Oh man, oh man! I loved this book! I was somewhat familiar with Kate Mulgrew, the actress, but until I read her memoir Born with Teeth, I didn't realize what all she had been in including movies, TV shows, and more. I think the only thing I've seen her in consistently is Orange Is the New Black. She plays Red, the cook. And very well, as you know if you've seen it. This book was so well written, funny, sad, and plain old powerful. She really bared her soul and shared things that only a true daredevil would do. Read it. I tell you, read it. And yes, she was born with teeth!
I've read J.A. Jance's novels in the past but it's been a few years. I picked up Cold Betrayal recently and just loved this book. Her characterization and description and narrative make for a book you can escape into. Since I now live in Arizona, her books are easier to relate to, and this one was particularly good since it was set more in northern Arizona, rather than southern. The northern part is much nicer than the desert, if you ask me, though I do live in the yucky desert part. This novel also had an interesting couple of story lines going: polygamy and family betrayals. Good stuff!
I found out about Celeste Ng's (pronounced 'ing') debut novel Everything I Never Told You on a book list earlier this year. I'm glad I read it. This novel tells the story from several characters' points of view: a man, the husband and father; a woman, the wife and mother; and the three children. t's surprising how well Ng wove this together and made each sympathetic when we got around to reading their individual point of view. I want to write books like this one when I grow up.
I love Erik Larson's historical nonfiction books. I finished reading Dead Wake the other day, and it was one of his better ones. One thing I really enjoyed was the way Larson delved into the people's lives during this tragedy. For example, President Woodrow Wilson was depressed and then courting a woman he would later marry... that is, he was distracted. The British government didn't provide military escorts for the large luxury ocean liner when it entered the channel between Ireland and England. So many things happened that could have eliminated or reduced this tragedy. I don't remember reading about this bit of history before and found it fascinating. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
If you haven't read Paula Hawkin's debut novel The Girl on the Train, do it! This mystery novel kept me guessing till the end. Rachel Watson is a drunk, a fact that causes her memory to be less than stellar. When Megan, a local woman, goes missing, Rachel gets involved because she watches the woman and her husband from the train each day. The fact that Megan lives a few doors away from Rachel's former home, the home she shared with her ex-husband, complicates matters. Read it and see if you can figure out what the girl on the train saw.
I read Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland and savored this novel about art, World War II, and love. If you've read any of Vreeland's other novels, you know she gets into the art world like none other. And her writing is beautiful, to boot!
I'd heard of Ann Hood but had never read her books till now. I enjoyed The Italian Wife, especially at first. As this novel progressed through the generations, I was more ambivalent toward the characters. Some were more interesting than others, just like real people, I guess.