Molly Pieper is the Marketing Assistant for Plume. She lives in Connecticut but doesn’t mind the commute – it gives her plenty of time to delve into a good book!
Other People We Married by Emma Straub
I really enjoyed Straub’s collection of short stories because of her familiar and fallible characters.
Themes of love, or rather romance in some form, is a commonality throughout these twelve stories but Straub strikes a great balance.
These stories are neither cheesy nor predictable but are relatable nonetheless. My personal favorite is “Some People Must Really Fall in Love.”
About a Boy by Nick Hornby
An oldie but a goodie. This is one of those books I’ve read over and over again and never tire of. It’s a great feel-good read.
Will Freeman, the classic bachelor type, has his world turned upside down when he meets twelve year old Markus as the result of his latest dating scheme.
As their friendship evolves, Hornby’s simultaneously funny and poignant novel reveals to the reader that when it comes to people, there is always more than meets the eye.
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
I think by now most people are aware of Tropper’s novel because of the 2014 movie adaptation—but this really is a book worth reading on its own merits.
It’s more than your typical family drama. Tropper hits that sweet spot between laugh out loud funny and emotionally gripping in this portrait of a dysfunctional American family.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This was an emotional read. Ng’s portrait of a fractured family is painful, yet so beautifully written. Her third person narration and seamless movement throughout time make for an intelligently written and dynamic read. This novel is more than the tale of a young girls death and the aftermath and ensues, it’s about sacrifices and what can become of all of us after making one.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
First off, I must say this book really does deserve all of the hullabaloo. It’s a smart, enthralling thriller that was hard to step away from. Hawkins protagonist Rachel is unreliable in the best kind of way; you both doubt her credibility and want to believe her. The way in which the narrative moves back and forth between different characters perspective is another element of this great book that keeps the reader devouring pages. I found myself trying to predict the ending of Girl on the Train, and was pleasantly surprised when I was completely wrong.
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