August 3 : Jo Piazza, “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win”
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August 3 : Jo Piazza, “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win”

August 3: Jo Piazza, “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win”

Lori & Julia say:

A smart, funny and enthralling page turner about the cost of being a woman in the public eye. We absolutely fell in love with Charlotte and you will too. You do not want to stop reading and the twist at the end…. Has already been optioned for a TV series! 5 out of 5 stars

 

 

August 2:  Paul Tremblay, “Cabin at the End of the World”

Lori & Julia say:

A suspenseful story about a couple renting a cabin in a remote part of New Hampshire when 4 strangers barge in and present them with an unthinkable scenario. The narrative is dark and intense and the ending is ambigious. If you are a fan of Stephen King you will like, if not then you probably will not. 2 stars Julia & 3 1/2 stars

 

 

July 25:  Liz Felton & Lisa Steinke, “Girls Night Out”

Lori & Julia say:

Three long time estranged friends go on a girls getaway to Tulum to mend the fractures in a 20 year friendship. But they are keeping secrets from each other and then one of them goes missing. What “happens” is told from the perspective of each woman. We guarantee you will keep turning the pages in this suspenseful novel.  5 out of 5 stars!

 

 

July 17:  Caroline Kepnes, “Providence”

Lori & Julia say:

Set in New England, this is a suspenseful “Stephen King’ish” book about the obsessive nature of love when an intense relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping…and what happens four years later when the kidnapped person mysteriously suddenly re-appears with no idea what happened but with a strange power.  The author also write the book “YOU” which will be a Lifetime limited series debuting Sept 2019. 4 out of 5 stars

 

July 12: Judy Blundell, “The High Season

Lori and Julia say:

The ultimate summer read! This novel of money, class, family and love is simply perfect. Set by the sea in a quiet village two ferry rides from the glitzier Hamptons, this story is packed with unforgettable characters, sparkling wit and “upstairs/downstairs” drama. 5 out of 5 stars!

 

 

 

July 10: Erin Carlson, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”

Lori and Julia say:

This is a behind the scenes book written by arts & entertainment report Erin Carlson that dives into the story of Nora Ephron & how she re-invented the rom-com. Erin gets incredibly dishy and interesting stories from everyone involved in these movies. From Tom Hanks to Rosie O’Donnell to Rob Reiner…the list goes on. Fascinating and vivid portrait of an iconic American filmmaker & how she made the magic happen in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, YOU’VE GOT MAIL, JULIE & JULIA… 5 out of 5 stars

 

July 6:  Aimee Molloy, The Perfect Mother

Lori and Julia say:

A  novel about a group of women whose lives become connected when one of their newborn babies go missing…the suspenseful story unfolds over 13 days in Brooklyn as the collection of new moms try to figure out what happened and what is going on… all while balancing their own fears, joys & insecurities about being new moms. Soon to be a movie starring Kerry Washington.

 

 

 

June 29: Simon Doonan, “Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness

Lori and Julia say:

A delicious deep dive into the off-field fashion of soccer’s biggest players. The result after 4 years of research and a lifetime of watching is a highly detailed  yet equally amusing  book. Simon categorizes the biggest soccer players in the world into 9 fashion tribes like Label Kings, Fauxhemians… 5 stars out of 5 stars!

 

 

 

June 26: Roz Nay, “Our Little Secret”

Lori and Julia Say:

For fans of In A Dark Dark Wood and All The Missing Girls…this twisty psychological thriller is about a missing woman,your first love, a tangled love triangle and the secrets we keep (and the secrets we share). Will keep you riveted until the very last page. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

June 22nd:  Allison Pearson, “How Hard Can it Be”

Lori and Julia say:

Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday with 2 teenagers, aging parents and a husband in a mid-life crisis. Oh and no one wants to hire her &  peri-menopause is on! This story is hilarious, deliciously sardonic and spot-on.  A worthy sequel to her 1st book “I Don’t Know How She Does It”. And  it’s been optioned for TV!

 

 

 

June 20th: Elin Hilderbrand, “The Perfect Couple”

Lori and Julia say:

Elin Hilendenbrand 21st book – is a hit.  We have read most and she ALWAYS delivers a perfect beach read.

5 stars.

 

 

 

 

 

June 12th: Jessica Knoll, “The Favorite Sister”

 

Lori and Julia Say:

The author of LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE has done it again. The story of 5 women on a reality show called “Gold Diggers” and 2 sisters with a dark secret.  It’s a smart, soapy and wildly entertaining book that is hard to put down. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5th:  Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, “Sex and the city and Us”

Lori and Julia say:

From the NY Times bestselling author of SEINFELDIA, comes an amazing book about the most successful & lucrative TV show of all time. Smart, insightful, fun & dishy at the same time. Jennifer spoke with just about everyone connected with the show and every page is delicious!!!  5 out of 5 stars. P.S. our bodyperks (nipple enhancers) is the only show idea to come from outside the writers room! Season 4, episode 6!

 

 

 

 

May 31st: Madeline Miller, “Circe”

 Lori and Julia say:

This book took our breath away!  We read this book in like 2 days…we couldn’t put this book down!  Circe is really an incredible Woman because she’s basically ostracized…people are verbally and emotionally abusive to her…she really does speak to you as a character…like I really was just intoxicated with her!

