Aug 10, 2009

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

After a few weeks of a reading slump and abandoning one book after nearly 100 pages, I'm looking forward to a fresh start. I haven't finished a book in two weeks, but last week I did post my review of Michelle Richmond's NO ONE YOU KNOW. [Review here].

This week I'm starting a book I received last week called THE SUMMER KITCHEN by Karen Weinreb. Here's a blurb from Amazon:

When Nora Banks goes to answer the doorbell early one November 1st, she thinks it must be a group of teen pranksters still out trick-or-treating. But it's no prank - it's the Feds, who have come to arrest her husband Evan for a white collar crime. Nora's enviable, privileged life in the eighteenth-century house she'd quit her job to renovate to museum quality perfection, is upended in an instant.

The Bedford wives close ranks against Nora and her children. Nora's only support comes from her children's nanny, Beatriz. The two women bond to raise the boys as smoothly as possible, while Nora goes back to work. Baking has always been her biggest passion, so she launches a business of her own, The Summer Kitchen. Tempted by the offer of an affair by one of the local husbands and thwarted by an alpha wife who actively tries to shut down her business, Nora has to reach into reserves she didn't know she had to support her family and change her way of thinking about life, family, money and romance.

Apparently, the story is based closely on the author's personal experiences. Should be interesting reading!

Another book I'm planning to read this week is FROZEN TEARS by Mary Ann MacAfee. This book is described as 'a mystical, contemporary, Alaskan adventure tale'. Here's a bit more from Amazon:

In Alaska's stunning, but brutal interior, where white and native cultures clash, Kale Weaver struggles to survive a devastating tragedy that becomes the genesis for her allegiance to wolves and the circumstances making her the target of a primitive superstition.

This book caught my eye for a number of reasons. Although I've alwasy admired the area, I've never read any books about Alaska, it's people and their culture. The story deals with environmental and cultural issues along with traditions of the native people. This will be a definite learning experience that I'm looking forward to. Besides, it's so hot outside that a book taking place in Alaska sounds wonderful right about now!

So that's my plan for the week. What books are you reading?


  1. Sounds like a really great book. I can see why it caught your attention.

  2. Both of those sound really good!! So far my reading week has been pretty good!!!

  3. I've been through reading slumps and it can be frustrating. I'm glad that yours is moving on and you've found a few good books to grab your attention. The Summer Kitchen sounds very good. I just saw it yesterday at The Printed Page and added it to my wishlist.

  4. Wow, both sound fantastic and I look forward to your reviews!

  5. I can't wait to read The Summer Kitchen - a good friend of mine is sending me hers. Yaaaaay. I've heard of Frozen Tears. It sounds quite good as well.

  6. I hate reading slumps! It's like jumping over a mountain trying to pull yourself out of it sometimes. BUT.. hopefully this book will do it in a much less painful way :)

  7. Hi Lisa, I hope all is well with you. Staying cool? Not easy lately, is it? The Summer Kitchen sounds really good. I hope you enjoy it. Have a good week.


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