New Releases Week of 12/06/2017

31451082It’s Always the Husband
by Michele Campbell
Mystery
Hardcover, 320 pages

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.
How did things come to this?
As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband? Continue reading

Books I’ll Probably Never Read

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I missed the train on this one and I have no apologies for it. I remember it was such a big deal especially when the movies came out and everyone was talking about it. I mean, people are still talking about them decades later. They must have been great but I just feel like it is too late for me to get into them. Continue reading

New Releases Week of 28/05/2017

31112395The Lioness of Morocco
by Julia Drosten
Historical Fiction
Paperback, 448 pages

Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house.
When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father’s trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin’s rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals…and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.
But Benjamin’s lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he’s arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla’s family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she’ll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life. Continue reading

New Releases Week of 15/05/17

32076678The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Crime/Nonfiction
Hardcover, 336 pages

An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, The Fact Of a Body is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed―but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe―and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. Continue reading

Antwerp 2017

I got a another chance at seeing Antwerp and the day was just perfect. The sun was out and there was no crazy wind. I did not take as many pictures as I did the last time I was there last Fall but the city still remains one of my favorites so far. Continue reading

New Releases Week of 08/05/2017

31434883Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
Contemporary Fiction
Hardcover, 336 pages

Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Continue reading