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 novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is Still Lives by Maria Hummel, our Coffee Shop Read, perfect for a cozy day in a café, is Tiffany Blues by MJ Rose, and our Dark Horse, one that you may not have heard of but should definitely pick up, is How to Think Like a Cat by Stéphane Garnier.
Our Hot Pick
Still Lives by Maria Hummel
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Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women―the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others―and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.
As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.
Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.
Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.
Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets
Still Lives will keep you hooked as Maria Hummel puts you on the edge of your seat, suspicious of every character. Hummel creates a brilliant atmosphere of suspense while allowing for beautifully cryptic plot twists at every turn that seem to illuminate aspects of the mysterious disappearance of Kim Lord. The book has been chosen for numerous book clubs across the country ranging from celebrity book lists like that of Reese Witherspoon‘s Book Club Pick, to Amazon’s Book of the Month choice. Still Lives is a thrilling mystery that you really cannot wait to unravel!
Our Coffee Shop Read
Tiffany Blues by MJ Rose
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel—a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame. “[M.J. Rose] transports the reader into the past better than a time machine could accomplish” (The Associated Press).
New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.
But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.
As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.
Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.
This book is just the perfect coffee shop read for anyone, especially for all of those starving artists out there looking for inspiration. MJ Rose has truly enchanting dialogue that makes all of her characters not only believable and exciting, but also inspires the reader to also reach for their sketch pad and give it a shot. Jenny’s struggle to come to terms with her past is so relatable that it may even make you think about your own dark secrets or unspoken tragedies. Tiffany Blues is just as mysterious as it is inspiring and well-written.
Check out our Facebook Live interview with the enchanting MJ Rose, in which she reveals her wonderful and pretty unusual writing rituals, including the music she listened to while writing this book!
Our Dark Horse
How to Think Like a Cat by Stéphane Garnier.
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Calm, free, charismatic, wise, elegant, self-assured—our beloved feline pets strut those traits that we humans spend a lifetime aspiring to. No wonder everybody wants to be more like a cat.
After observing his own cat, Ziggy, for years, bestselling French author Stéphane Garnier decided that he would be much happier if he could just live more like Ziggy. Closer study only confirmed his suspicion that cats have that je ne sais quoi, and he set out to share Ziggy’s innate wisdom with the world.
Whether at work, at home, or in your social life, your cat can teach you how to manage stress, cultivate independence, and live life on your terms. Peppered with humorous yet inspiring tips for living a day in the life of a cat, cat secrets from Ziggy, and a quiz to assess your “cat quotient,” How to Think Like a Cat is an inspiring, humorous, and remarkably insightful guide to the subtle art of living like a feline.
Cats are awesome. It’s just a known fact. Between all of the animals on this planet, cats and dogs are the most beloved. And now, after you read this book, you will formally understand the fundamental concepts of the calmness and care-free attitudes of our favorite feline friends. Stéphane Garnier’s book will make you really appreciate your furry or hairless companion, and in turn grant you the possibilities of achieving such a relaxing lifestyle. How to Think Like a Cat will turn any cat-hater into an admirer. This Dark Horse is indeed unique, and not only fun but also somewhat of a self help book for those of us constantly stricken with anxiety from our almost countless responsibilities.