COZY WEATHER READS
Over the next few months, we’ll be slowing down a bit on the reading lists. September marks the beginning of the celebration/holiday season for myself and family. There’ll be baby showers, birthdays, national holidays and numerous other events to attend. So with the schedule looking so hectic, this will be the last reading list until the new year.
Instead of a theme, I’ve chosen a random variety of books that have been on my reading list for awhile. Romance is my favorite genre, so the dirtier the better. Word on the street is, that Mr. President can rival the Fifty Shades of Grey series. The Royal We has been labeled as a “Modern Cinderella” love story. I’ve never been particularly interested in the lives of royalty but it has outstanding reviews, so we’ll give it a read.
Next on the list is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the true story of the African American woman whose cervical cancer cells were cultured without permission and became the most important resource throughout scientific history. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk is also inspired by the real-life Margaret Fishback, who reminisces about her extraordinary life as she takes a walk down memory lane. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo seems to be another interesting read. Naturally, I gravitated towards the title but after reading an excerpt I can’t wait to dive into the glamorous life of this fictional 1950s movie star.
Like always, continue to stroll for a quick excerpt of each book. Also, remember to comment below with your own book recommendations and Good Reads!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Book Excerpt: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Mr. President by Katy Evans
Book Excerpt: I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him. He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side. Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win. Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist. We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Book Excerpt: Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now―her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl―but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Book Excerpt: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready, to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Book Excerpt: American, Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.
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