Satellite Sisters Best Beach Bag Books 2020

 

Satellite Sisters Best Beach Bag Books 2020

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You Are Not Alone

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkinan

Catherine House

Elisabeth Thomas

Well-Behaved Indian Women

Saumya Dave

The Spinster Diaries

Gina Fattore

 

The Summer Deal

Jill Shalvis

 

Raphael, Painter in Rome

Stephanie Storey

 

The Chef’s Secret

Crystal King

 

Fast Girls

Elise Hopper

 

We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry

 

Uncanny Valley 

Anna Weiner

 

Yeah No Not Happening

Karen Karbo

  

Jeeves and the King of Clubs

Ben Schott

 

Lady in Waiting

My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Anne Glenconner

 

 

Featured Book!

You Are Not Alone

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkinan

 

This page turner starts with an accident in a subway station that I have been terrified of my whole life and kept me guessing until the end. Who is the good girl? Who is the bad? Who knows! From the authors of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl.

We loved talking to Greer & Sarah about writing together, laughing together and being true Satellite Sisters to each other. We spoke to them in early March, as they were hitting the road for their book tour. There’s a lightness in their voices (and ours) Listen to the podcast here. A few days later, they were back home, thanks to stay-at-home orders. But Greer and Sarah are already at work on their next book while trying to pull off at-home learning with their kids! Now, that’s a thriller.

 

Julie’s Picks

A Very British Summer

 

Lady in Waiting My Extraordinary Life in the shadow of the Crown

Anne Glenconner

Memoir

Anne Glenconner was Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and Lady in Waiting to Princess.  This memoir is like reading another season of The Crown.  It is filled with royal details, personal tragedy and resiliency.  

Jeeves and the King of Clubs

Ben Schott A novel in homage to P.G. Wodehouse

A delightful story of the personal misadventures of Bertie Wooster written in the style of P.G. Wodehouse.

 

Lian’s Picks

 

Let’s Go, Gothic

 

 

The Ancestor

Danielle Trussoni

 

From the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Angelology series comes a gothic novel of suspense that plunges readers into a world of dark family secrets, the mysteries of human genetics, and the burden of family inheritance. Set in Northern Italy with evocative writing. Reminds me of The Secret Garden. But for grown-ups.

 

Catherine House

Elisabeth Thomas

 

A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige. Is your college aged child home for what appears to be the rest of the century? How about a quarantine book club for the both of you? A debut novel set at a secretive college with cult-like tendencies and a mystery science project. Plus, all kinds of college behavior. I liked this one– a creepy, character study.

 

Life Stories & Love Stories

 

 

 

Well-Behaved Indian Women

Saumya Dave

 

A debut novel from a new voice in women’s fiction comes a mother-daughter story about three generations of women who struggle to define themselves as they pursue their dreams. This is a multi-generational story that you can wrap yourself in. Very satisfying reading about love, marriage, career and all of life’s choices.

 

The Spinster Diaries

Gina Fattore

 

Gina Fattore has written for some of your favorite TV shows like Gilmore Girls and Parenthood and is currently the Executive Producer of Dare Me. The Spinster Diaries is her first novel and it features a main character who is, not surprisingly, a middle-aged TV writer with issues. But the familiar stops there, as Fattore mines deeper territory with health issues, love and a special connection to a little-known writer from Jane Austen’s time. A special debut.

 

The Summer Deal

Jill Shalvis

 

No one can turn out a splashy beach read like Jill Shalvis. I met Jill at a book event recently and was surprised how down to earth this New York Times Bestselling writer was. The Summer Deal is a friends-to-frenemies-to-lovers story. Add in a few secrets. Shake. Stir. Then read on a lazy summer day at the beach. Perfect. Pick up a few Jill Shalvis books for a week-long vacation!

 

 

 

 

I’d Rather Be in Rome

 

Ever since my trip to Rome two years ago, I’ve been on a Roman Holiday of sorts with my reading and podcast listening habits. I heard these two authors chatting on a podcast and immediately ordered their books– because I want to go back, if only from my beach chair. If your trip to Italy or your semester abroad was cancelled, try these two lush books–

 

Raphael, Painter in Rome

Stephanie Storey

 

Another Fabulous Art History Thriller by the Bestselling Author of Oil and Marble, Featuring the Master of Renaissance Perfection: Raphael! Storey tells of the Sistine’s Chapel’s creation as never before: through the eyes of Michelangelo’s fiercest rival–the young, beautiful, brilliant painter of perfection, Raphael. With its gorgeous writing, rich settings, endearing characters, and riveting plot, Raphael, Painter in Rome brings to vivid life these two Renaissance masters going head to head in the deadly halls of the Vatican.

 

 

 

The Chef’s Secret

Crystal King

 

A captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets–including the identity of the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died.

 

 

 

 

 

No Olympics, No Problem

 

Fast Girls

Elise Hopper

 

I got a sneak peek at this book and it stole my heart. Elise Hooper explores the gripping, real life history of female athletes, members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and their journeys to the 1936 summer games in Berlin, Nazi Germany. This is a rich, nuanced portrait of female athletes facing the same issues female athletes today face: sexism; racism; unequal pay; sexist coverage. Perfect for readers who love untold stories of amazing women, such as The Only Woman in the Room, Hidden Figures, and The Lost Girls of Paris.

 

We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry

 

Field hockey is an Olympic sport, right? No one would ever confuse the Danvers High Girls Field Hockey Team of 1989 of being world class players, but they are world class witches. Whaaaat? This out-of-the box coming of age novel delighted me with its clever storyline and it’s on point historic references. I listened to the audiobook which was truly LOL with some well-placed Boston accent

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz’s Picks

 

 

Uncanny Valley 

Anna Weiner

 

 

Very smart satire of Silicon Valley work culture.  I keep swearing I’m not going to read any more books, listen to any more podcasts or watch any more tv shows about Silicon Valley because they all get too much attention anyway. Then you get wind of one more really good send up and you just have to read it. Memoir. She moved from NY publishing to SF tech. Very fun lively writing but also self-aware that she’s getting sucked in with enough social criticism about how tech is shaping all of us that you get slightly afraid. Compared to Michael Lewis Liar’s Poker

 

 

Yeah No Not Happening

Karen Karbo

 

The author of the bestselling In Praise of Difficult Women delivers a hilarious feminist manifesto that encourages us to reject “self-improvement” and instead learn to appreciate and flaunt our complex, and flawed, human selves. Make this the summer you finally give up on self-improvement and just say, “Yeah. No. Not happening.”

 

 

 

 

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