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What’s Floating Around Cloud 9? 27 June 2016

summer reads

Welcome to another week and if you are off on your hols anytime in the next few weeks, you will recognise the importance of a good read whilst you are sunning yourself. So, we’re going a bit off topic this week and looking at some glorious summer stunners to keep you entertained – after all, even us busy event professionals deserve a little downtime now and again! So here is the Cloud 9 guide to nine essentials to devour starting with What She Left Behind by Ellan Marie Wiseman. On Amazon it reads,  Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care — and Clara is committed to the public asylum.”

 Anyone who is worried about bearing all in a bikini will appreciate Dietland by Sarai Walker, which according to Amazon is a part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy. It’s a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession — from the inside out, and with fists flying.

The Rocks by Peter Nichols also looks intriguing! From Amazon: “What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet-like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later?”

From Amazon Among Ten Thousand Things looks good and is written by Julia Pierpont: “Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.”

Yaa Gyasi’s debut is stunning. Homecoming is a sweeping, multigenerational story that begins with two separated half-sisters in Ghana who are unknown to each other. Each leads entirely different lives—one ends up as royalty, the other imprisoned as a slave. The novel traces their descendants through hundreds of years and across continents, chronicling their histories and hardships before ending up in 20th-century Harlem. It’s not an easy book—but it just may be one of the richest, most rewarding reads of 2016.

If you were as obsessed with The People vs. O.J. Simpson (and as won over by the character of Clark, who, of course, prosecuted the trial) then you’ll want to pick up the first in her new legal series, in which criminal defence attorney Samantha Brinkman ends up on a double-murder case in which the defendant is a veteran LAPD detective, and one of the victims is a popular TV star. Blood Defence by Marcia Clarke is a must!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne is out soon. The 8th installment of the Potter series, based on an original new story by Rowling, will also be a play. Oh yes, and it’s set 19 years after the last book, when Harry is a dad with three kids working at the Ministry of Magic. How could you resist?
If you have a taste for the Classics, then Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld might be for you. A compulsively readable retelling of Pride and Prejudice that makes Darcy a neurosurgeon, Bingley a TV star, and Lizzie a magazine writer in her late 30s. Pair with the original for a summer reading extravaganza. 
Most of us avoid self help books here at Cloud 9 but How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life, by Heather Havrilesky is pretty good. If you believe advice can’t be a summer read you’ve never encountered Havrilesky, who has the amazing ability to entertain while also helping you feel so much better about absolutely everything.
So happy reading, have a great holiday and even if you are not jetting off anywhere, a great week!