What do you do with yourself when you’ve elected to step off a promising career path to raise a family and then find that 10 years have passed and your kids no longer need you like they once did? Meg Wolitzer examines this question through the lives of four women in her latest novel, The Ten-Year Nap. Long-time friends Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen struggle to find meaning and purpose in their lives as they experience marital ennui, their husbands' professional successes, their pre-teen children's move toward independence, and their friendship tested when Amy befriends a woman she and her three friends have always simultaneously mocked and admired. Well written, poignant, and often unnervingly realistic, The Ten-Year Nap explores the roles of contemporary women as daughters, mothers, and wives.
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Robert Neville is the last man in Los Angeles California. By day he roams the city gathering food and supplies to prepare himself for night, when vampires surround and attack his home.
A few years before, a germ had spread, turning everyone into the living dead: Neville had to bury his wife, twice. Nightly, Neville's old neighboor and carpool buddy, now walking dead, taunts him to come outside.
Jennifer Weiner's debut novel Good in Bed featured heroine Cannie Shapiro, a plus-sized newspaper journalist turned single mother turned wildly successful novelist. In Certain Girls, Weiner's latest release and the sequel to Good in Bed, thirteen years have passed, and Cannie is now married to a bariatric physician, the author (under a pseudonym) of a successful science fiction series, and the mother of a teenager. When Cannie's daughter Joy discovers and reads her mother's novel, a thinly disguised fictional account of Cannie's life, Joy suddenly begins to question everything that she has held true and dear regarding herself and her family. Her search for the truth leads her on a journey of self-discovery and reveals what it means to love and to be a family.
A four-year-old boy who had never spoken, a seven-year-old girl severely troubled after years of various abuses, an 82-year-old woman who stopped speaking after suffering a stroke: All were in danger of becoming casualties of an overburdened mental health care system until one woman entered their lives and brought to them the compassion, hope, dignity, and understanding they so desperately needed.
Torey Hayden, educational psychologist and former special education teacher, chronicles her work with these three memorable individuals in Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard Until A Therapist Listened. Hayden has written 10 other books, eight of which, including Ghost Girl and Beautiful Child, recount her experiences with children with special needs.
With a message similar to that of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, Marianne Williamson’s The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife advocates for change from within, a spiritual and psychological personal awakening with the potential power to change the world. Williamson directs her message specifically toward those who have reached what society deems as middle age - mid-40s and beyond. Instead of slowing down, compromising, or giving up, Williamson says that this stage in life can be a rebirth, a time of change, a shifting of priorities, and a rejuvenation of the body and spirit if only we are open to new possibilities and perspectives.
Lady Macbeth by Susan King
Lady Gruadh is the last heir in a royal Celtic family whose unwilling marriage to Macbeth, a warrior lord who killed her husband, will unite Scotland for the first time. Together they survive treacherous and violent politics to save the country they were both born to rule. A rich and dramatic historical novel!
Facing 30 and feeling that she didn't have much to show for it except an unrewarding secretarial job, Julie Powell decided she needed a project, something that would motivate, challenge, excite, and satisfy her. She found it in Julia Child's classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. With support from her husband, friends, and eventually her family, Powell gave herself a year to make every recipe in the cookbook. What began as a simple daily blog resulted in Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen. How Powell accomplished her goal and what she learned will inspire, amaze, and amuse even those with the most basic cooking skills.
You'll view the public library in a whole new light after you read Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert. This memoir of an assistant librarian at a California library reveals, among other things, that sex offenders, drug dealers, and gang members are just as likely to roam the stacks as preschoolers, students, and senior citizens; that books are not the only items put in the book drops; and that even seemingly cheery, mild-mannered librarians have a breaking point. Often laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally poignant, and always entertaining, this book features a library that is a microcosm of public libraries around the nation.
Dead Heat by Dick Francis Max Morton is a well-respected chef whose career is nearly ruined after a food poisoning incident and a bomb blast occur at two of his catering affairs. To salvage his restaurant business he sets out to discover who is behind these crimes that are somehow connected to the world of horseracing. He will need to protect himself and his loved ones before the truth is uncovered. A highly enjoyable read!
SF legend Arthur C. Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.
Clarke was a visionary--credited with the idea of communications satellites--and deep sea explorer, but he recently said he would like to be remembered most as a Science Fiction writer.
To read the Associated Press obituary, click here.