This is the incredible true crime story of McNamara’s relentless drive to solve the identity of the GSK, a rapist and murderer who terrorized California for a 10-year period. McNamara’s writing will draw you in and you will be hard-pressed to put this book down. A blogger, wife, mother, writer, tragically McNamara died in her sleep before the book was published just months before the criminalist, she had been working closely with, solved the crime and the GSK was arrested 40 years after his crime spree ended.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer is one of the most entertaining, funny and sweet novels I’ve read in a very long time. Arthur Less, a mid-list novelist from San Francisco is facing losing his youth (turning 50), his floundering career and his lover of nine years who is marrying someone else. He has to get out of town so he cobbles together an extensive writer’s boondoggle from invitations he has long since tossed aside. The trip takes him around the world but he can’t outrun his broken life and broken heart. Laugh, smile and enjoy this comic masterpiece.
Tara Westover was raised by survivalist and devout Mormon parents in remote Idaho. Tara had no birth certificate, never went to school, nor did she ever receive medical care from a doctor. She survived so many accidents and near-death experiences in her childhood but finally escaped that life by teaching herself enough to be accepted to BYU where she learned of the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, and slavery for the first time. Eventually she earned a PhD in history. If you’re a fan of the memoir, think Liar’s Club, Glass Castle and Hillbilly Elegy all rolled into one story.