The masterful suspense writer shares what she's loved this year—including books that will make us feel gutsy and give us a reason to sit around the table together.
Beloved and bestselling Louise Penny continues to captivate readers with her Chief Inspector Gamache novels. Her latest, A Better Man, follows our fearless hero as the flood waters rise and he goes in search of a missing girl.... The result is a thrilling page-turner.
This year, we again caught up with Louise Penny to learn what's she loved the past twelve months. Read her picks below and why she chose them.
The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
If we ever needed guts, it’s now. No matter how you feel about the Clintons, and I happen to be a fan, this book is an inspiration. We all need role models and never more than today. Here are some powerful ones, for women and for men. For girls and for boys. For all of us.
Working by Robert A. Caro
My God I loved this book. It is vivid, honest, warm and thoughtful. Insightful for sure, in a way that is so appealing. Caro, one of the great biographers and journalists of our time, writes about writing. About researching. About facts and truth. A simply mesmerizing book.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
A devastating, searing exploration of a terrible crime in Belfast and the culture of silence that surrounded it. In exposing the disappearance and murder of a mother of ten, Keefe sheds light on the wider tragedy of The Troubles. But alongside the violence and dread, he also illuminates the profound desire for reconciliation, for compassion. This is a great book.
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan
Far more than a cookbook, this is a wonderful journey into the passions of the gifted, often hilarious, always charming Dorie Greenspan. I am not a cook, but my characters are, and they often gather around the table in my books. Many of the meals this year have come from Everyday Dorie. Just a wonderful book to read, to slobber over, and yes, to welcome friends and family around the table. Delicious in every way.
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