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Rona's First Coast Living Recommendations 


Monday, September 12, 2016

A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles ($27) ... The author of Rules of Civility delivers again with a historical novel set during Stalin's rule.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan ($24.95) ... a novel narrated by a fetus.  This is a very original retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet.       

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs ($25.99) ... without the catchy tunes of Broadway, this is the love affair that both defined and haunted  one of the nation's Founding  Fathers.

Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch ($26) ... a dark novel that weaves together the lives of a teenager, a missing teacher and the author and his wife.

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen ($27.95) ... reviewer's agree that this is one of the best Hiassen takes on Florida ever.

Best State Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry ($27) ... another expose that tries to explain why Florida is  "never boring" by one of the state's funniest commentators.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry ($23.00)  A kidnapped girl returns home 8 years later ... or does she? 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liana Moriarty ($26.99). Three couples go to a barbeque and spend years wondering what if we hadn't gone?

The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood ($25.95). A woman joins an unusual bookclub where each member selects the book that matters the most to them for discussion.  A tribute to the power of the story. 

The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner ($27.00). Generations of a family run a cafe on a small island off the coast of Italy ... through wars, recessions and torrid love affairs.

The Girls by Emma Cline ($27.00). Based on the true story of Charles Manson and his followers, a young girl is seduced into a cult during the turbulent 1960s.

Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent ($23.95). A memoir of a middle-aged woman and a 90-year-old man  who deal with their recent losses through cooking.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren ($26.95) A combination of science, the beauty of plants and the importance of finding your passion in iife.


Rona's First Coast Living Recommendations  (July 11, 2016)


Barskins by Annie Proulx ($32.00)

Renowned author Proulx moves into Michener territory with a vast multigenerational story of the North Woods and the taking down of the world's forests.

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters--barkskins. Rene suffers extraordinary hardship and his descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, becomes a fur trader.  Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years and their travels across America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand. 


Julian Fellowes Belgravia ($27.00)

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.


Miss Jane by Brad Watson ($25.95)

Set in Mercury, Mississippi, in the early 20th century, Miss Jane is the story of Jane Chisolm, a woman born with a genital birth defect that renders her "useless" in a time when a woman was intended for two purposes: marriage and motherhood. Contrary to other independent-minded literary heroines like Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" or the unnamed narrator in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper, " Jane is not actively shunning social expectations, but rather forced into a life of solitude by circumstances beyond her control. 


I Am No One by Patrick Flanery ($27.00)

A mesmerizing novel about memory, privacy, fear, and what happens when our past catches up with us.

After a decade living in England, Jeremy O'Keefe returns to New York, where he has been hired as a professor of German history at New York University. But soon, Jeremy's life begins taking strange turns: boxes containing records of his online activity are delivered to his apartment, a young man seems to be following him, and his elderly mother receives anonymous phone calls slandering her son. As Jeremy takes stock of the entanglements that marked his years abroad, he wonders if he has unwittingly committed a crime and reassesses what it means to be free in a time of ever more intrusive surveillance,


What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte $28.00)

Perez-Reverte, best known for his literary thrillers (and who should be best known for "The Painter of Battles", one of the most brilliantly uncompromising war novels written in the last two or three decades), returns with the story of an enduring love between gorgeous, high-society Mecha and Max, a sleekly sophisticated thief. They first meet on a transatlantic cruise ship en route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928; then in 1937 Nice, when their rekindled romance is snuffed by an encounter with a Spanish spy; and finally in 1966 Sorrento.

A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Perez-Reverte as an international literary giant


Oh, Florida by Craig Pittman ($26.99)

Every place has its idiosyncrasies, but journalist Pittman ("The Scent of Scandal") makes a strong case for Florida being the strangest state in the nation. He relates bizarre events with assorted characters from Florida's current culture and modern history. Covering diverse topics such as politics, plastic surgery, civil rights, Scientology, sinkholes, and NASCAR, the author shares news reports and scandals representing the oddity that is Florida.


Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam (now in pbk, $15.99)

"Carrying Albert Home" is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made "Rocket Boys" a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.