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Bookstr’s Three to Read for This Week 8/27

Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully, this list will help you choose!

 

This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter, our Beach Read is Live Long And...: What I Learned Along the Way by William Shatner, and our Dark Horse, one you might not have added to your reading list but should, is The Pirahnas: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano.

 

Our Hot Pick: 

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

 

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Image Via Fort Knox MWR – Army MWR

 

Synopsis: 

 

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

 

Why? 

 

Karin Slaughter is a master thriller writer and author of eighteen novels. She is famous for her killer plots and strong themes, but if you need to be convinced, watch this truly hilarious Facebook Live interview she did with us last week. We’re still not the better of it!

 

 

 

Our Beach Read: 

Live Long And...: What I Learned Along the Way by William Shatner

 

Image Via Downpour.com

Image Via Downpour.com

Synopsis: 

Star Trek legend and veteran author William Shatner discusses the meaning of life, finding value in work, and living well whatever your age.

“I have always felt,” William Shatner says early in his newest memoir, that “like the great comedian George Burns, who lived to 100, I couldn’t die as long as I was booked.” And Shatner is always booked.

Still, a brief health scare in 2016 forced him to take stock. After mulling over the lessons he’s learned, the places he’s been, and all the miracles and strange occurrences he’s witnessed over the course of an enduring career in Hollywood and on the stage, he arrived at one simple rule for living a long and good life: don’t die.

It’s the only one-size-fits-all advice, Shatner argues in Live Long and..:What I Learned Along the Way, because everyone has a unique life―but, to help us all out, he’s more than willing to share stories from his unique life. With a combination of pithy humor and thoughtful vulnerability, Shatner lays out his journey from childhood to peak stardom and all the bumps in the road. (Sometimes the literal road, as in the case of his 2,400-mile motorcycle trip across the country with a bike that didn’t function.)

William Shatner is one of our most beloved entertainers, and he intends never to stop entertaining. His funny, provocative, and poignant reflections offer an unforgettable read about a remarkable man.

 

Why?

 

My dad had a cool Star Trek t-shirt that he wore until our cat shredded it beyond wearability. Who’s face was emblazoned on the front before falling victim to feline claws? William Shatner. William Shatner played the iconic Captain Kirk in Star Trek and has remained a beloved media personality ever since. Apart from being a famed actor, he’s also a bestselling author already, and notably penned a memoir about his friendship with Leonard Nimoy, Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, in 2016.  This time, he not only reflects on his time with Nimoy, but on his other relationships, with both people and animals (he is a huge fan of dogs and horses) and his passion for living. It’s always enjoyable to read a memoir by someone who can not only write well, who has not only led an interesting life, but who has enjoyed it, and continues to enjoy it immensely. The perfect lighthearted read for a day at the beach! 

 

Our Dark Horse

The Pirahnas: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano

 

Image Via Amazon

Image Via Amazon

 

Synopsis: 

 

‘With the open-hearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples.’ Elena Ferrante

In Naples, a new kind of gang rules the streets: the ‘Paranze’, the ‘Children’s Gangs’, groups of teenage boys who divide their time between Facebook or playing Call of Duty on their PlayStations and patrolling the streets armed with pistols and AK-47s, terrorizing local residents in order to mark out the territories of their Mafia bosses.

Roberto Saviano’s eye-opening novel The Piranhas tells the story of the rise of one such gang and its leader, Nicolas – known to his friends and enemies as the ‘Maharajah’. But Nicolas’s ambitions reach far beyond doing other men’s bidding: he wants to be the one giving orders, calling the shots, and ruling the city. But the violence he is accustomed to wielding and witnessing soon spirals out of his control . . .

 

Why? 

 

Saviano first gained attention for his exposé of the Campagnian mafia, Gomorrah and is back with new novel, as gritty and gripping as the last. We loved how the book draws you into an unfamiliar world and brings you right up close and personal with its characters. We highly recommend checking it out!