Thursday, October 17, 2013

Reading Ahead: November 2013, part 5

 Here we are--the wrap-up of all new releases coming in November.  And I have saved you some very special titles!  All three are guaranteed to be funny and satisfying. 

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg.  Yes, you know the name from books like Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and I Still Dream About You.  She's back with a comic mystery about two women who are forced to re imagine who they are.  Sookie has just married off her last daughter and is looking forward to traveling with her husband.  The last thing she must contend with is her larger-than-life mother, Lenore.  While Lenore might be well-loved by others, her daughter finds her downright overshadowing.  Then Sookie stumbles upon a secret that changes everything, sending her out west and then into researching the 1940s as she seeks to unravel her own past.  Ms. Flagg is a sure bet for sweet, witty and inspiring.

The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani.  Adriana Trigiani has been making quite a name for herself with readers over the last thirteen years, making the biggest splash with last year's The Shoemaker's Wife.  So her latest, which begins on the eve of a wedding in Greenwich Village, taking readers through New Orleans and on to Tuscany, is sure to be much adored by readers everywhere. 

The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, by Carole Radziwill.  This author may be unfamiliar, but I don't think that will be the case for very long!  Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous Manhattanite who has recently been very famously widowed.  She has spent her marriage with older man Charlie burying her own ambitions in favor of supporting his.  Now, widowed and adrift, Claire resolves to reinvent herself, with a little help from the professionals, even as she grieves for Charlie.  I think this is going to be a knock-out.

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