Sunday, January 24, 2016

New York Times Best Sellers & People Magazine Pick

Do you like to look at the best seller lists for suggestions on what to read? Several of current The New York Times Best Selling E-Books are available to download for free from the Freading site. There will be no need to put these books on hold. Titles on Freading never run out. 

Misdiagnosed by Jody Berger
Many of us have gone to the doctor for a concern only to have him or her give just a few minutes of their time and send us out the door. This happened to the award-winning journalist author. In this case, she was given a life changing diagnoses before being shown the exit. It took an exhausting amount of time and learning how to be an advocate for herself to realize that her doctor was not correct.

"Misdiagnosed is a gripping mystery that begins with the MRI that first revealed the lesions on Berger's spine...a simple elimination diet was the cure, so she recommends that more people start with food and nutrition rather than pharmaceuticals, and ultimately learn to trust their instincts." 
Shelf Awareness for Readers

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena DiBlasi
The author is divorced and traveling alone through Italy when she meets Fernando. He doesn't speak much English, and she only knows enough Italian to get by. Within two months, she puts her house in America up for sale and moves to Venice in order to be with her mystery man.

"Venice is almost synonymous with romance, and in this charming account de Blasi spares no detail in telling us how she fell under its spell. A journalist, restaurant critic, and food consultant, de Blasi left her home, her grown children, and her job as a chef in St. Louis to marry Fernando, a Venetian she barely knew. In defiance of the cynics who think true love in middle age is crazy, her marriage flourished, as these two strangers made a life together."
-Library Journal

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
( Young Adult Best Seller)
Gorgeously written, heart-wrenching story of two teens who had been friends since childhood. In high school, they went their separate ways and fell into different relationships. The pair still had to see each other at holiday gatherings as their parents remained friendly, but they ignored each other. Then the unthinkable happens, and it comes to light that they cared for one another more than they realized.

" The heart of this novel is an examination of an unresolved childhood love that is so pure and sweet that it seems too fragile to survive the turbulent years of adolescence. Using tender prose that makes it hard not to care about the main characters, this title chronicles four years of high school and the confusing post-graduation period. At the end, when Nowlin reveals why Finny should have been with Autumn all along, readers are sure to feel the ache of life's capriciousness."
-School Library Journal

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

* A People Magazine pick for "Best New Books"
*A #1 Indie Next Pick for January
* A January Pick
*An "Best Book of the Month" January pick
* A Women's Day Magazine 'Reader's Circle' pick for January 
Two women who live across the Atlantic Ocean from each other develop a touching friendship based on their love of books. When one decides to visit the other, nothing turns out as expected. 

"A heartwarming tale about literature's power to transform." - People

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
* A January 2016 Indie Next Pick
We meet Rocky when he is eight. He idolizes his sixteen-year-old half brother Paul who smokes and listens to "cool" music. Inexplicably, Paul picks Rocky up from school one day to go for a drive. He nearly abandons his younger sibling in the middle of no where, then goes back to get him. Shortly thereafter, Paul disappears. In this breathtaking novel, the author contemplates the messiness of love. Are we better off without it?

“This heartbreakingly effective coming-of-age story about the importance of love in one’s life is replete with moments of harsh cruelty and tender love. Beautifully written, it vividly brings to life its Southern characters, landscape, and small-town claustrophobia. Readers will stop and reread paragraphs, not because of confusion but for the pure joy of the language . . delight in discovering this fine new writer.”—Library Journal, starred review

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wall Street Journal & New York Times Best Seller

"The Water Is Wide" by Pat Conroy is now a #4 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and is back on the New York Times list as a #2 in E-Book Non Fiction. The memoir tells of the author's amazing experience trying to make his contribution to the world by teaching children on an isolated island. He learns as much from his students as they do from him.

“Reading PAT CONROY is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.”
Houston Chronicle

“A hell of a good story.”
The New York Times

'The Water is Wide" is available on Freading 24 hours a day