A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen. I really love the idea behind this book, and feel it would be the best gift to give or receive. The author reflects on what it takes to get a life – to live deeply every day from your own self, instead of existing through your days. I’m so intrigued.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. Ever since finishing The Goldfinch last year, I’ve been looking for my next good, heavy read. City on Fire is a mystery novel set in 1976 New York City and features a tantalizing cast of characters, including the detective investigating them for a shooting on New Year’s Eve.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale tells the story of two sisters, separated in World War II France by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.
The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee. I’ve always been intrigued by the lives of expats, leaving behind the familiar for a new country and culture. So I’m excited about this book – an inside look at the lives of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong.