Apr 8, 2018

Sunday Salon: Historical Fiction, Travel, and a Memoir

New books for spring!

Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing Effects of Travel

Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing Effects of Travel by Craig Storti, published April 18, 2018

A Date with Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #47)
A Date With Murder: Murder, She Wrote by 
Publication: May 1, 2018, Berkley Books

The Lost Family: A Novel
The Lost Family by Jenna Blum
Publication: July 3, 2018, Harper
Marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s. (publisher)

 Another Side of Paradise
Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow
Publication: May 29, 2018, Harper
Theme: the romance between legendary gossip columnist Sheilah Graham and F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Perfect Mother
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
Publication: May 1, 2018, Harper
Genre: psychological thriller

Finished reading:
Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia

Flat Broke with Two Goats: a Memoir by Jennifer McGaha
Published Jan. 23, 2018; Sourcebooks
Source: library ebook borrow
My comments: A five star book for just being such an unusual memoir about a couple going from being city dwellers to becoming farmers in a run-down cabin surrounded by forest and wildlife in Appalachia, the couple making their own goat cheese, rearing chickens and goats, and growing agricultural products for a living. The change from resisting the move with its hardships to accepting and loving her new life in the woods is the main theme of the author's memoir. Loved it! 
Sold on a Monday

Also finished Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
Publication: August 28, 2018, Sourcebooks Landmark

From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.
The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, in 1931. 
Review to be posted soon.

Currently reading:
The Lost Family by Jenna Blum (see above); I'm enjoying the easy storytelling of the author's and the fascinating novel of a man surviving WWII to becoming a successful restaurateur, only to continue to be haunted by his past. 

What books are you reading this week?
The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,  It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date., and Mailbox Monday.


  1. So many tempting books! I am eyeing The Lost Family, Another Side of Paradise, and The Perfect Mother. I saw Flat Broke with Two Goats on the library list. Maybe I will request it!

    Enjoy your week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  2. Is The Perfect Mother imperfect? I get that feeling from the looks of the cover.

  3. Great books! I really want to read Sold on a Monday, Another Side of Paradise, and The Lost Family. I just got the Murder She Wrote Book and am really excited. I love the show so I'm thinking it'll be fun to see the characters in book form. I loved Flat Broke with Two Goats! So glad to see you did as well. Have a great week!


  4. Wonderful collection of books here! Many interest me, including the travel book, the WWII book, and the "billy goat" book. Have a terrific week, Harvee.

  5. That travel book looks really good. I wish I could travel more. I hope you have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. Fascinating books. Thanks for the updates.

  7. We have a few books in common. I'm adding Flat Broke with Two Goats to my wish list - it sounds like the kind of memoir I adore.

    1. Flat Broke was an interesting and fun memoir to read.

  8. Nice looking books. Interesting variety too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. I lot of nice books here. Flat Broke and the travel books both look good.

    1. I enjoyed reading Flat Broke....an unusual memoir.

  10. Enjoy all your books. Why Travel Matters and the Murder, She Wrote both catch my eye.

  11. The Lost Family looks really good! I've read another book by that author and liked it. I hope you have a great week!

  12. Nice mailbox.

    Flat Broke With Two Goats sounds funny.

    The Lost Family sounds good too.

    I have Sold on a Monday.

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Interesting variety. I like the travel book. Happy Reading!


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