Daley has 5 more books to read.


Our summer reading series continues, BookLovers. Whether you’re heading to Horseneck, Round Hill, or your own backyard, I’ve got—you guessed it—five pounds to add to your beach bag.

If you missed any past #FiveBooks columns this summer, just check out my Twitter or Facebook. And if you follow all the recommendations, your arms are now like Popeye’s and your 2022 book lists are like Santa’s shopping list.

Let’s rock and roll.

1. “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy”, by Jamie Ford

From the bestselling author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” comes this New York Times bestseller. It is a subject of reflection on generational trauma, family and what is transmitted.

SouthCoast book clubs, take note. There is a lot to discuss here.

“The idea of ​​epigenetic inheritance has long been embraced in many communities,” Ford writes in the author’s note. “Native Americans have been talking about living with generational trauma for as long as I can remember and a highly controversial study of Holocaust survivors appears to show a higher percentage of PTSD, depression and anxiety in their children and grandchildren. children.”

The story: Seattle, 2045. Dorothy Moy is worried. Her daughter Annabelle exhibits the same dissociative and disturbing behavior that has plagued Dorothy all her life. Fearing that Annabelle is predestined for mental health issues, Dorothy seeks an experimental treatment designed to alleviate hereditary trauma – and connects with her ancestors. Among them, Faye Moy, a nurse in China in 1942; Greta Moy, a technical manager; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America. Dorothy realizes that a stranger is looking for her every period. A stranger who loved her through all of her genetic memories…

Book Club Reflection Bonus.

2. “The Shadow Lily” by Johanna Mo.

Mo fans, rejoice! As you already know, BookLovers, I love a good thriller. The Swedish author’s international bestseller, “The Night Singer”, was the first book in his Island Murders series. For Ann Cleeves fans, this is your next Dark Isle mystery series. (And if you haven’t read Cleeves yet, good God, start his Shetland series now.)

In the first episode of Mo, we are introduced to detective Hannah Duncker who returns to her native Öland, an island off the coast of Sweden. She ran away after her father’s murder conviction and returns to make peace and take care of new business. In the second volume, she is in search of a murderer and a missing child. #Page turners. #WaitingOnBook3

3. “The Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe”, by David Maraniss

Non-fiction fans, I have you too. This biography of one of our greatest athletes of all time is fascinating and meticulously researched. David Maraniss – deputy editor of the Washington Post, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time Pulitzer finalist – is a master of biography. His subject here is an almost mythical legend.

If Jim Thorpe had lived today, he might have starred in Nike commercials. Instead, he fought constant battles. Thorpe (1887-1953) was, as we read here, probably the greatest American athlete of all time. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, between two outstanding college football seasons. At Carlisle Indian Industrial School, he was a two-time All-American under Coach Pop Warner. Was in the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played major league baseball for the New York Giants.

But as a member of the Sac and Fox Nation living in the late 1800s and early 1900s, he faced racism, and his later life plagued by alcohol, heartbreak, often exploited, cheated in money troubles, Maraniss tells us. Was stripped of his Olympic medals because he had previously played professional baseball.

“Thorpe was the quintessential underdog who came out of nowhere to become the greatest athlete in the world…who raced like a wild horse down a thundering descent, but was also a graceful ballroom dancer and a gifted swimmer and skater,” writes Maraniss in the preface. Although it sounds like an athletic myth, writes Maraniss, “there was another myth at the center of Thorpe’s story…the myth that the Great White Father knows best.”

4. “The It Girl”, by Ruth Ware

I know from the Century Club listings that Ruth Ware is a SouthCoast favorite. If you haven’t read her July release, “The It Girl,” read it now. It’s one of his best. Centering a murdered college “It Girl”, her group of friends – and what each may be hiding years later. Classic items.

5. “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” by Daniel Silva.

I also know from your listings that SouthCoast has a lot of Silva fans. His latest New York Times bestseller, the 22nd in his Gabriel Allon series, will appeal to fans of BA Shapiro’s “The Art Forger.” Here, Allon, a spy and art restorer, is settled in Venice when a London art dealer asks him to investigate the rediscovery and lucrative sale of a centuries-old painting: an unidentified woman attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck. As the synopsis tells us: Allon realizes that this is almost certainly a clever fake and must become the mirror image of the man he seeks: the greatest forger of art the world has ever known…

That should keep you busy until next week, BookLovers.

Lauren Daley is a freelance writer. She tweets @laurendaley1. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/daley.writer.


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