Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reading Ahead: October 2013, part 3

 Sometimes, there aren't enough titles in a particular genre coming out in a given month to give you a proper list.  In these cases, you get a little bit of everything!  Romance, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, chick-lit--this list has it all!

Winners, by Danielle Steel

The Spymistress, by Jennifer Chiaverini

We Are Water, by Wally Lamb

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Some extra-good things in this list!  Chiaverini, who is best known for her Elm Creek Quilts series, made a huge splash earlier this year with her foray into historical fiction, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.  This new title, The Spymistress, returns to the Civil War era, this time following Elizabeth Van Lew, who was born to a slave-holding Southern family, educated by Quakers, and eventually pledged herself to the Lincoln White House, becoming a spy among the Confederates.  Van Lew, who was posthumously inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, is a lesser-known historical figure, and by all accounts, Chiaverini has out-done herself bringing the spymistress to life.  

Also on my list of things I must read, of course, is Wally Lamb's new novel, We Are Water.  Lamb, a Connecticut author, here returns to his familiar setting of Three Rivers, CT (loosely based on the Norwich area) in a story about modern America in transition in matters of race, class, family and social mores, illustrated in the Oh family.  

Anything on this list strike your fancy?  I'd love to know!

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