The Body in the Clouds

The Book: The Body in the Clouds, by Ashley Hay The Blurb: The Body in the Clouds tells the story of one extraordinary moment–a man falling from the sky and surviving–and of three men who see it, in different ways and different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the…

Luckiest Girl Alive

The Book: Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll The Blurb: As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so…

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Book: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald The Blurb: Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look…

The Stories of John Cheever

The Book: The Stories of John Cheever, by … John Cheever The Blurb: Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called “the greatest generation.: From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in “The Enormous Radio” to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in “The Housebreaker of…

Keep Me Posted

The Book: Keep Me Posted, by Lisa Beazley The Blurb: Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off…

The Feathered Bone

The Book: The Feathered Bone, by Julie Cantrell The Blurb: In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a…

The Buffalo Soldier

The Book: The Buffalo Soldier, by Chris Bohjalian The Blurb: Two years after their twin daughters died in a flash flood, Terry and Laura Sheldon, a Vermont state trooper and his wife, take in a foster child. His name is Alfred; he is ten years old and African American. And he has passed through so…

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife

The Book: The Restaurant Critic’s Wife, by Elizabeth LaBan The Blurb: Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here. In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too…

Vintage: A Novel

The Book: Vintage: A Novel, by David Baker The Blurb: A humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist’s desperate attempt to save his career–and possibly, his marriage–by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago. The Babble: Food journalist Bruno Tannenbaum is living on his…

Orphan Train

The Book: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline The Blurb: Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only…

The Rocks

The Book: The Rocks, by Peter Nichols The Blurb: Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same…

Knights of the Square Table

The Book: Knights of the Square Table, by Teri Kanefield The Blurb: Meet the Knights of the Square Table, San Francisco’s all-star chess team. On their way home from a tournament in Europe, their plane makes a forced landing on a remote island in the North Atlantic. Part survival story, part crime novel with a…