Thursday, July 17, 2014

Meg's Picks: August 2014, part 2

Need something extra to take along on vacation this summer?  I've got a couple more titles you might want to look into, just in case...

We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas.   A generational saga of the American dream in the post WWII era.  Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, where she grows up wishing for a less chaotic life in a better neighborhood.  When she meets scientist Ed Leary, Eileen thinks she's found her ticket into the life she's been dreaming of.  It's only after they marry that Eileen realizes that Ed does not share her aspirations toward a bigger house and better friends, and as time passes, they struggle to come to terms with the differences that threaten to tear them apart in a world that is changing rapidly around them.  I'd recommend this to readers looking for something a bit serious, like those waiting for the next installment of Jeffrey Archer's series. 

Silver Bay, by JoJo Moyes.  No, you're not seeing double.  Moyes just released One Plus One in July, and now August is seeing Silver Bay, available for the first time in the US.  Liza McCullen has a small life in Silver Bay, running her aunt's hotel and caring for her young daughter, Hannah.  Then English businessman Mike Dormer arrives in the sleepy, eclectic little seaside town, seeing prospects for a resort in a town ripe for development.  What neither of them expected was to find complications of the heart in the mix.  Moyes has a beautifully gentle touch when it comes to human emotion--this is one to take to the beach, for sure. 

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