Murder on Astor PlaceVictoria Thompson - The Gaslight series is set in NYC around the turn of the century. Engrossing mysteries mixed with amazing history. The lead character is a woman born into luxury and now, against all odds is practicing as a midwife
The power of the dogThomas Savage - First published in the '60s I found this one by chance. Truly one of my all time favorites. Its set in the West around 1930. Again amazing relationships of mothers and their sons topped with one of the best endings I've ever ...
Empire FallsRichard Russo - This one is about the complications of family and the difficulty of growing up. Again, its set in a diner ( i must have a thing for diners). And again the ending will be unexpected. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Need I say ...
Skinny DipCarl Hiaasen - Carl's written a bunch of books and I love them all. Set in Florida these kind of whacky mysteries are mixed with the oddest of people you'd ever come across in a bar on the beach that's playing Margarita Ville nonstop.
Water for ElephantsSara Gruen - I know there's been lots of movie hype but its for a reason. This book about an 'almost veterinarian' traveling with a circus in the mid nineteenth century is astounding. The end made me cheer and tear up. Astounding.
What I Did for LoveSusan Elizabeth Phillips - Ok, total guilty pleasure. Susan's reads are full of fun. Despite the title its cool for mom. Lots of Hollywood and relationships and happy endings.
Life of PiYann Martel - I was enraptured by this book. It's kind of odd and twisty turny. And I seriously thought it was true that this tiger was in a boat with this guy. The way its written is so beautiful. And I'm so cheering for the tiger its ...
Born Under a Lucky MoonDana Precious - You'll laugh. You'll cheer. You'll cry. You'll wonder why the main character, Jeannie, is such a damn doofus she can't figure out that family is the most important thing in the world. Mostly set in Michigan Jeannie struggles to ...