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.