Patricia’s Winter 2013 Picks

In honour of our new year, Lucky ’13, all reviews are 13 words or less.


The Aviator's WifeThe Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin*

A fictional portrait of Charles Lindbergh’s marriage; for fans of Loving Frank.



Painted GirlsPainted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

A tale of two sisters – one the model for Degas’ Little Dancer.




The Last RunawayThe Last Runaway, by Tracey Chevalier*

In 1850s Ohio, Honor Bright becomes drawn to the abolitionist movement.



Raised from the GroundRaised from the Ground, by Jose Saramago*

A multigenerational family saga by an all-time great.




Hikikomori and the Rental SisterHikikomori and the Rental Sister, by Jeff Backhaus*

A shut-in’s desperate wife hires a Japanese woman to heal her husband.



Rage is BackRage is Back, by Adam Mansbach*

A tale of graffiti artists in NYC by a popular picture book author.




Encyclopedia of a Life in RussiaEncyclopedia of a Life in Russia, by Jose Manuel Prieto*

Two social misfits meet in St. Petersburg.





Dogstar RisingDogstar Rising: A Makana Mystery, by Parker Bilal*

A Sudanese detective in crime-ridden modern Cairo.




The DinnerThe Dinner, by Herman Koch*

Two couples meet to discuss the problems of their teenagers in this thriller.



Daddy LoveDaddy Love, by Joyce Carol Oates*

In this psychological thriller, five-year old Robbie is kidnapped by Daddy Love.



What’s on your Winter reading list this year?


(* = NetGalley provided Heidi and/or Patricia with advanced readers copies of these books:  The Aviator’s Wife, The Last Runaway, Raised from the Ground, Hikikomori and the Rental Sister, Dogstar Rising, The Dinner, Daddy Love, The Man in the Empty Suit, A Thousand Pardons, The Flamethrowers, An Encyclopedia of Life in Russia, Rage is Back).

One comment

  1. Release Dates would have been a considerate inclusion. Apologies and rectification:
    December 4: Raised from the Ground
    December 14: Painted Girls
    December 19: Hikikomori and the Rental Sister
    January 8: The Last Runaway, Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia, Daddy Love
    January 15: The Aviator’s Wife, Rage is Back
    February 12: The Dinner
    February 19: Dogstar Rising (should give you enough time to read Book One of the series: The Golden Scales

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