Do you like history, fashion and sewing? Then this beautifully written and engrossing novel is for you. Kelby opens a window into the lives of the political elite in the Kennedy era. It's also an unforgettable love story of an Irish immigrant seamstress in the New York boutique Chez Ninon, and her long time love, a butcher, from her insular Irish immigrant neighborhood. Kate and Patrick are wonderful fictional characters, and the evocation of life in the early 1960s is moving and convincing. Kelby spins a compelling tale of one of the most iconic garments ever sewn for a first Lady.
From the back rooms of Chez Ninon to the steps of Air Force One, The Pink Suit is a fabulous novel about hope, heartbreak, and what became of the American Dream.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Is a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey filtering out drinkers, smokers, and late arrivers the best way to find a suitable life partner? Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, thinks so. In his ordered world, nothing is unplanned or random including finding a wife.
Rosie Jarman fails the survey because she smokes, drinks and arrives late for dates. Don disqualifies her as a candidate for "The Wife Project". But Rosie’s quest to find her biological father piques Don's interest and he offers to help her. An unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on "The Father Project", Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Hilarious and touching, I heartily recommend "The Rosie Project." A Adams.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Everyone who was old enough to comprehend the President of the United States remembers where they were on November 22, 1963.
But what if you could change it back? Stephen King’s new novel is about a man who travels back in time to do just that.
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program.
Jake’s friend Al, who can time travel, enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time. A. Adams
Child 44 by Tom Robb Smith
Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State's obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where "crime" doesn't exist. K Harris
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways. K Harris
In Americanah, a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, moves to the United States for school, leaving behind her boyfriend, Obinze, and her family. It's a story of relocation, far-flung love and life as an alien, spread across three continents. It's also about the lonely but privileged perspective a stranger gains by entering a new culture. Indeed, it's more powerful than that in Americanah, because Ifemelu experiences America both as a black woman and as an African woman. In the U.S., those two identities combine for experiences dark and light that Adichie skillfully renders in gray scale. K Harris
A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You by Chance tells the story of one young man and the family who loves him and his involvement in his uncle's 419 business. It was both funny and infuriating. K Harris
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
This book tells the story of Bill Hodges, a retired, depressed detective in an unnamed midwestern city, and the serial killer he is obsessed with finding.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable. K. Harris