Books to Read if You Liked These Broadway Shows


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Gilead / Marilynne Robinson.

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.

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David Bowie: a life / Dylan Jones.

Tracing Bowie’s life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, Jones describes a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra. By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, it will transform our understanding of both artist and art.

If you liked Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, check out…

Sorcerer to the Crown / Zen Cho.

In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite… The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman–a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar–as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession… At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain–and the world at large.

If you liked Oklahoma!, check out…
To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee.
The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that has been translated into more than 40 languages.

If you liked Dear Evan Hansen, check out…

We are Okay / a novel by Nina LaCour.
After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

 

If you liked Wicked, check out…
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the west: a novel / Gregory Maguire 

A fable for adults on the subject of destiny and free will by a writer of children’s books. It tells the story of Elphaba before she became the Wicked Witch of the West in the Land of Oz The novel traces her career as nun, nurse, pro-democracy activist and animal rights defender.

If you liked Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, check out…

Temptations / Otis Williams with Patricia Romanowski

A frank, revealing account of the Motown super group details the internal strife that afflicted the Temptations and provides the inside story of Motown records and its stable of superstars.

If you liked Come from Away, check out…
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland / Jim DeFede.

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

If you liked Tootsie, check out…

Making Tootsie: inside the classic film with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack / Dworkin, Susan 

In Making Tootsie, Dworkin captures Hoffman and Pollack’s voices while describing how the movie became an award-winning box office sensation and the classic motion picture that the American Film Institute rates as number two on its list of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.

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Hard Choices: [a memoir] / Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

If you liked The Waverly Gallery, check out…

Animal Dreams / a novel by Barbara Kingsolver

At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, ‘If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.

If you liked My Fair Lady, check out…

Circe : a novel / Madeline Miller

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

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Just In – April 2019


 

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Elsey Come Home / Susan Conley

Agreeing to attend a mountain retreat with her estranged husband, an alcoholic artist living in China rediscovers herself through new friendships that help her confront the deep-rooted ghosts of her childhood.

An Orchestra of Minorities: a novel / Chigozie Obioma

Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer’s Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.

Gingerbread / Helen Oyeyemi

Draws on the classic fairy-tale element of gingerbread in the story of a British family whose surprising legacy and secret past are tied to a favorite recipe.

The Dakota Winters: a novel / Tom Barbash

Returning to his childhood home in 1979 New York’s famed Dakota apartments, a former Peace Corps volunteer is swept up in a raucous celebrity effort to reignite his late-night host father’s stalled career.

Paris Echo / Sebastian Faulks

An American historical researcher in World War II Paris and a Moroccan teen who risked his life to enter France find the realities of the Nazi occupation transforming their ideas about sacrifice and happiness.

Golden Child: a novel / Claire Adam

Working exhausting hours in their rural Trinidad home, the family of a petroleum plant worker is shattered by the disappearance of a troubled twin son whose fate forces his father to make a devastating choice.

The Red Address Book / Sofia Lundberg

Living alone in her Stockholm apartment, a ninety-six-year-old woman reminisces through the pages of a long-kept address book before starting to write down stories from her past, unlocking family secrets in unexpectedly beneficial ways.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street / Yara Zgheib

A French ballerina with self-perception challenges descends into anorexia when an injury sidelines her career, landing her in a support home for women with life-threatening eating disorders.

Lost Children Archive / Valeria Luiselli

Traces a profoundly human family summer road trip across America that is shaped by historical and modern displacement tragedies as well as a growing rift between the two parents.

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss: a novel / Rajeev Balasubramanyam

An internationally renowned curmudgeon economist and divorced father of three survives an accident before whimsically trading in his high-stress Nobel Prize ambitions to pursue elusive happiness.

Annelies / David R. Gillham

An empowering reimagining of Anne Frank as a Holocaust survivor traces her endurance of terrible losses, her struggles to forgive and her development into a highly skilled writer.

The Heavens: a novel / Sandra Newman

The Heavens is a mesmerizing novel of love and dreams that moves between a reimagined New York City and Elizabethan England and asks how our world comes to be.

Home Away from Home: Hotels, Motels, and Inns


picwpThe Hotel Riviera / Elizabeth Adler

American Lola Laforet seems to have it all, a whirlwind romance that turned into “to have and to hold,” a charmed life on the Cote d’Azur, and ownership of the magnificent Hotel Riviera. Tragically the dream ends as abruptly as it begins when her beloved husband mysteriously disappears. Heartsick, confused, and lonely, her life is thrown into further turmoil when a handsome stranger, Jack Ferrar, an American ex-patriot living on his boat, drops anchor in Lola’s harbor and teaches her the meaning of instant attraction.
Grand Hotel / Vicki Baum

Among the guests of the grand hotel in the center of 1920s Berlin is Dr. Otternschlag, a World War I veteran whose face has been sliced in half by a shell. Day after day he emerges to read the paper in the lobby, discreetly inquiring at the desk if the letter he’s been awaiting for years has arrived. Then there is Grusinskaya, a great ballerina now fighting a losing battle not so much against age as against her fear of it, and Gaigern, a sleek professional thief, who may or may not be made for each other. Herr Preysing also checks in, the director of a family firm that isn’t as flourishing as it appears, who would never imagine that Kringelein, his underling, a timorous petty clerk he’s bullied for years, has also come to Berlin, determined to live at last now that he’s received a medical death sentence. All these characters and more, with their secret fears and hopes, come together and come alive in the pages of Baum’s delicious and disturbing masterpiece.

Here Comes the Sun: a novel / Nicole Dennis-Benn

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman–fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves–must confront long-hidden scars.

