The first line of this debut novel, Contrary Motion by Andy Mozina, sets the tone for the story: “I’m a Midwesterner, born and raised in Milwaukee, where they manufacture beer and the heavy machinery you should not operate while drinking it.” Main character Matt Grzbc (pronounced Ger-bik) is a harpist barely getting by living in Chicago. He is divorced from Milena but isn’t really over her even though he has a new girlfriend, Cynthia.
You know it is a good book when you stay up way past your bedtime to finish reading it because you just have to know how it ends. That was my situation last night with The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart. This thought provoking and suspenseful novel is about an old woman's curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor's complicated and cloaked life. Mystery and intrigue build as each chapter unfolds and I could not put it down.
Time travel is a fascinating idea to people. Time and Time Again by Ben Elton is a new absorbing and thought-provoking novel that takes a look at the idea of time travel and what would happen if something were changed. British Special Forces ex-soldier Hugh Stanton is mourning the loss of his wife and two children who were killed by a hit-and-run vehicle.
Hate waiting in line? I know I do. The new book Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster? by David Andrews explores the myths and misery, secrets and psychology of waiting in line. Andrews went in search of answers to this age old question and unearthed a world of science, history and cultural norms about the often stressful, sometimes nonexistent and usually time-consuming act of waiting in line.
What a funny and interesting memoir. Wednesday Martin, PhD, has worked as a writer and social researcher in New York City for more than two decades. Using her background in anthropology and primatology, Primates of Park Avenue compares Martin's research of primates to the social climbing rituals she discovered while trying to fit in upon her arrival on the Upper East Side of New York with her husband and young son.
If you like thrillers or if you are waiting for the next Jack Reacher book, you should try The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie. The Drifter is set in Milwaukee and features a Marine veteran named Peter Ash who suffers from “white static” when he has to be indoors. Peter learned that his sergeant, Jimmy Johnson, died as a result of suicide, and Peter feels guilty that he was not there to help Jimmy.
Kate Hudson, the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated actress, and founder of the activewear line Fabletics, has just come out with a new book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Anyone who struggles with their body image should read this. It is a beautiful, insightful, and personal look at health from the inside out, an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaks.
In the new book, My Name Is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody, the daughter from the bestselling book and movie Not Without My Daughter tells about her life—what she remembers of her escape from Iran, developing lupus as a teen, her strong relationship with her mother, her feelings about her father, her ongoing fear that her father would come back into her life, and her Christian faith.
If you like authors Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell ranks right up to their caliber when it comes to romantic suspense. Her latest, Perfect Touch, blends just the right amount of action, mystery, suspense, and thrills. A former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer and art appraiser must race to stop a vicious killer, all while fighting their sizzling attraction for each other.