How did it get to be 2014? Yes, I sound incredibly old. I’ve mentioned before anyday now I’ll start using words like “dagnabit” and “kids these days.” With the new year comes new books. When there’s new books, I do my Snoopy happy dance. I might even drool. What am I going to be reading? Come find out!
The Days of Anna Madrigal, Armistead Maupin: Maupin is saying this is the last Tales of the City novels. I am choosing not to believe him. Because how can we exist without Mary Ann, Michael Mouse, Brian, Shauna aka Puppy, Prue, DeDe,and D’Or? We especially can’t exist without Mrs. Madgrial, our favorite landlady who never met a joint she didn’t like. But Mrs. Madgrial is getting older and more frail. What is next for her? Maybe a trip back to Nevada will show her the way. (January 2014)
The Daring Girls of Lowell, Kate Alcott: Historical novelist Alcott is back with the tale of the Lowell girls. They were the ones who would sit in a cramped room, making dresses and shirtwaists. The work is hard. It takes a fire for anyone to take notice, but will it be too late? (February 2014)
Acts of God, Ellen Gilchrist: I adore Ellen Gilchrist’s short stories. Her characters are ones you want to hang out with, they’re so funny and real. Gilchrist is back after twelve years with new short stories. I am hoping that one will be about my favorite literary redhead, Rhoda Manning. Rhoda loves being the center of attention, always has to have the last word, and has given her poor parents more gray hairs than they wanted. (March 2014)
The End of Eve, Ariel Gore: Our favorite rock star single mom is back! Late 2009, Ariel Gore finds herself content. She has a wonderful partner, her daughter is in college, and she has a two year old boy. But then Gore’s mother Eve makes a visit. She has stage four lung cancer. Gore finds herself on a journey that will disrupt her life, but finds out disruptions can be good for you, not necessarily bad. (March 2014)
I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 Annabelle Gurwitch: She’s that woman who’s was on Dinner and a Movie. No wait, wasn’t she that hooker on Miami Vice? I know! She’s Gina from Guiding Light! (Okay, I remember this) Gurwitch is an incredibly funny woman, and I know this will be an incredibly funny book. Plus it has pink panties on the cover. Let’s get the giggling out of the way. Panties! Pink panties! Giggle! (March 2014)
We Won't Feel a Thing, JC Lillis: Being an indie writer, I’ve gotten to read other indie authors as well. I especially loved How to Mend a Mechanical Heart by JC Lillis (Who I did a Q&A with last year) Lillis is back with a new novel about two teenagers who grew up together. They’re not related, yet definitely have feelings for each other. How will they fight the feelings? By not singing REO Speedwagon anytime soon. No, they try and go through an esty selfhelp deprogramming program. Knowing Lillis, this will be incredibly funny. (March 2014)
The Pink Suit, Nicole Mary Kelby: It is an outfit etched in our memories: the bloodied pink Chanel suit Jackie Kennedy wore when her husband was murdered. When well meaning people tried to get her to change, she said “No. Let them see what they’ve done.” But how did that suit come to be? We find out with this new historical novel by Kelby. (May 2014)
American Blonde, Jennifer Niven: Velva Jean Hart: WASP, Spy, now movie star? Yep, our Velva Jean is told she ought to be in pictures, so she goes to Hollywood, ready for her closeup. However, Velva Jean soon finds out that not everything is as glamourous as it appears. (July 2014)
The Care and Management of Lies, Jacquline Winspear: March is not going to be the same without our Maisie Dobbs, who went on a grand adventure in Winspear’s last Maisie mystery. However, this novel about the war that has haunted Maisie for years looks especially good. (July 2014)
Alas, I missed some books in 2013. I know, shock! But I plan on hopefully reading them next year. They include:
The Circle,Dave Eggers: Mae has finally left her boring job behind. She’s working for The Circle, the company everyone wants to work for. There’s yoga and pilates studios. Sometimes stars come to seranade the workers. But Mae soon finds that not everything is as perfect as it appears.
We Are Water, Wally Lamb: I love anything Lamb writes. I can't believe I missed this one about a woman who after twenty-seven years of marriage leaves her husband for another woman. As in all of Lamb's works, something else is lurking about. It's set in Three Rivers, home to many of his characters. I'm hoping they'll make appearances in this one too.
So tell me darling readers: What books are you going to read in 2014?
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