Simon Mawer is the author of the 2009 New York Times historical fiction bestseller The Glass Room, a story of a couple and their beautiful home before and during World War II. One Amazon review says "a near perfect novel of architecture, art and love".
Trapeze, Mawer's latest book, a blend of fact and fiction, is an espionage tale set in Europe again during World War II. An English girl fluent in French is recruited by the British Special Operations Executive which trained agents to operate behind enemy lines. She is parachuted into France to join the resistance network. The New York Journal of Books said it has "many of the finest elements of spy thrillers and even romance novels" and "is a fascinating tale and homage to the resistance fighters and members of the SOE".
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is still creating great comments. Reese Witherspoon has been set to produce the movie.
|Soon to be a movie|
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail is Cheryl Strayed's memoir of her summer, 1995 eleven hundred mile hike. She had no experience, "just an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise". This is an Oprah Book Club selection. It brings Bill Bryson's A Walk In The Woods to mind but that book is much lighter. It does bear some resemblance to Elizabeth Gilbert's blockbuster Eat, Pray Love. The publisher says Wild is "told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor". "It captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her".
|Cheryl Strayed on the hike|
All these books have good "buzz". Why not stop at the library and check one out.