“First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.” Who can resist those opening sentences? Richard Ford sends his 15-year-old narrator from his Montana home to the wide-open prairies of Canada in a coming-of-age saga told with the spare, unhurried prose of a master storyteller. Master Storytelling, Reading Book, Open Sentence, Summer Reading, Daily Candies, Sounds Super, Candies Lists, Richard Ford, San Francisco
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In general, we don’t go for memoirs interspersed with recipes, but Alyssa Shelasky’s unpretentious prose leaves us hungry for more. After losing her way in life, a self-professed kitchenphobe finds direction again when she bellies up to the stove. It’s not literature, but it sure is fun.
Isabella Robinson’s diary contains passionate details about her illicit affair with the dashing Dr. Edward Lane — and, of course, her boring husband finds it. Kate Summerscale vividly recreates the scandalous 1858 divorce trial (and Victorian-age sexual politics) that caused even Queen Victoria to get the vapors.
The black Lab on the cover drew us in; Jacqueline Sheehan’s prose kept us there. The sequel to her best-selling Lost & Found combines love, loss, a grieving widow, and a troubling phone call from a young woman who claims to be the heroine’s dead husband’s daughter. Our beach bag snapped open in anticipation.
Not only is Chris Cleave’s latest installment wrought with ingenious similes and fast-paced wit (readers of Little Bee, you know what we mean), but the story of a complicated friendship between two Olympic bikers serves as highbrow pregame to the London events.
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