Books I can't wait to read!

Most of you know I loved Her Fearful Symmetry and The Time Traveler's Wife.  I'm currently reading Every Day (about a boy who wakes up every day in a different body), so the first two books mentioned below appear to be perfect choices for me.

I believe in 'ghosts,' not the idea of them but believe they exist.  I have a friend who owns an old schoolhouse turned into a cafe in a small town in Minnesota, with a ghost.  She pushes pots off the counter and slams doors.  It's a really good story, one for another day... 

Michel Faber... I love his writing and devoured Crimson Petal on holiday.  I can't wait to get lost in the language and depth in which he writes.

I hope you have a few books you are anxiously waiting to read this fall, the excitement of buying a book the day it publishes, opening the spine and getting to know the characters... it's divine.

What are you reading this fall?

Rooms (publishes Sep 23): Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. 


The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.


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The Cure for Dreaming (publishes Oct 14): Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud.

These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women.

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The Book of Strange New Things (publishes Oct 28): 
Peter, devoted pastor, dedicated missionary, and loving husband to his wife, has just accepted a demanding and perilous new job. He's to travel to a new planet, Oasis, to work for a mysterious corporation called USIC. 

He's tasked with reaching out to the indigenous race, to make sure they are as peaceful as they seem. Resolutely devout and strengthened by his letters from Bea at home, Peter undertakes his job with complete focus. 

Peter is suddenly faced with an impossible-and dangerous-decision: to follow his faith, or follow his heart. His life depends on it.

Travel: visiting Hamburg

Hello friends,  Last month I flew to Hamburg for a long weekend, to explore the city and  celebrate a friend's birthday.

We arrived early morning Thursday, taking a red-eye from NYC to Germany. 

Hamburg is a bicycle city, women in dresses, men in suits... they bike to work.  It's such an odd sight, at 7:30am, to see 50+ bicycles at a stoplight when you look out the taxi window.

After dropping off our luggage and enjoying a European breakfast, we climbed to the top of the church tower behind our hotel, a lovely 360 view.

I remember seeing Lake Alster from the tower, it looked like it was ten miles away but was less than a mile walk from our hotel.

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