Newish Releases: July 10
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Okay, I haven't had a chance to read this one yet. I'm on the wait list at the library. And I'm forty-eighth in line. I may have to break down and buy it because I've heard nothing but good things. A friend, who has impeccable tastes in books, said, "I think I found my new Bernadette." As in the Bernadette from Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, basically the best comparison anyone could ever make.
Socially awkward Eleanor spends her weekends with frozen pizza and vodka. I'm having hard time seeing what's wrong with that. Things change when she, unintentionally, meets a coworker who is also a loner.
Here's what the one and only Reese Witherspoon had to say about Eleanor:
“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!”
She loved it so much, she's producing the film adaptation. So, read it before you see the movie. And then you, too, can be that person who makes comparisons between page and film. I'm an absolute nightmare to watch film adaptations with.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
I have an obsession with people who grow up in cults or militias or dooms day prepping situations. I don't get it. I'm not much of a follower so the cult thing never made sense, guns scare me and I'm not super concerned about defending myself against the government because I'm pretty sure they have bigger weapons, and I don't want to survive. I really don't. I'll gladly be a zombie or whatever they're prepping for. So, this life is completely foreign to me and, therefore, fascinating.
Author Tara Westover was raised in the hills of Idaho, completely isolated from the outside world. She'd never seen a doctor, she'd never been to school. When an older brother, who had managed to get himself into college, comes home with stories of the outside world, Tara decides to follow in his footsteps. She taught herself the basics, enough to take the ACT and score well enough to get her into college. There, she learned, for the first time, about events such as the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, knowledge we take for granted.
Her thirst for knowledge takes her further and further from her roots, to the point she's unsure she has a place to call home.
What's James Patterson Up To?:
I'm not sure what he's actually doing, but I like to pretend his life is basically this:
Our Pick of the Week:
As with Kevin Johnson's novel, The Hill, I would not be doing my job if I didn't take this opportunity of plug another one of our authors, Missy Ritchie-Nichols. She has released her previously published collection of letters, Letters to Love, and it's available today!
Letters to love is a deeply moving collection of author Missy Nicholas's letters that document her twenty-year search for love. Sometimes hopeful, sometimes despairing, the letters reflect the emotional roller coaster that every single woman can identify with and every married woman should be reminded of. In her search, Nicholas discovers as much about herself as she does about the love she is looking for and the type of person she wants to spend her life sharing it with. Steeped in truth, Letters to Love is a love story like you've never read before.