This Week’s Biggest Books
This Week’s Biggest Books
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Every week we highlight some of the most-talked about and most-interesting good books currently making noise.
- The Right Time, by Danielle Steel
Alexandra Winslow grew up through tragedy—first abandoned by her mother when she was just seven, then losing her beloved father at fourteen. Alex finds solace in creativity, writing dark, twisty crime stories from an early age, encouraged first by her father (who warns her that men only buy books written by men) and then by the nuns at the orphanage that takes her in after his death. Brilliant and talented, Alex published her first novel while still in college, under the pseudonym Alexander Green. Leading this double life is stressful—but illuminating, as Alex the smart young woman is exposed to the seedy, the greedy, and those who would use her if they only knew she was actually the brilliant writer they’re all chasing. But Alex wants nothing more than to tell the truth, but the right time never seems to come, even though her dual life is crushing her.
- The Glass Houses, by Louise Penny
Penny returns to Three Pines and Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, opening with a tense courtroom where the presiding judge begins to suspect that there’s something wrong with Gamache’s testimony. Gamache flashes back to the events that were set in motion months before, when a curious person in costume appeared in Three Pines, standing ominously, never speaking. Gamache immediately suspects he knows what’s happening, but hopes he is wrong—and when the figure vanishes and a dead body turns up, Gamache and the rest of the colorful denizens of Three Pines set a plot in motion—a plot Gamache hopes leads to the outcome he desires even if it means the end of his storied career.
- Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, by Robert Wright
Wright, having previously explored the role of evolution in our collective unhappiness, now explores the potential for a solution to our imperfect brains—and he thinks it’s Buddhism. One of the central tenants of Buddhism is the idea that our sufferings result from an imperfect view of reality, something that can slowly be corrected through meditation and and contemplation. Wright proposes that everyone can apply these concepts to their lives and slowly begin to take control of our own happiness and sense of satisfaction, and he takes the time to walk the reader through his own thoughts process and his own research and investigations that caused him to conclude that Buddhists figured this out long ago, without the benefit of modern society. The result is a surprising and fascinating concept that just might change some lives.
- Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton
The newest Kinsey Millhone mystery from the great Sue Grafton starts off in 1979, when four teenage boys at a private school for the wealthy sexually assault a young girl—and film themselves doing it. The tape goes missing, and another boy at school is suspected; though he winds up murdered, the tape remains lost. The boys turn on each other and two of them go to prison—but their leader disappears. Ten years later, one of the boys is released from jail, only to become a prisoner in his own home. When a copy of the infamous tape arrives with a ransom note, Millhone is called in to help. As she gets her hands dirty working this dark case, she finds someone is leaving clues for her, too—clues that hint at a personal grudge against her.