The Love of My Life, by Rosie Walsh

Staff Pick

I’m a sucker for Australian and British mysteries and my newest favorite is British writer Rosie Walsh’s The Love of My Life. In this examination of love, commitment, and deception, the reader is kept guessing about a laundry list of secrets that tumble out one by one as the life of the protagonist, Emma, begins to unravel. The veneer of a happy and successful family—Emma is married to a smart, compassionate obituary writer named Leo, and they have a young daughter they adore—loses its luster when Emma is diagnosed with cancer and Leo starts preparing a file obit in the event of her death. He soon finds that Emma is not the Emma he thought he knew. Subplots emerge, and characters with unclear motives populate the pages. Walsh, who has written another novel under her own name and several under a pseudonym, says her motive is always to tell a great love story. In this novel, she does just that.

 

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ISBN: 9780593296998
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - March 1st, 2022

Carrie Soto is Back, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Staff Pick

As a lifelong tennis player, rabid tennis fan, and once a reporter covering professional tennis for The Washington Post, I was dubious that Taylor Jenkins Reid could pull off a novel about an aging former champion’s return to the tennis tour. But I have liked Jenkins Reid’s work in the past so I decided to dive into Carrie Soto is Back. I’m glad I did. As clichéd as the story sounds, Jenkins Reid illuminates it with memorable characters, a nuanced understanding of the sport, great dialogue, and a penchant for humor and entertainment. This is the perfect novel for this season – not too heavy, not too light, a fun read with some deeper messages undergirding the plot. Bonus: If you are partial to audiobooks (please get them through Libro.fm, which partners with independent bookstores), this is a great one to listen to. You’ll enjoy cameo appearances from former players and commentators Patrick McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

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ISBN: 9780593158685
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 2022

The Invisible Kingdom, by Meghan O'Rourke

Staff Pick

Writer and critic Meghan O’Rourke is uniquely suited to write a testimonial about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. In The Invisible Kingdom: Living with Chronic Illness, she recounts the onset of mysterious autoimmune disorders when she was a young woman and the misdiagnoses and imprecise treatments that followed. O’Rourke bravely takes the reader through the array of health problems that left her demoralized and incapacitated, and led to assumptions among her doctors that her illness was due to anxiety, depression, or emotional instability. Relying on her skill as a writer, O’Rourke delivers her story with a message: There are no neat solutions for her or the tens of millions of Americans suffering from auto-immune diseases that doctors routinely ignore or don’t understand. These patients must endure a health care system too specialized and frazzled to find answers to illnesses that require holistic, integrated approaches to diagnoses and treatment. It is no surprise that O’Rourke’s book was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award. Deservedly so. 

 

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ISBN: 9781594633799
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2022

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