Book Club

I love to share my books, recommend my favourites, and talk about what I like about them. I rarely don’t like something about a book. It is someone’s heart and soul so you have to find something to like! Click here for my list to date.

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“The Decision” by Penny Vincenzi

The DecisionIf you are looking for brilliant, thought-provoking writing, then Penny Vincenzi books are not for you. If you want a book that entertains and keeps you reading from chapter to chapter then pick up this latest book by her. Love these massive books!

Set against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story begins with a love affair, closely followed by a marriage, followed by a baby. But whilst their relationship is at first fuelled by passion, it’s not of the enduring kind, and soon what started out with such promise descends into a harrowing divorce case and an epic custody battle. With everything at stake for both Eliza and Matt, and neither party willing to give up their little girl without a fight, it’s high drama in the courts. Let battle begin… Published 2015.

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“Little Altars Everywhere” by Rebecca Wells

Little Altars EverywhereLoved Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, so was thrilled when the follow up came out. While not as good as the original, it still has the same characters that you fell in love with in the first book by Rebecca Wells.

Little Altars Everywhere is a national best-seller, a companion to Rebecca Wells’s celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Originally published in 1992, Little Altars introduces Sidda, Vivi, the rest of the spirited walker clan, and the indomitable Ya-Yas.It is now available for the first time in hardcover. Told in alternating voices of Vivi and her husband, Big Shep, along with Sidda, her siblings Little Shep, Lulu, Baylor, and Cheney and Willetta–the black couple who impact the Walkers’ lives in ways they never fully comprehend–Little Altars embraces nearly thirty years of life on the plantation in Thorton, Louisiana, where the cloying air of the bayou and a web of family secrets at once shelter, trap and define an utterly original community of souls.

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“The Position” by Meg Wolitzer

The PositionThe premise of this book cracks me up. Still remember my days of babysitting when a number of the parents had the Joy of Sex book. Think a lot of kids in the 70s got their education from that book. This is a fictional tale of what it would be like to be the kids whose parents wrote the book!

Sex, love, the 1970s, and one extraordinary family that lived to tell the tale. Crackling with intelligence and original humor, The Position is a masterful take on sex and the suburban American family at the hilarious height of the sexual revolution and throughout the thirty-year hangover that followed. 

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“Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” by Steven Tyler

Does the Noise In My Head Bother YouHaving recently seen Aerosmith in concert, and watching Steven Tyler fly around the stage at 67 years of age, it made his book even that more interesting. He has lived it, that is for sure! Endurance!

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick—and his beloved Janis Joplin—Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his “mutant twin” and legendary partner Joe Perry. In this addictively readable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning. Published 2011.

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“Cane River” by Lalita Tademy

Cane RiverI picked up Cane River around the same time as I was reading The Book of Negroes, so I haven’t actually read it yet. But it has Oprah’s stamp and it is always interesting to read about the journey of African-Americans.

The “New York Times” bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Pick–the unique and deeply moving epic of four generations of African-American women based on one family’s ancestral past. Published 2001.

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“We Need To Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver

We Need To Talk About KevinI haven’t read this book yet, but I know it is one that I should. Extremely tough topic, and one no one would ever want to face.

The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry. Eva never really wanted to be a mother—and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails. Published 2003.

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