We know all too well that our lovely South Florida weather can be a bit…fickle. For those days in which it’s either too rainy to go out without getting one’s shoes waterlogged in a flooded parking lot, or when it’s too hot to be outside without bursting into flames, The Palm Beach Post offers a few book recommendations to take in with either a warm mug of hot chocolate or refreshing iced tea. Or perhaps a mimosa.
The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldher: This novel evocative of Gothic literature, takes place in 1850’s England, where a poet by the name of Hugh de Bonne is found dead in his bath, and one of his close friends Robert Highstead, is tasked with preparing the body for burial. But Robert gets more than he bargained for when Hugh’s niece Ada refuses to open the family chapel, and offers him an ultimatum: she has a story to tell, and it isn’t pretty. (Atria Books)
Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault: Essays From the Grown-Up Years by Cathy Guisewite: Aack!!!! Who doesn’t remember the comic strip “Cathy,” written by Cathy Guisewite, which ran from 1976 to 2010 in approximately 1400 newspapers and depicted the beloved character Cathy as she struggles with work, relationships, family and food. Now in this hilarious essay collection, Guisewite delights us again with the same kind of deadpan humor that made her comic strip a legend. (Putnam)
The Editor by Steven Rowley: James Smale is a writer trying to break into the literary world of 1990’s New York and tragically failing. Until finally, he sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: which just happens to be Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. While Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and pushes him to write the ending that his book deserves, James realizes that Mrs. Onassis has bigger plans for him. (Putnam)
The Last by Hanna Jameson: What would you do if the end of the world came and you were far away from your family and friends with no way to communicate with them? Jon, a historian, finds himself in this scenario while at an academic conference at the L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland. Suddenly, he receives a series of shocking notifications that tell him Washington, DC has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin. That’s all he knows before news outlets and social media goes black—and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange.
Two months later, and with 20 other survivors at a place famous by a strange history of suicides and murders, Jon has to solve a mystery that threatens to obliterate the sanity he has left. (Atria)
The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves: Annika Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois, who is riddled with anxiety in social situations. When Jonathan Hoffman joins the chess club, he loses his first game and falls in love with the shy Annika. But after a tumultuous albeit tender love affair, their connection is severed and their love is torn part. A decade later, Annika is a librarian, Jonathan a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. What will happen when they meet again? (St. Martin’s Press)
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Told in testimonial format, this gripping story follows Daisy, a young girl in late 1960’s L.A., who spends her nights sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. Finally in her 20’s, her talent begins to get noticed, at the same time a band called The Six, led by a complex character by the name of Billy Dunne, is also on the rise to new levels of popularity. When Daisy and Billy meet, after a producer puts them together to collaborate, will create a story worthy of rock n’ roll legend. (Ballantine)
White Elephant by Julie Langsdorf: The White Elephant, a newly built mammoth house, hovers over the suburban town of Willard Park, steadily getting on Ted Millers’ nerves. But it’s when Nick Cox, owner of the offensive property accidentally a precious red maple tree, belonging to Ted and his wife Allison, is when the fur will really begin to fly causing an upheaval not only between Nick and the Millers, but also with their other Willard Park neighbors. (Ecco)