by Michelle B., Front Circulation Services Assistant
Quick; it’s your last chance! You have a little less than two weeks to squeeze out every drop of enjoyment of your few precious hours of solitude before the children are let loose for summer break! I compiled a suggested reading list called “Last Chance! Bookshelf;” run, don’t walk, in to the Chatham Public Library and check them out for yourself!
Elizabeth Buchan writes what many long-term married women are secretly paranoid about in her first novel Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, and follows it up with Wives Behaving Badly; a story of a mistress who got what she wanted—but finds dissatisfaction when the glamorous affair packaging didn’t match the prize inside. In Buchan’s sequel, we follow the ‘other woman’ through her struggle of being the second wife.
“The tables have turned on Minty Lloyd. The once irresistible mistress now finds herself deeply uneasy in her role as the second wife to her husband Nathan and mother of their twin boys. Though she has finally achieved the comfort and stability she once craved, family life has brought her more disappointment that she can admit…She is also struggling, yet determined, to make her marriage work. ‘The trouble is,’ she cries, ‘everything I do is secondhand.’ Meanwhile Rose, Nathan’s first wife, is still high from her victorious revenge and making her living as a glamorous travel journalist…And, as Minty now sees only too clearly, her hold on Nathan is both disquieting and deep. Dark and destructive notes of jealousy and bitterness reverberate through the new marriage…” (Publisher Synopsis)
If the idea of a home wrecker getting her comeuppance makes you smirk, then this is the read for you! But beware; this author’s writing may also inspire sympathy in you for our anti-heroine.
Steve Dublanica revels in the taboo topic of your waiters behind the scenes. He became a waiter at thirty-one years old and has been serving in New York ever since; he knows the ins-and-outs of the business and of human nature.
“According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server’s unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he’s truly thrived.” (Publisher Synopsis)
This non-fiction written in story timeline fashion is both endearing and offensive, honest and biased. It is definitely worth consuming!
Cleo Coyle serves up a perfect blend in the first book of the Coffeehouse Mystery collection; this series is as addictive as a Starbucks! We meet coffeeshop owner Clare Cosi and follow her through her self-proclaimed investigation when she is dissatisfied with the police’s open-and-closed opinion of her assistant manager’s murder. Clare even gives us real recipes and coffee tips along the way!
“…Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Police arrive on the scene to investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Case closed. But Clare is not convinced. And after the police leave, there are a few things she just can’t get out of her mind…Why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn’t an accident, is Clare in danger? And…are all detectives this handsome?” (Publisher Synopsis)
A quick read that’s a perfect compliment to your morning cup o’ joe!
Jane Kirkpatrick writes fiction that is meant to inspire everyone to recognize the potential of their own real, day-to-day life stories to divinely heal and restore.
“One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through.
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.
Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference? (c.2012)” (Publisher Synopsis)
A masterfully crafted, uplifting read for anyone! If you need to be strengthened and refreshed, come pluck this novel off my “Last Chance! Bookshelf”.