reads of 2015
But most importantly, don’t forget to grab
a great read before you hit the beach. You’ll
want to pack one of these books the next time
you’re planning a day of fun in the sun.
By Laura Serino
Throne Of Glass
|Thirty girls |
By Susan Minot
This harrowing tale begins with the kidnapping of Ugandan girls from a boarding school as one of the school’s nuns, Sister Giulia, tracks down the rebel army and is allowed to take home 109 of the girls – but must leave 30 behind. This tale is told from two different women, Esther, one of the captured girls and American journalist Jane, who is avoiding her own painful past. It’s hard not to be haunted by the stories of Kony’s army and the seemingly shallow problems of an American trying to make sense of it all.
|Ship Of Brides |
By Jojo Moyes
From the author of “Me Before You” comes the story of 650 Australian war brides as they board a military vessel bound for England to meet the men they promised to marry. World War II has ended and the vessel they’re traveling on also happens to house a thousand naval officers. Despite the strict set of rules at sea, the men and women bound for England inevitably become intertwined. You’ll marvel at the bravery of the women aboard as they make a journey across the ocean to meet the men they hope they’ll still want to marry.
|The Paris Wife |
By Paul McLain
If you’re a fan of the “Lost Generation” writers: Fitzgerald, Pound and Stein, then you’ll love the story of Hadley Richardson, the woman that first tamed Ernest Hemingway. Based on their real-life relationship, Hadley faces the challenges of a wife living in her husband’s shadows as she attempts to find her place in the Jazz-age and decide on what it really means to be a partner, Mother and a woman.
|All The Light We Cannot See |
By Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure is the blind daughter of a museum’s locksmith in Paris. Werner is a German orphan with a penchant for fixing radios. When World War II upends both their lives in ways they’d never imagine, this story tracks their lives throughout the war and manages to show us how good manages to always win out against the odds.
|Dept. Of Speculation |
By Jenny Offill
An honest portrayal of a relationship, filled with wit and piercing revelations about love. We follow one couple as they fall head over heels, marry, have a child and try to navigate what lies ahead. When the two reach an impasse, the wife looks back on their courtship and tries to decide how to falter ahead.
|The Girl On The Train |
By Paul Hawkins
If you’ve ever taken a ride on a commuter train and looked inside the passing homes, you’ll immediately enjoy this roller coaster ride. Alcoholic Rachel can’t deal with her own life’s failings and becomes enamored with a couple she can view from the train. She eventually witnesses something she can’t turn away from and her real-life begins to intermix with her imaginary one. The only problem? Her frequent black outs blur the lines between what is real and what is not.
|The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic |
By Emily Croy Barker
Every woman dreams of escaping her real-life and finding a magical realm filled with parties and beautiful people, right? For Nora Fischer, this too-good-too-be-true scenario turns out to be just that. Consider this the Harry Potter for an older generation.
|Luckiest Girl Alive |
By Jessica Knoll
It’s hard to like Ani, the weight-and-label obsessed woman who this tale centers around. But before she was Ani, she was TifAni, a prep-school student that had a very dark past. You start to understand that this broken woman is hiding from something real as the novel’s twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat.
|The Rocks |
By Peter Nichols
A case could be made that the name of this books title isn’t just referring to the quaint seaside resort owned by Lulu, but a nod to the state of her five-decade long relationship with Gerald. Nichols’ prose sweeps over us as effortlessly as the crashing waves he so perfectly describes. It’s a book that’s made to be read at the beach.