Happy Friday! It’s time for a look at some new books PLUS an author talk for those of you in the DC area. I’m out of my reading slump and I plan on tackling one of these titles next. Ready to feed your reader?
I was in a reading slump until I picked up Kathleen Flinn’s newest book Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family. If you love food or love eating food, this book is for you. Flinn’s account of her family’s history illustrates that the love of cooking and eat well is in her genes. Each chapter ends with a family member’s recipe. I’m only halfway through, but Flinn makes me wish I grew up on a farm. I discovered Flinn when I was considering culinary school, in her first book The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School. You should pick up that one too. Pre-order it now! Releases August 14, 2014
If you’re in the DC area, head over to Politics and Prose this Saturday, August 9 to hear Karin Tanabe talk about her new novel The Price of Inheritance. Carolyn is a rising star in the high-end art world at Christie’s. She stumbles upon a rare piece of Middle Eastern pottery. In her search for its origin and history, she meets Marine Sergeant Tyler who claims the piece was a gift to him from the Iraq War. They join forces to solve the mystery of the pottery, but can Carolyn really trust Tyler? On sale now.
Inamorata by Megan Chance. Set in 19th century Venice, this novel about twins American artist Joseph Hannigan and his alluring sister, Sophie, who have fled scandal in New York. They are determined to break into Venice’s expatriate set and find a wealthy patron to support Joseph’s work. Soon Joseph falls under a powerful courtesan’s spell while Sophie joins forces with the courtesan’s sworn enemy in order to save her brother. Sounds like suspenseful adventure! On sale now.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. It’s 1893 and Li Lan is the daughter of a bankrupt Chinese family who doesn’t have many marriage prospects. She receives a proposal to join a wealthy and powerful family a ghost bride to their deceased son. Ghost marriages are meant to placate a restless spirit, but Li Lan is unwillingly pulled into the dark world of Chinese afterlife. On sale now.
Looking for a mystery thriller? Try The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner. Memphis detective Bill Able was burned by his last case and now doubts his career. His instincts jump into action after the suspicious deaths of two legendary bluesmen. Together with his partner Frankie, they chase down a voodoo curse, Santerian priest, and an vintage photograph. Will they figure out the puzzle before one of them becomes hurt? On sale now.
During Book Expo America, there was a ton of buzz about Virgin by Radhika Sanghani. I haven’t read it yet, but I expect it to be a fun, wild read. Twenty-one-year-old Elie is on a mission to, what else, lose her virginity. Follow her disastrous adventures in oral sex, Brazilian waxes, and more. Sounds like the perfect book to end your summer reading with a slam, bam, thank you ma’am. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) On sale now.
Which one do you think I should read next, after I finish Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good?
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