More recommended reads from Flare.com

More recommended reads from Flare.com


More recommended reads from Flare.com


That Extra Half Inch: Hair, heels and everything in between

By Victoria Beckham
Penguin,
311 pages

Love her or hate her, Victoria Beckham is here to stay. And whether she’s in the stands cheering for her football-star husband David, or strutting down the red carpet, the woman takes fashion seriously.

In this first book, Victoria shares her secrets on dressing for special occasions, everyday wear, accessorizing, holiday tips and making the most of your wardrobe. Whether you’re getting ready for work, a night out on the town or even doing the school run, this is Victoria’s personal guide to feeling confident and looking great every time you step out of the front door.
 


The Before I Wake

By Robert J Wiersema
Random House Canada,
384 pages

On a beautiful spring day, three-year-old Sherry Barrett is injured in a hit-and-run accident. Her devastated parents, Simon and Karen, wait by her bedside, hoping for a miracle . . . one that doesn’t come. Told that she will never recover, they agree to remove her from life support. And then the miracle occurs. Sherry doesn’t die. But neither does she wake.

Weaving together disparate voices, Robert J. Wiersema’s brilliant debut novel sheds light on the inner lives of characters struggling against tragedy, finding each other, and themselves, in the darkness. In exploring how hope can be renewed in the face of unimaginable sorrow, Before I Wake reveals the power of forgiveness, and the true nature, and cost, of miracles.

 


The History of Love

By Nicole Krauss
W.W. Norton,
272 pages

A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness. Leo Gursky is just about surviving, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But life wasn’t always like this: sixty years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. And though Leo doesn’t know it, that book survived, inspiring fabulous circumstances, even love. Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that very book. And although she has her hands full – keeping track of her brother, Bird (who thinks he might be the Messiah), and taking copious notes on How to Survive in the Wild – she undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With consummate, spellbinding skill, Nicole Krauss gradually draws together their stories. It is truly a history of love: a tale brimming with laughter, irony, passion, and soaring imaginative power.

 


“Excuse Me, But I Was Next”

By Peggy Post
HarperCollins,
304 pages

Just in time for the holidays, Peggy (great-grand-daughter in-law of Emily) Post has the answers to all your questions about modern etiquette. From obnoxious cell-phone yakkers, to line-cutters, Post has sage advise to help you handle any situation with grace and style.

You’ll learn how to politely say “no” to difficult requests, how to introduce someone if you’ve forgotten their name, damage control for email bloopers, what to do if people don’t reply to your RSVP, the importance of thank-you notes, and much more.

 


26A

By Diana Evans
HarperPerennial,
427 Bond Street Books, 240 pages

Identical twins Georgia and Bessi live in the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue in Neasden, London. It is their place, one of strawberry-scented beanbag chair, a view of the apple trees, and very important decisions, and all visitors must knock on the door marked 26a before entering.

But as Georgia and Bessi grow up, discovering the temptations and dangers of London in the 1980s and 90s, the realities of separateness and of solitude crowd in. Each must decide on her own path to adulthood and pursue it — and discover if she can face the future as only one.

 


Lullabies for Little Criminals

By Heather O’Neill
HarperPerennial,
427 pages, $32.95

Lullabies For Little Criminals is the heartbreaking and wholly original debut novel by Montreal author Heather O’Neill, about a young girl fighting to preserve her bruised innocence on the feral streets of the big city.

 


The Dissident

Nell Freudenberger
Harper Collins, Canada,
427 pages, $32.95

A novel about secrets, love, and the shining chaos of everyday American life, The Dissident is a remarkable and surprising group portrait, executed with a light, sure hand. Nell Freudenberger, the PEN/Malamud Award-winning author of Lucky Girls, makes her full-length debut with an intricately-woven novel about the enigmatic stranger who disrupts the life of one American family.

 


Pretty Little Dirty

Amanda Boyden
Random House, March 2006
Paperback, 432 pages, $21.00

This is no ordinary coming-of-age tale. It’s as dark as it gets, although it doesn’t start out that way. What begins as the story of two young women living a charmed adolescence, one of mastering dance moves and the protocols of male-female interaction, soon swirls into an intoxicating novel of art, music, and self-destructive impulses as Lisa and Celeste dare each other ever onward.
 


Marie Antoinette: the journey

By Antonia Fraser
Random House, Canada
November 2002, 512 pages $25.00

Read the book that inspired Sophia Copolla’s controversial new film, Marie Antoinette, starring Kirsten Dunst. France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history.
 


Dancing with the Two-headed Tigress

By Tina Biswas
Harper Collins, Canada 
368 pages; $29.95

When Prakash and Mousumi are brought together unexpectedly, Mousumi suddenly finds herself living the life of which she dreamed—sort of. Sent to London to live with her little-known relatives, her uncle Prakash becomes Mousumi’s unlikely ally against the intimidating new world she faces, where the people, the customs and the culture she grew up with are all turned upside down.

Sly witty and emotionally resonant, Dancing with the Two-headed Tigress is a story of people linked by blood and circumstance, but divided by class and culture. First-time novelist Tina Biswas has created a fast-paced, darkly humorous and probing look at fish out of water and at people who sometimes simply can’t get along.

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