Feed Your Reader: Turkey Day Edition

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Today we commence cooking preparations for Thanksgiving. My husband is in charge of the turkey and I make everything else. I think it’s a fair trade. I’m also looking forward to a long weekend of not cooking (yay leftovers!) so I can curl up on the couch and read. On our Facebook page, I asked some friends to recommend some recent reads they’ve enjoyed. Hopefully one of these will strike your interest!


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Kate from Kate’s POV recommends these two books. I’ve heard great things about the first book. Kate calls them “peculiar and fabulous” in her review. The Kindle editions for both titles are currently under $5, so a perfect to add them to your reader!

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Nioke of Books On the Metro says this incredible book offers a fascinating history and is a page-turner!

Lexicon by Max Barry. Eunice from Random Walk on Mommy Street picked up this title based on my review. She’s been raving about it ever since. I’m always happy when someone loves a book I recommend.

As for me, I’m currently reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, a novel about a mixed race Chinese American family living in Ohio in the 1970s. One morning they wake up to discover the oldest and favorite daughter is missing, perhaps dead. I started with the audiobook and was totally sucked in. I’m switching to the ebook because my mind wanders sometimes when I listen to audiobooks. I don’t want to miss anything!

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a copy of our December book club selection The Mill River Redemption! It ends soon.

December Book Club: The Mill River Redemption + Giveaway

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Since we coming upon a 4-day weekend for our Thanksgiving holiday, why not get a jumpstart on December? Our December book club selection is the perfect for curling up on the couch with a hot cup of chocolate or tea. From Left to Write book club members are reading The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan.

I think you’ll be charmed by the residents at Mill River, just like I was. Meet Josie and her daughters:

Josie DiSanti is starting over. Recently widowed, she has fled her New York City home with her two young daughters—spirited Rose and shy Emily—in tow. She takes refuge in Mill River, Vermont, to live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard, the local bookstore owner and a woman Josie barely knows. There, the young mother and her girls build a new life for themselves—until a shocking tragedy tears the sisters apart.

Years later, Josie’s still-estranged daughters return to the quiet town for the reading of their mother’s will, which stipulates that they must work together to locate a hidden key to a safe-deposit box containing their inheritance. Even from the great beyond, it seems Josie will do anything to bring about her daughters’ reconciliation. Having no choice but to go along with their mother’s final wishes, Rose and Emily move back to Mill River for the summer to begin the search—discovering that, in the close-knit community known for magic and miracles, an even greater treasure awaits them.

After you read The Mill River Redemption, make sure you read more about how Mill River began in The New York Times bestseller The Mill River RecluseWe’ll be back in a few weeks with a Q&A with Darcie. In the meantime, pick up your copy of The Mill River Redemption and join From Left to Write members on December 2 to discuss the novel.

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

More about the author: Darcie Chan is the author of The Mill River Recluse, a debut novel that became a word-of-mouth e-book sensation. With nearly 700,000 copies sold, The Mill River Recluse appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for 30 weeks and became a heartwarming favorite of readers across the country.

Darcie was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the small towns of Brandon, Wisconsin, La Junta and Cheraw, Colorado, and Paoli, Indiana. Thanks to loving and supportive parents who are both educators, she learned to read and write at an early age. She has two younger sisters, with whom she is very close. 
Currently, Darcie lives just north of New York City with her husband and son. 

Learn more about Darcie at her website. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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