Worth Reading

Fall Books Worth Reading Part 1

Driven: A Daughter’s Odyssey by Julie Heldman

In the mid-20th century, the Heldmans were tennis royalty. Julie was a volatile and gutsy tennis star, twice ranked number 5 in the world. Her mother Gladys was broadly admired for her unique magazine, World Tennis, and for engineering the women’s tennis revolution. No one guessed that Gladys’s hidden emotional abuse was the source of Julie’s powerful drive.

Driven is a highly readable insider’s account of a pivotal time in women’s tennis history; an in-depth look at Gladys’s complex character; and the revealing story of Julie’s interior journey, both on and off the court.

Schooled! Based on one lawyer’s true-life successes, failures, frustrations, and heartbreaks while teaching in the New York City public school system by Matthew Rockwood 

An aspiring teacher’s journey through the dark heart of the American public education system. A part of James Hartman fit perfectly into his career as an attorney at a law firm in New York City. He was good at what he did and enjoyed the perks of the professional career his privileged upbringing had reared him to strive for all his life. But another part of James believed his talents should be used for more than just personal gain – that he should be doing something with his life that would, in some small way,

Karda: Adalta Vol. I by Sherrill Nilson

Marta Rowan knows her job. Secretly sent  to the planet Adalta from the hidden orbiting trade space ship to assess its resources and trade potential, she knows she can’t get attached––she’s not staying. Then she meets her Karda, the wondrous flying creature she grows to love. And Altan, the arrogant aristocrat with strange elemental powers. It can’t be magic, can it? When Altan rescues her from a blood magician’s murder attempt, suddenly Marta can speak telepathically with her Karda, and she hears Altan in her head. Is she going crazy or–– It can’t be magic, can it? However hard she fights it, and however often she repeats her mantra, “Don’t get attached,” she does.

Fortitude Rising: Volume One of the Magical Bond Series (Volume 1) by A.M. Bochnak

Ebony has spent her entire life isolated on an island institution run by her father, Dr. Hunter. She’s unaware of the war brewing in the city between the magical and non-magical.

Her father is attempting to use her magical abilities to reverse the threat to magic, but when he forces her to push harder, her body weakens. Desperate to escape, Ebony is willing to trust complete strangers if they can help her find a way out.
But what if those strangers came to kill her?
Connor and his group of rebels disguise themselves as test subjects to infiltrate the institute and stop Dr. Hunter. Their goal – to kill Ebony and her friends. Connor’s mission to kill her is halted when he realizes Ebony is a pawn, albeit a powerful pawn,in her father’s game.

A post-apocalyptic / dystopian story about an alternate world of magic and betrayal.  Trust is questioned,loyalty is tested, and the fate of magic is on the line.

Hard Cider: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Abbie Rose Stone’s acquired wisdom runs deep, and so do her scars. She has successfully navigated the shoals of a long marriage, infertility, challenging children, and a career. Now it’s her turn to realize her dream: producing hard apple cider along the northern shores of Lake Michigan that she loves. She manages to resist new versions of the old pull of family dynamics that threaten to derail her plan―but nothing can protect her from the shock a lovely young stranger delivers when she exposes a long-held secret. In the wake of this revelation,

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway by Katherine West Scheil

What has been the appeal of Anne Hathaway, both globally and temporally, over the past four hundred years? Why does she continue to be reinterpreted and reshaped? Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife examines representations of Hathaway, from the earliest depictions and details in the eighteenth century, to contemporary portrayals in theatre, biographies and novels. Residing in the nexus between Shakespeare’s life and works, Hathaway has been constructed to explain the women in the plays but also composed from the material in the plays

 

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