Bookbites: Memorable stories and food for thought

T-Mag Wednesday 31/August/2022 15:55 PM
By: NewsUSA
Bookbites: Memorable stories and food for thought

Tune in Tomorrow
by Randee Dawn      

A funny, thrilling and mysterious adventure into the world of alternate reality television -- perfect for fans of Jasper Fforde and Christopher Moore.  

She’s just a small-town girl, with big mythic dreams. Starr Weatherby came to New York to become … well, a star. But after ten years and no luck, she’s offered a big role -- on a show no one has ever heard of. It’s a reality show beyond the Veil, human drama, performed for the entertainment of the Fae.  

But as Starr shifts to rising fan favourite, she learns about the show’s dark underbelly -- and the mysterious disappearance of her predecessor. She’ll do whatever it takes to keep her dream job -- though she might just bring down the show in the process.

The Third Way
by Aimee Hoben  

After losing her college scholarship, Arden Firth -- with the help of Justin Kirish, a law student with a mysterious past -- becomes the reluctant leader of a movement to ban corporations. South Dakota Ballot Initiative 99 is Arden’s last hope to save her grandmother’s farm from foreclosure. But as the movement grows, shadowy forces conspire to quash it, and Arden sees “99” begin to spiral out of her control.  

A novel charting the intersection among idealism, extremism, and forgiveness, fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood will love “The Third Way” -- the story of a young woman struggling with her own demons while trying to articulate a vision that could change the world.

Cobblestones, Conversations and Corks
by Giovanni Ruscitti  

A passionate and deeply moving memoir about a father-son relationship, a culture rooted in family, food and wine and an ancestral small town in Central Italy that was left behind after World War II. When the Germans invaded Cansano in 1943, Ruscitti’s family moved out to the unforgiving mountains of Abruzzo, living in horrendous winter conditions. When the war ended, they returned to a village so ravaged by the Germans that today it has fewer than 200 citizens.  

When Ruscitti visits Cansano and walks the cobblestones, his father’s stories are illuminated by the town piazza, the steep valley and the surrounding mountains. He relives the tales of his parents’ struggles, their post-war misery, their romance and decision to immigrate to the U.S.

A Dark and Stormy Tea
by Laura Childs  

Tea shop entrepreneur Theodosia Browning dashes down Charleston’s famed Gateway Walk in an attempt to outrun an oncoming storm. But lightning and pelting rain soon overtake her, and the normally picturesque ramble of hedges and statuary becomes a twisted labyrinth of fog and driving rain. As she approaches St. Philips Cemetery, Theodosia witnesses a brutal murder and watches as a dark-hooded figure slips away.  

While alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim as the daughter of a friend who owns a bookshop near her Indigo Tea Shop. Seeking justice, Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. But between a raging storm, a possible serial killer and staging a Murder Mystery Tea at Chillingham Manor, Theodosia worries that she could be the next victim.