AUGUST 2019 - READING LIST
AUGUST / GOOD READS
THE EDGE OF EVERY DAY: Sketches of Schizophrenia
BY: MARIN SARDY
This powerful collection/memoir chronicles Sardy's experience growing up in spectre of schrizophrenia. Her mother, and later, brother are both in its grasp and she describes in heavy chapters what that diagnosis means - medically, socially, personally, the gamut - alongside her struggle to cope, to understand and to live her own life. Easily one of the best books I've read all year.
FAMILY OF ORIGIN
BY: C.J. HAUSER
When their father dies suddenly and under suspicious conditions, siblings Nolan and Elsa travel to the remote private island where the once-prominent biologist had been living. It's fascinating story about family, science and identity. Also look up Hauser's viral essay The Crane Wife.
ON SWIFT HORSES (out 11/5)
BY: SHANNON PUFAHL
It's the 1950s in the post-war American west. Muriel is newlywed, freshly removed from both her dead mother and rural Kansas hometown to dusty San Diego. She wants something but can't identify it. She feels drawn to her itinerant brother-in-law Julius, on his own path to identity. It's a beautiful tale of the gambles we take in life, at the card table and in love.
PARK AVENUE SUMMER
BY: RENEE ROSEN
In 1960s New York, Alice Weiss is exactly where she wants to be. For now. Inspired by her mother's intrepid stories from a younger life, and motivated by her death, Alice makes her way to NYC and remarkably, in to the assistant position to newly-minted editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown, a real-life publishing revolutionary, on the cusp of turning Cosmo into what it is today. It's a fun, if fantastical at times, jaunt through NYC.
THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD
BY: CLAIRE LOMBARDO
I love sprawling, family dramas that take place over years and this one did not disappoint. David and Marilyn Sorenson are a dream couple to nearly everyone who meets them; they have the perfect life. When their widowed, eccentric daughter Wendy locates the long-ago adopted son of their straightlaced daughter, Violet - we see the intricate web of love, struggle and facades that complicate even the most seemingly stable relationships among us.
ONE DAY IN DECEMBER
BY: JOSIE SILVER
Chick-lit at it's finest. 20-something Laurie is single and on a snowy night in December, spies the man she believes to be her soul mate through a train window. The train leaves before they're able to meet. Flash forward a year, and her best friend has a new boyfriend, Jack, who is that just-missed soul mate. What follows is ten years of back-and-forth, heartbreak and romance and an ending that you'll either love or hate.