Schools everywhere use books to teach students all kinds of subjects. Ruby, the 70-year-old grandmother in the novel by Jan Stites, Reading the Sweet Oak, starts a romance book club to try an teach her granddaughter, Tulsa, about love. Stites spoke to me about the Ozarks, making a great book club, and lessons we can learn about love.
Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl and the newly released Pretty Baby, takes readers through suspenseful twists and turns after a chance meeting between two women on a train platform. Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will appreciate this interesting take on the thin line that separates sanity and darker impulses
Erika Swyler's debut novel, The Book of Speculation, tells the story of a family haunted by their mother's past. As Simon learns more about his mother's life both inside and outside of the circus, he comes to view his family gifted with ability to hold their breath like sea creatures and see the past and future through the tarot to be both incredibly susceptible to death in the water and lacking insight into their own conditions.
Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest novel, Maybe in Another Life, tackles one of the big riddles of life: what if? What if I went home with this man? What if I went home with my friends instead? Maybe in Another Life leaves together the two big what if threads of Hannah Martin's life as she finds love and her way in the world.