What local authors and booksellers are reading.
The cooler temps make curling up with a good book particularly tempting. So what titles have Westchester residents who write and market what others read recently enjoyed?
“Normally I read the same type of thing I write, contemporary romance, but now I’m into paranormal romance. I’m currently reading Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. She creates a world where there are different races, one of which is humans who have banished any form of feeling. The author has the strong ability to build characters and worlds.”
—Carly Phillips, romance writer of Purchase
“I recently finished reading Jennifer Egan’s gorgeous and inventive new novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad. The book spans a number of decades, from the ’70s music scene in San Francisco to a family’s heartbreaking attempts to connect in the near future. From the startling and suspenseful first chapter about a young woman who is a kleptomaniac to the end which so elegantly shows the effect that time has on them—and us—Egan’s new novel is funny, smart, and deeply affecting.”
—DeLauné Michel, founder of Spoken Interludes reading series
“I’m reading Through a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold about a dog service training program. I’m reading it because I’m currently very interested in the East Coast Assistance Dogs, which is a training program in Westchester.”
—Ben Cheever, author, of Pleasantville
“I just finished a very interesting thriller, Savages by Don Winslow—part too hip, part too violent, part too deconstructive—but mostly, just brilliant! And I plan to read The Rembrandt Affair because Daniel Silva consistently does things really well; Hitch 22, the autobiography of Christopher Hitchens, because Hitchens is one of those larger than life men of ideas and I wanted to see how his mind developed; and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, because most people say it’s just damn hard to put down.”
—Andrew Gross, author, of Purchase
“I’m reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins because it is the wrap-up to the astonishing Hunger Games Trilogy. This dystopian adventure with the most kick-butt yet vulnerable heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is being read by adults and teens. Just as forty is the new twenty, YA—or the Young Adult category—seems to be the new A.”
—Francine Lucidon, owner of The Voracious Reader in Larchmont