Spring Book Club
Regardless of whether I'm traveling or spending the weekend at home, reading equals relaxation. I almost always have a book in progress and will read just about anything, as long as it's good. I read a lot on my phone (more portable than a hardcover book and it's always with me) or on my Amazon Kindle. That said, no matter how you prefer to read, the books below are must-reads this spring.
Following his "Mississippi Burning" trilogy (which I've actually re-read a couple of times), author Greg Iles returns with a complex stand-alone thriller, Cemetary Road. Once again, his recurrent themes of Deep South, small-town dynamics like race and the tight-knit power-elite who hold fiercely to a belief that life was better in the past, run rampant. Whatever Pat Conroy captured about South Carolina, so does Iles with Mississippi. But this book immediately - this is one of my very favorite authors at his absolute best.
MIT physicist Helen hasn’t heard from her best friend from college in more than a year when she starts getting cryptic texts from her. The personal messages can’t be possible: Her friend has just died. It is not long before the widowed husband and his daughter enter Helen’s life, as well as an ex-boyfriend, throwing Helen’s controlled world into total disorder.
A pastoral sanctuary that at first seems like a luxury spa is in fact a “gestational retreat” where women are trapped, their every move monitored while they carry the babies of wealthy clients. These so-called hosts, several of whom are first-generation immigrants who badly need the money, are paid for their infants and get their first “performance bonus” if they make it to their second trimester. The book touches on a lot of themes that we’re all talking about right now—the wage gap, fertility, immigration.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner is an amazing celebrity profiler and her debut novel is here. It explores life’s messiest pieces like marriage and divorce, and gives sharp and insightful commentary on ambition. The novel finds Toby Fleishman, fresh off a separation from Rachel, his wife of 15 years, and reluctantly rediscovering dating in age of hookup apps. When Rachel goes missing, leaving him to take care of their two young kids, Toby has to reevaluate everything.