Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance, one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty marries chick lit and murder mystery to craft a fascinating account of the lives of three very different woman dealing with love, loss and betrayal:

Cecilia Fitzpatrick - a devoted mom and wife, pillar of the community and one of the top Tupperware sellers in the country learns about a secret her husband has been withholding for years.

Tess Curtis – faces betrayal by those she loves the most moves back in with her mom. Will she ever find it in her heart to forgive?

Rachel Crowley – a school secretary, mother and grandmother lost her beautiful daughter to a murder years ago and is about to “loose” her son and grandson due to their plans to move to New York. What will she do when she discovers new “evidence” that only “confirms” who her daughter’s murderer is? 

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
A hilarious, insightful, sarcastic story follows four adult siblings who gather in their childhood home to sit Shiva (the seven days of mourning following the death of an immediate family member in Jewish tradition) to mourn the death of their father. The book is told through the voice of one of the sons, Judd, whose marriage is in shambles and who must now spend time with his dysfunctional family that he can’t stand. Soon to be a major picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

A hilarious, insightful, sarcastic story follows four adult siblings who gather in their childhood home to sit Shiva (the seven days of mourning following the death of an immediate family member in Jewish tradition) to mourn the death of their father. The book is told through the voice of one of the sons, Judd, whose marriage is in shambles and who must now spend time with his dysfunctional family that he can’t stand. Soon to be a major picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick  
At almost 40 years old, Bartholomew has never held a job and lives with his mother. When she dies he is clueless how to be on his own. He bares his soul by writing letters to Richard Gere, his imaginary friend.  Enter a cast of quirky, unusual, and fragile characters: a drunken, self-defrocked priest, a feline obsessed, foul mouthed friend, and a girlbrarian who has been abducted by aliens. This story teaches us no matter your circumstances you can find the Good Luck of Right Now.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick  

At almost 40 years old, Bartholomew has never held a job and lives with his mother. When she dies he is clueless how to be on his own. He bares his soul by writing letters to Richard Gere, his imaginary friend.  Enter a cast of quirky, unusual, and fragile characters: a drunken, self-defrocked priest, a feline obsessed, foul mouthed friend, and a girlbrarian who has been abducted by aliens. This story teaches us no matter your circumstances you can find the Good Luck of Right Now.

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Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
This hard to put down combination mystery and war story depicts the emotional and physical scars soldiers face upon their return to civilian life. While serving as a doctor in Afghanistan, Mike’s wife dies unexpectedly. Searching for an explanation he returns to Afghanistan where he is wounded and becomes addicted to prescription painkillers. Things take a turn for the worse when he returns home and faces a custody battle for his daughter. Despite his downward spiral, he dedicates himself to unraveling the secrets that led to his wife’s death.

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

This hard to put down combination mystery and war story depicts the emotional and physical scars soldiers face upon their return to civilian life. While serving as a doctor in Afghanistan, Mike’s wife dies unexpectedly. Searching for an explanation he returns to Afghanistan where he is wounded and becomes addicted to prescription painkillers. Things take a turn for the worse when he returns home and faces a custody battle for his daughter. Despite his downward spiral, he dedicates himself to unraveling the secrets that led to his wife’s death.

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
A delightful, breezy beach read. The book follows three very different women who reside at the Alexander, a luxury high rise in Atlanta. The women bond over weekly screenings of the popular series Downtown Abbey arranged by the building’s charming and insightful concierge. Unlikely friendships form as the women face life’s challenges. A great women’s friendship story!

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

A delightful, breezy beach read. The book follows three very different women who reside at the Alexander, a luxury high rise in Atlanta. The women bond over weekly screenings of the popular series Downtown Abbey arranged by the building’s charming and insightful concierge. Unlikely friendships form as the women face life’s challenges. A great women’s friendship story!

Everything That Remains: A Memoir By The Minimalists
by Joshua Fields Millburn
Drowning in too much stuff? Then this book is for you! It tells the story of a couple of guys who are forced to reexamine their emotional relationship with stuff. Their inspirational message makes a compelling case for embracing a minimalist lifestyle. Cut the clutter! Simplify your lif

Everything That Remains: A Memoir By The Minimalists

by Joshua Fields Millburn

Drowning in too much stuff? Then this book is for you! It tells the story of a couple of guys who are forced to reexamine their emotional relationship with stuff. Their inspirational message makes a compelling case for embracing a minimalist lifestyle. Cut the clutter! Simplify your lif

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A beautiful wife disappears on her anniversary. Her husband is suspected of foul play. Did he or didn’t he? This incredibly suspenseful page-turner has a dizzying number of plot twists and turns. As narrators shift, the story of a marriage keeps changing.  Who should you believe?  Not only does this novel succeed as a complex and gripping thriller, it explores the dark and hidden corners of relationships between men and women.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A beautiful wife disappears on her anniversary. Her husband is suspected of foul play. Did he or didn’t he? This incredibly suspenseful page-turner has a dizzying number of plot twists and turns. As narrators shift, the story of a marriage keeps changing.  Who should you believe?  Not only does this novel succeed as a complex and gripping thriller, it explores the dark and hidden corners of relationships between men and women.

A dead supermodel. Was it suicide? An Iraq war veteran private investigator with one leg. Can he figure out what really happened to her? Set in London, this book is terrifically plotted as you would expect since the author is actually J. K Rowling. Add in celebrity, drugs, paparazzi and a very appealing temp as the investigator’s assistant and this is a terrific read. I am waiting for next book in what I hope will be a series.

A dead supermodel. Was it suicide? An Iraq war veteran private investigator with one leg. Can he figure out what really happened to her? Set in London, this book is terrifically plotted as you would expect since the author is actually J. K Rowling. Add in celebrity, drugs, paparazzi and a very appealing temp as the investigator’s assistant and this is a terrific read. I am waiting for next book in what I hope will be a series.