Every Wednesday we will each share two books that caught our eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.
We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.
On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.
Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness
Where nothing grows
Where no one lives
Where tears freeze
And night will last for another 54 days.
They are looking for Ruby’s father.
Travelling deeper into a silent land.
They still cannot find him.
And someone is watching them in the dark.
When Morgan’s grandfather dies, she finds out that the man she’s loved her whole life is not her grandfather at all. Learning her real grandfather is living in Brooklyn, she takes a trip to find out what secrets her family has been hiding.
“Can you imagine finding out a family member was not really a family member at all? ”
Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.
It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.
But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to.
“I have read a few of Wendy Wax’s books, mostly the ones involving home renovation, but I think her writing style is perfect for summer reading. I always need a feel good book.”
“Leave the given/in order to imagine/the possible,” poet Anne Higgins tells us, and this she does in poems of striking delicacy and imagination. Whether her subject is the avocado’s “lizardlike skin,” the larkspur’s “lacy face,” or her own fear and rebirth after cancer, Higgins’ inventive mind and flawless ear trace the transformations of one thing into another as new worlds open in surprise and splendor. In poems that capture the rosary-bead mysteries of a lifetime that encompasses both world travel and merciless history, Anne Higgins asks the vexed questions that challenge and sustain us: “What is not forgiveness?/What is not to forgive?” Her poems are “all flame and feather/all flight and curve,” and it is a pleasure to read and take flight with them. —Ned Balbo
“It’s poetry! Yes, it goes on the list! And this poet is one who is one tour with my company Poetic Book Tours for her other poetry collection, Reconnaissance. It’s getting rave reviews, and I bet this one will be great too!”
There’s only one thing standing between humanity and the dark forces of the supernatural: the secret agency known as The Institute. The organization depends on regular guys like Chuck, a Level I Recon and Enforcement Technician who guides tormented spirits into the next life.
From an office deep underground, Chuck projects his spirit into Crossfades, monstrous realms where the souls of the dead, unable to move on due to fear or anger, devise macabre tortures for themselves and one another. He’s always been able to leave his work behind at the end of the day . . . until now.
First in dreams, then in waking nightmares, Crossfades are bleeding into the physical world. And now it’s up to Chuck—along with his partner, a woman named Control—to put a stop to it. Because there’s no telling what might come over from the other side.
“Sounds like some good dystopian world building.”
A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.
But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.
As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past—what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?
“Always room for a good thriller on my book shelf.”