28 March 2016

12 Books to Read in April

I often talk about the physical (print) books on my reading list, but I sometimes forget to let you know what's new on my eReader. Here are 12 books (all to be published in April) that caught my attention.

Traveling to New Places

• The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones: Set in Alaska, this novel follows Tara Marconi's transformation from Philadelphia athlete and baker to commercial fisherman in the harsh northern latitudes. Themes: friendship, self-discovery, new starts (Mariner Books) • Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjie Divakaruni: Set in India and America, this is the story of three generations of women whose choices have unexpected consequences. Themes: mothers & daughters, cultural expections (Simon & Schuster) • Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan: Set in the 1850s, this novel follows the journey of Jonah Williams who escapes from his South Carolina plantation to find freedom in the north. Themes: human spirit, friendship, survival (Algonquin). • A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry: Set in Puerto Rico, this murder mystery finds its foundation in folklore and tales of the "girl filled with poison," who may or may not be dangerous. Themes: first love, culture clash, folk beliefs (Algonquin Books for Young Readers)

Nonfiction Picks

• Jungle of Stone by William Carlsen: This is the true story of the early-1800s discovery of the fabled cities of the ancient Maya. Facing an unforgiving environment, two men survived a 2,500-mile journey to tell the world of their discoveries. History (William Morrow) • The Last Voyageurs by Lorraine Baoissoneault: In 1976 a group of Midwestern teens and high school teachers set out to reenact the 3,300-mile journey of French explorer La Salle. This is the story of their adventure told against the backdrop of the original 1680 expedition. History, travel (Pegasus) • The Path by Michael Puett and Christine Gros-Loh: Written for the general public, this book is based on Harvard professor Puett's very popular Chinese philosophy class, which has transformed the lives of hundreds of students. Philosophy (Simon & Schuster) • Pistols and Petticoats by Erika Janik: The subtitle tells it all--"175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction." This book explores the trials and tribulations of the strong women who found a place in real-life law enforcement or in the pages of crime novels. Women's issues (Beacon Press)

Family and Women

• The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Ray: Set in 1948 in Australia, this is the story of a young widow trying to come to terms with life as a single parent and a World War II veteran whose poetry seems to have been bled away. Themes: healing, moving forward, friendship (Atria) • Sunday's on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly: Set over thirty years in New York City, this is the story of a couple and then a family settling into its maturity. Themes: sisters, loyalty, family love (Touchstone) • Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell: Set in the late 1950s in New York City, this novel centers on three young adults whose publishing dreams--as authors or editors--are tested by personal choices and cultural expectations. Themes: ambition, friendship, the price of success (Putnam) • The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke: Set during modern times, this novel gives three fifty-year-old best friends a do-over of their fortieth year. What would they do differently? Themes: friendship, choices, fate (Washington Square Press)

What's on your eReader for April?


rhapsodyinbooks 3/28/16, 6:57 AM  

Only one I read - Railwayman's Wife - review coming up in a few, I think. I found it very draggy in parts.

Molly 3/28/16, 7:24 AM  

SO many great titles here! I am particularly drawn to those in the Family and Women category as well as The Path. I look forward to reading your reviews.

I am reading on my eReader...Julia Cameron's new book, It's Never Too Late to Begin Again - essentially The Artist's Way for Retirees.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 3/28/16, 7:43 AM  

I'm reading Sunday's on the Phone to Monday right now...I'm only 10% in, but am enjoying it so far.

sherry fundin 3/28/16, 8:40 AM  

Hope you enjoy your travels.
sherry @ fundinmental

bermudaonion 3/28/16, 9:07 AM  

I forget about my ereader a lot too so I try to stay off netgalley. You got some great titles!

Daryl 3/28/16, 9:16 AM  

finally got through the non fictions .. those two will sate my slight craving for biographies/auto biographies for a long time .. now i am debating whats next .. those are some interesting 'teasers' you've given us.. thanks!

rhonda 3/28/16, 9:24 AM  

Before we visit the Goddess high on my tbr pile.so many choices.Love these lists.

Kailana 3/28/16, 1:34 PM  

Lots of good looking books on here. Hope you enjoy them all!

Sue Jackson 3/28/16, 6:59 PM  

Sounds like an eclectic group of books! Do you plan to read ALL of those in April?? I so rarely get to new releases while they are still new. And I rarely read on my Kindle. I prefer paper books, though I have read a few on my Kindle and have some others I am looking forward to.

Enjoy these books -


Book By Book

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 3/30/16, 3:04 PM  

I'm listening to The Three-Martini Lunch now. I'm a quarter of the way through and it's holding my interest. Also enjoying the narration.

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