Thursday, June 28, 2012

Oprah's Reveal...

Oprah recently posted her list of 2012 beach reads:

O Summer Reading:  6 New Beach Reads to Blaze Through


Saturday, June 9, 2012

11 Summer Beach Reads

Goodhousekeeping Magazine recently released its list for 11 Summer Beach Reads.  All are current titles. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Garden & Green Beach Reads

The Huffington Post announced its "Best Beach Reads 2012:  Green Home & Gardening Books for the Summer" (May 30, 2012).

An Unexpected Guest

Anne Korkeakivi's first-time novel, An Unexpected Guest, is one of those great reads that confines itself to the parameters of a single day.

The novel's main character, American Clare Moorhouse, is wife to a British diplomat living in Paris.  The novel beings as her day does:  planning a dinner party critical to her husband's political career.  Literary readers may harken on Mrs. Dalloway, as Clare goes to great lengths to perfect all party details (she even buys the flowers herself).  And like Mrs. Dalloway, the novel turns from the surface, inward, as Clare's fears and insecurities from one particular, life-changing event begins to haunt her as she considers the implications of her past behavior on her husband's political future.

Unlike Mrs. Dalloway, however, Clare's world is contemporary; and her domestic realm includes dealing with her youngest wayward son, who becomes a force equally capable of destroying his father's career.  In many ways, the novel acts equally as domestic fiction and political thriller. Engaging and well-written.