1. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. I’ve been in a fiction mood recently, and Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl was the perfect choice. Addie Baum, an eighty-year-old Jewish woman, tells her granddaughter the story of her life growing up in Boston—the ups, the downs, the struggles, and the successes. If you’re looking for something fast-paced and dramatic, this probably isn’t it. It doesn’t aim to thrill, but it is rich and engaging in a completely different way. As Addie tells her story and recounts the way she found her own voice (and ultimately her own life), you can’t help but love her. You’ll find yourself rooting for her throughout the entire book, hoping that she finds the happiness you know she deserves.
2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book has been described as the new Gone Girl, but since I never read Gone Girl I can’t really say (I saw the movie). However, The Girl on the Train was really good in all the ways that a murder mystery and psychological thriller should be—it was dark, twisted, and I didn’t want to put it down . The story is told from the perspectives of three different women—Rachel, Megan, and Anna—whose lives are interconnected in ways they don’t even realize. My only real complaint is that I guessed the ending about 3/4 of the way through, but that didn’t ruin the book for me. If this kind of genre is your thing, I would definitely recommend this book.
3. The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn. I love a good food memoir, and this one was no exception. Kathleen Flinn tells about her experience at one of the most famous and prestigious cooking schools in the world, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Along the way she shares recipes, love stories, and her unwavering passion for cooking (and food). I loved it.