By: Mary Alice Monroe, NY Times Bestselling Author
This is a blockbuster season for new books. One of the most exciting in recent memory.
Top of the list is the highly anticipated memoir by Cassandra King Conroy, Tell Me A Story. This intimate tale reveals poignant moments of her life with the celebrated beloved author, her husband, Pat Conroy. A novelist herself, Cassandra offers her best story yet. She's a great friend, and I felt we were sitting on a sofa, legs curled, sharing personal stories. I'd read bits she'd never told me before. I read an early copy for a book blurb. Here's what I said, "Tell Me A Story is breathtakingly tender, heartbreakingly true... The best memoir I've read." I loved it and highly recommend it!
The Winemaker's Wife by Kristen Harmel. I love champagne and have visited the champagne region of France. While there I met and became friends with a winemaker family who told of how they hid in the great caves of WWII. He wanted me to write his story. Well, Kristen beat me to it! This is a thrilling, emotional story of the wine region of France during the dark days of Nazi Germany.
I've purchased and just begun to dive into Alice Hoffman's The World That We Knew. I read anything Alice Hoffman writes but am partial to her stories that hold some magic or mystical element. She doesn't disappoint. In the WWII novel set in Nazi Germany, young Ettie creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally intertwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
To note: books on my TBR (to be read) pile are two of the hottest, most anticipated books of the fall. Both are sequels to blockbuster and literary successes. Margaret Atwood's The Testaments is the sequel to her dystopian The Handmaid's Tale. Elizabeth Strout's follow up to her Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kittridge is her new release, Olive Again.
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels and children's books, many of which are inspired by the Lowcountry landscape. She's a longtime resident of the Isle of Palms, a passionate conversationalist and devoted member of the Island Turtle Team. Learn more at www.MaryAliceMonroe.com.
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