- A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. I just love Molly Wizenberg’s writing. I first discovered her through a more recent book, Delancey, and then I just had to back and read this fantastic memoir. In A Homemade Life, Molly shares stories about everything from living in Paris to meeting her husband to losing her dad to cancer. And everything comes back to food, to life around the table and why it matters so much. Every chapter contains a recipe, and I cannot wait to try my hand at baking her chocolate cake!
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. There was so much anticipation surrounding this book, and honestly I’m still trying to process my feelings about it. Go Set a Watchman takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during one of Scout’s trips back home as a young adult. It doesn’t hold a candle to To Kill a Mockingbird (of course not), but there is no denying that Harper Lee has an incredible way with words—her writing is beautiful and poignant. I also think there is something powerful about the timing of this novel’s release with the current state of race relations in our country and the way we are being challenged to pay attention to what we can learn from our past. The best thing about this book (for those literary
nerdsfanatics out there) is the connection to To Kill a Mockingbird—the ties are plentiful and fascinating. If you loved To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s definitely worth reading.
- A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan. This is your classic girly fiction type of book, which is my favorite kind of thing to read from time to time. There’s nothing outstanding about this book, but Egan offers a fun, witty story about the age-old struggle to have it all. Her protagonist is likable and relatable, and overall it’s an enjoyable, easy read.