(5 stars)

 

 

 

 

May 23:  Sally Franson, “The Ladies Guide to Selling Out”

 Lori and Julia say:

A smart, clever and funny story about the world of advertising and social media starring a heroine we fall in love with – Casey Pendergast! This story also is about friendship, ambition, love of books and men.  In the same vibe as The Devil Wears Prada, this book is a treat from the first page to the last page.  (4 stars)

May 17: Chris Bohjalian, “The Flight Attendant”


Lori and Julia say:

A twisty read-in-one sitting book! Right away we meet Cassie Bowden, flight attendant, who wakes up with a massive hangover and a dead man in her bed in Dubai. Expect the unexpected and get ready for literary suspense. Also add “this has been optioned as a limited tv series starring Kaley Cuoco” (5 stars)

 

 

May 14: Brian Freeman, “Altered Ego”


Lori and Julia say:

Brian Freeman knocks it out of the park with this latest Jonathan Stride novel! If you are a fan of the literary characters of Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, Cork O’Conner or Lucas Davenport then this book series is for you! Hollywood arrives in Duluth, a John Doe ends up dead on page 2 and a someone goes missing from the movie set…whew! this is a page turner!  4.5 stars

May 4: Elizabeth Church, “All The Beautiful Girls”

Lori and Julia say:

A powerful novel about a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas–and finds unexpected fortune, friendship, and love. This book captures both the iconic extravagance of an era and the bravery of a young woman who dances through her sadness to find connection, freedom, and, most importantly, herself. We can see the movie!!

4 stars

May 2: Eileen McNamara, “Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World”

Lori and Julia say: 

This is an incredibly moving biography about a woman who should be more well known. Eunice changed the world in many ways and if you love biographies this is a story for you. Everything is well reported and artfully told by the author… the famous family, her impact on her brothers, how Special Olympics came to be and her bipartisan dealmaking over 40 years.

5 stars!

 

April 27: Christobel Kent, “The Day She Disappeared”

Lori & Julia Say:

This book is tense and exciting but also thoughtful and deliberate in how the author portrays everyone in this English town where a young woman has disappeared. We never figured out who the killer was until the end of the book. And this story kept us on the “edge of the page” the whole way through.

4/5 Stars

 

 

 

April 24: Joanna Coles, “Love Rules

 

Lori & Julia say:

This is a diet book for love! Just as there is junk food this former cosmo editor has a theory there is junk love. Joanna Cole has created a series of guidelines & 15 tips to finding love. And it’s excellent! Julia says she “ needed this book 2 years ago but is glad to have it now!”

5/5 Stars

April 18: Camille Pagan, “Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties”

 

Lori & Julia say:

Bestselling author Camille Pagan asks an age old question…..how can you face the world alone if no one sees you? At 53, Maggie thought she had a good marriage and then something she thought would never happen, happens. Her husband leaves her. A funny & hopeful story about a woman on the verge of finding herself again.

4/5 Stars

 

April 12: Louie Anderson, “Hey Mom: Stories For My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too”

 

Lori & Julia say:

A book of letters to his late mom, Louie Anderson moves us to tears with his poignant humor & makes us laugh because he is funny.  He shares his journey of turning life’s challenges into joy, as well as plenty of wisdom he’s still discovering from his late mother. And you ust watch him in BASKETS! He’s won an Emmy & is fantastic in this show!

5/5 Stars

 

April 11: Robin Oliveira, “Winter Sisters”

 

Lori & Julia Say:

This book has it all. It’s a thriller, a family saga, a courtroom drama and historical fiction all wrapped into one amazing story. Set at the end of the 19th century when a blizzard hits Albany, New York, two young sisters go missing.

5/5 Stars

 

 

April 5: Nell Scovell,  “Just the Funny Parts… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club”

Lori & Julia Say: 

Nell Scovell has worked behind the scenes of iconic tv shows including The Simpsons, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Murphy Brown & Letterman to name a few. This is a juicy inside look at “how pop culture” gets made. And the stories, even the painful ones, are funny as hell.

 

 

 

 April 4: Amy Kaufman, “Bachelor Nation”


Lori & Julia say: 

We have to agree with Diablo Cody’s assessment of “Bachelor Nation”. “This is a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in pop culture, television history, and the phenomenon of real people becoming brands”.

 

 

 

 

 March 22: Karen Perry, “Girl Unknown

 

Lori & Julia say:

Imagine one day a 19-year-old walks into your family’s life by claiming she is your husband’s daughter. That is the premise of this tense and psychological thriller.

It’s very satisfying and kept us guessing until the last page of the book! Then we dropped the book on the floor! You’re left thinking “NO!”

 

 

March 14: Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage”

From Tayari Jones’ website:

 

 

Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.

 

 

March 8: Kristin Hannah, “The Great Alone”

Wonderful, spellbinding and powerful.

February 27: “The Wife Between Us”

Absolutely fantastic. Heart-pounding suspense.

February 22: Christopher Yates, “Grist Mill Road”

Lori read this on the way to Honolulu. A suspense thriller you can’t put down. it should be made into an 8 part mini-series for HBO!

Lori Vacation reads:

  1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen*
  2. Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me by Patti Boyd
  3. Grist Mill Road by Christopher Yates*
  4. Undone by Karin Slaughter
  5. Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
  6. The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb
  7. Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
  8. Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

February 7: A.J. Finn, “The Woman in the Window”

Finn’s debut novel is perfection. The most wonderfully heart pounding suspense novel.

January 24: Anna Todd, “The Spring Girls”

Delicious and fun. A modern reimagining of “Little Women” with generational wallpaper of “now.” The family lives on a military base, and it’s all about sisterhood.

January 3: Ashley Hay, “A Hundred Small Lessons”

This book follows the lives of two women, an elderly woman who moves out of a home and the woman that moves into it. It’s about the intersection of two lives at two ends of the spectrum. Good read.

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