Book Club: What to read this summer

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Published November 2nd, Irving’s latest book explores how our pasts reverberate in our presents and in our futures. Set in the Philippines, we follow Juan Diego and watch as his past collides with his future.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

It’s New Year’s Eve 1976 and the city of New York is on edge. A blizzard is forming and as midnight approaches, the unmistakable sound rings out across Central Park. Gunshots. Two of them. This story follows the search for the shooter that brings together a rich cast of New Yorkers. Packed with history and revolution, love and art, crime and conspiracy. The words explode off the pages.

Few of the publishers who had the manuscript, said they could concentrate on little else until they had finished reading it. This resulted in a two-day bidding war between 10 publishers who bid more than $1 million for the publishing rights of Garth Rick Hallberg’s debut novel.

“The 900-page debut novel that took the publishing industry by storm.” – New York Times

According to YES by Dawn French

This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham’s kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher fro England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn’t read the rule book.

For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying yes?

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

In the opening passage of her new book Drew says “when I was writing and I shut my door, I would let the inspiration flo. For some reason I had to write this book. I have become more private every year, and yet these stories were beating on the door of my heart screaming, let me out!”

“We all have stories to tell. These are mine.”

Wildflower can be read little bits at a time or consumed all at once. Ranging from the heartfelt to the heartbreaking, touching on her relationships with her notorious family and some of her famous friends. The perfect book for all Drew Barrymore fans, from her child star days to the beautiful woman she has blossomed into.