-serving, plastic society that directs them. From the disillusionment and alienation of the young at the center of the revolt to their attempts to build a visionary new society, the nationwide following they gain, and the brutally complete repression that inevitably follows, this is a future fiction without a drop of fantasy. As driving, violent, and nuanced today as it was 40 years ago, this anniversary edition includes a new introduction by the author reflecting unapologetically on the novel and the times from which it emerged.

Now you know why I’m feeling nostalgic.  Of course I’ll have to reread Small Changes and Sleeping with Cats.  And some of the others I have by this author.

What authors do you enjoy so much that you get goosebumps when you hear about something they’ve written?  Something you missed along the way, or something you have to reread?

I’m going to curl up and read for the rest of the week!

My favorite reading spot!

And here’s another I’m reading today:

I should finish this one this morning!

What are you reading now?