Hotel Du Lac / Anita Brookner

Into the rarified atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and her friends. She has refused to sacrifice her ideals and remains stubbornly single. But among the pampered women and minor nobility Edith finds Mr. Neville, and her chance to escape from a life of humiliating spinsterhood is renewed.

The Night Manager / John le Carre

A spy known as Thomas, working for British intelligence, attempts to infiltrate the entourage of Roper, an Englishman fitting together the pieces for monumental arms-for-cocaine deal.

The Mistletoe Inn: a novel / Richard Paul Evans

Signing up for a writer’s retreat in order to avoid another lonely holiday, Kimberly Rossetti befriends aspiring author Zeke, who offers her advice on making her writing more inspired while gradually revealing secrets about his past.

A Room with a View / by E.M. Forster

Lucy Honeychurch falls in love while on a visit to Florence and must choose between fulfilling her social role and following her heart.

Evergreen Falls / Kimberly Freeman

1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor. When a snowstorm moves in, the hotel is cut off and they are all trapped. No one could have predicted what would unfold. When the storm clears they must all keep the devastating secrets hidden. 2014: After years of putting her sick brother’s needs before her own, Lauren Beck leaves her home and takes a job at a Blue Mountains cafe, the first stage of the Evergreen Spa Hotel’s renovations. There she meets Tomas, the Danish architect who is overseeing the project, and an attraction begins to grow. In a wing of the old hotel, Lauren finds a series of passionate love letters dated back to 1926, alluding to an affair – and a shocking secret. If she can unravel this long-ago mystery, will it make Lauren brave enough to take a risk and change everything in her own life?

Winter Stroll: a novel / Elin Hilderbrand
While preparing for Christmas at the Winter Street Inn, Kelley Quinn and his family find the holiday season thrown into chaos when three of their exes show up.

Lola’s Secret: a novel / Monica McInerney

Nestled in a picturesque corner of southern Australia, the Valley View Motel has been run by the Quinlans for years– and nobody adores the place more than Lola, the family’s lovable and mischievous Irish-born matriarch. So when she insists that her relatives spend their Christmas elsewhere, the close-knit bunch can’t help but be a bit curious. Plotting in secret and online, Lola thinks it would be fun to invite a select group of strangers to stay at the motel for Christmas, but her own family dramas threaten to upend her best-laid plans.

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill / Julie Klassen

When her husband dies suddenly, Jane Bell becomes the reluctant landlady of The Bell, an inn in the village of Ivy Hill. Jane has no idea how to manage a business, but with the town’s livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must quickly find a way to save the inn. Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her mother-in-law, Thora, for help.

The Inn at Rose Harbor: a novel / Debbie Macomber

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast–the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn–ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua’s high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it’s least expected.

A Wedding in Maine: a McCullagh Inn story / Jen McLaughlin
Jeremy Holland is exactly what Chelsea O’Kane wants in a man. She is excited to host their wedding at the McCullagh Inn but secrets from her past may hold up the process.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living / Louise Miller

When Olivia Rawlings, Boston pastry chef extraordinaire, sets not only her flambé dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to Vermont to stay with her best friend, Hannah, who lives in a town famous for Bag Balm and contra dancing. Since her previous post at the exclusive Boston club has probably also gone up in smoke, Olivia gratefully accepts a job at the Sugar Maple Inn, not realizing at first that she’s been hired to help the cantankerous owner reclaim the inn’s blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.

Hotels of North America: a novel / Rick Moody

A darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online reviews. Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe – they tell his life story.

The Beauty / Gloria Nagy

When John Duckworth and his sister, Faith, leave New York to build a new life on Cape Cod, the cynical former crime reporter and his family fall prey to Jasmine Jones, a villainous temptress who destroys their lives.

The Rocks / Peter Nichols

Against the Mediterranean landscapes of Mallorca’s sea views and lush olive groves, “The Rocks” opens with a dramatic argument. It is 2005, and Lulu and Gerald, octogenarians who haven’t spoken for more than fifty years despite having been married and still living within a few miles of each other, finally confront the secret of their past. Whatever catastrophic event drove them apart so suddenly and absolutely as honeymooners back in 1948 has cast a long shadow over their lives.

Hotel Crystal / Olivier Rolin

Bringing together a series of brief reflections and musings on bits of hotel stationery and postcards, an editor assembles a mysterious manuscript that describes the protagonist’s encounters with a series of hotel rooms in cities around the globe, as well as his involvement with international networks comprised of unsavory thugs and female spies in distress.

Hotel Vendôme / Danielle Steel

The hotel was old, run-down. But to Swiss-born Hugues Martin, a young, ambitious hotelier trained in the most illustrious European traditions, it is a rough diamond, tucked away on a quiet, perfectly situated Manhattan street. After begging and borrowing every penny he can scrape together, Hugues purchases the building—and transforms it into one of the world’s finest luxury hotels. Under Hugues’s tireless, exacting supervision, the Hotel Vendôme is soon renowned for its elegance, its efficiency, its unparalleled service and discretion—the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous, as well as a perfect home for Hugues’s beautiful young wife and their daughter. But when his wife runs off with a notorious rock star, Hugues is suddenly a single parent to four-year-old Heloise—who will grow up happily regardless, amid a fascinating milieu of celebrities, socialites, politicians, world travelers, and the countless hotel employees who all adore her.

A Gentleman in Moscow: a novel / Amor Towles
Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he endures life in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

Two Good Dogs / Susan Wilson

When Cody, a troubled fourteen-year-old, witnesses a murder, she tells no one. But it begins a spiral for her from which she cannot escape. Her worried mother Skye thinks a change of scene is just what her introverted, withdrawn daughter needs and since her dream has always been to own an inn, she jumps at the chance to buy a dilapidated bed & breakfast in the Berkshires.

Beautiful Ruins: a novel / Jess Walter

Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.

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