New Releases

It's terrible when you latch onto a writer who writes the best books, the ones you don't want to end, and in no time you've read everything they've ever written and it's just a matter of waiting for their next book to come out. And it seems to be taking them FOREVER ... what's the hold up anyway? Can't they write any faster? And some do the unthinkable and die! The nerve. Of course, some, like V. C. Andrews, die and keep on writing and I think that's where James Patterson is heading.

The books I want to read don't seem to dribble onto the marketplace, they're released all at once. Here are recent launches on my must-read list:

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton, who is getting to the end of the alphabet with her Kinsey Milhone mysteries. "T" is for Trespass was a masterpiece.

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny, the author of the Armand Gamache mysteries set in the Eastern Townships and perhaps the best of them, judging by the reviews.

Sacred hearts by Sarah Dunant, author of The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan.

Traveling with pomegranates : a mother-daughter story by Sue Monk Kidd. This is non-fiction, written with her daughter, but Kidd is best known for The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair.

Incontinent on the Continent : my mother, her walker and our grand tour of Italy by Jane Christmas who gave us The Pelee Project.

Half Broke Horses : a true-life novel by Jeannette Walls who wrote The Glass Castle, the unbelievable story of her childhood.

After the falls : coming of age in the 60s by Catherine Gildiner, a memoir catching up where Too Close to the Falls finished off.

Lives in the Balance: Nurses' Stories From The ICU edited by Tilda Shalof, the Toronto nurse who wrote A Nurse's Story, The Making of a Nurse, and Camp Nurse. Lives in the Balance is a collection of stories from twenty-five ICU nurses and having read all of Tilda Shalof's books I know it will be rivetting material. Her first book left me with the resolve that if I ever contemplate getting a tattoo, it will be DO NOT RESUSCITATE slapped across my chest.