Freading eBooks Newsletter – May 8, 2017
PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction Winner
* A Time Magazine “most anticipated fiction debut of 2017” pick
* PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction Winner
* May 2017 LibraryReads.org Pick
Polly Guo is an undocumented Chinese immigrant working at a nail salon in New York. One day she doesn’t come home from work and her 11-year-old son is at a loss for what to do. Polly is frightened with her new situation, but she is determined to help her son.
“There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko’s novel beautifully written, ambitious and moving, and all of that is true, but it’s more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading.”
—Ann Patchett
May 2017 LibraryReads Selection
Radium was discovered during the first world war. In the beginning it was touted as a healthy wonder drug that could be used in everything from body lotion to tonic water. The young women who worked with it in factories touched it carelessly and were even instructed to swallow it. As they started to become more and more ill from the effects of Radium, their employer refused to uncover the truth.
The story of real women at the mercy of businesses who see them only as a potential risk to the bottom line is haunting precisely because of how little has changed; the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still.”
NPR Books
Hidden Thread
by Liz Trenow
Anna leaves her family and her small village for the first time. She is so nervous, hungry and tired, that she faints on the streets of London. She is woken by a young Frenchman, Henri,  who is trying to help. Interestingly enough, this is not the last time that Anna sees Henri.
“…nice characters…good life lessons…terrific…I really enjoyed it”
-An Amazon. com reader review
Book Page Fan Favorite 
Mileva Maric was the only woman in her physics class in college. She had not met anyone who came close to being her intellectual equal until she was intruduced to her husband-to-be: Albert Einstein. This novel, voted a 2017 fan favorite by BookPage Magazine readers, explores just how brilliant and influential she was.
“…INTIMATE and IMMERSIVE historical novel….Prepare to be moved by this provocative history of a woman whose experiences will resonate with today’s readers.” ” – Library Journal, Editors’ Fall Picks
The Last Days of Cafe Leila
Noor lives in San Francisco with her teenage daughter Lily. Feeling displaced after the end of her marriage, she drags her daughter to Iran. She misses her hometown and wants to see her family again. Back in the familiarity of her family’s restaurant in Tehran, it becomes clear to Noor that she must decide how she is going to live the rest of her life.
“A love letter to family, food, and culture, The Last Days of Café Leila is a beautiful narrative with an undeniable ache for belonging at its center.”
—Refinery29
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Mother’s Day Reading
As one of the original fitness instructors on ‘The Biggest Loser’ television program,  Jillian Michaels has become well known for her versatile, accessible fitness routines. She has many top selling DVD’s, books and she now has a popular pod-cast on iTunes. In this book, Jillian and her team of experts aim to arm new and longtime mom’s with the best nutrition and fitness information available for them and their children.
Now more than ever it’s possible to make money while working from home. The Internet makes it possible to connect with others more easily and to sell items that you make or refurbish. For any mom who dreams of working at home, this book profiles 28 women who balanced the challenge of starting their own business at home while raising a family.
*A #1 New York Times Best Seller
Busy mom, activist, and actress Alicia Silverstone shares her methods of staying slim and healthy by slowly adopting a vegan diet. She focuses more on maintaining a wholesome eating philosophy rather than calorie counting.
“The Kind Diet has opened my eyes in so many ways…has made me feel stronger and happier than I ever have.”
-Glee Star Lea Michele
*The trilogy that inspired ‘The Durrells’ series on PBS’ ‘Masterpiece Theater’
For every mother who has ever dreamed of packing up her family and moving away from everything, this trilogy is the escape that you have been aching for. It’s the true story of Louisa Durrell and her four children. They had always lived in England but their days seem to becoming increasingly unhappy and the “dreary” weather only seemed to add to their misery. Not normally a person to run away from her problems, Mrs. Durrell sold her house in England and took her kids to the gorgeous but rustic Greek island of Corfu. This view of their adventures in Corfu is told by the youngest Durrell child, Gerald.
“A lot of frolic, fun, and charming ribaldry, as well as the warm feeling of having been transported to a lovely spot where worry is unknown and anything is believable.”
-The New York Times
It feels almost impossible to fit in exercise when there’s always a to-do list hanging on the fridge and time alone is scarce.  Fitness Editor author Laurie Koncada is a mom of two young children. She shares her tips on how to fit in raising a family, having a job, and working out.
“I like reading about others that have similar experiences to mine..this book offers ideas that I hadn’t though of before.”
-an Amazon. com reader review
The benefits of daily meditation have been well documented by many respected sources. Some busy parents may think that it sounds like one more item on a long list of things they will never get to. Called “a must-read” by Parents Magazine, ‘Breathe Mama Breathe’ shows how you can take more control over your day by fitting in “mindful moments” anywhere.
Get Ready For Summer
Do you enjoy reading outside in the good weather? How about grilling, gardening, hiking or camping? Freading has books to help enhance your time outdoors no matter what your interests are:
~Escape with fiction~ 
The latest novel by New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Jill Mansell is an enchanting romance that is perfect for delving into after a long day of work or on vacation. It’s the story of Clemency and Sam. She swore they were soul mates when the first met, but he was married. When they meet again years later, Sam is no longer married, but he is dating Clemency’s step-sister.
” Mansell’s books are must reads. Take this one on vacation, or anywhere for that matter. It’s the perfect summer time book.” – Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Pick
Mercy Dane had a difficult childhood in a foster home wrought with problems. She became almost used to constant hurt. When fate delivers her to the town of Blessings, Georgia, she wonders if she has stumbled upon a different planet. Everyone is kind and reaches out to her in one way or another. Mercy becomes even more mystified when she meets a handsome police chief who is interested in more than just her friendship.
“Sala is a master in the romance genre”
RT Book Reviews
If you’re looking for a romance with a sense of humor, ‘Sweet Southern Trouble’ is it. Laugh along as football coach Nick Frasier tries to stick to what he knows while his colleague Marabelle attempts to have him step outside of his comfort zone. Nick is not prepared to handle a woman who won’t back down.
“..An entertaining book with a heartfelt love story punctuated with lots of laughs and sizzling chemistry…I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy read.”
-Mary’s Keeper Shelf
~Cooking, Gardening & Outdoor Adventure Books~
*Outdoor Book of the Year Winner, 2015
When you see a tree, what do you think? Author Tristan Gooley looks at a tree and immediately learns something about the history and climate of the area he is in. He also looks to the sky to determine what weather might be coming or what direction he is going. Full of over 800 tips, this book is a must-read for anyone remotely interested in nature.
“Gooley interprets clues like a private investigator of the wilds, leaving no stone unturned . . . For those inclined to solve mysteries written into the landscape, this author’s lead is one they’ll want to follow.”
The Wall Street Journal
*IACP Cookbook Award Winner
With more than 1000 color photographs and pages full of the most delectable recipes you have ever seen, “How to Grill” will leave you daydreaming about cooking in your backyard. Learn how to grill the perfect hamburger, outstanding seafood, spicy quesadillas, mouthwatering pizza, tantalizing garlic bread, vegetables, fruit, and much more.
“The giddy joy that comes with picking up this tribute to outdoor cooking is comparable to the adolescent thrill of sneaking a naughty magazine into the garage”
-Publisher’s Weekly
*A current #1 Best Seller in ‘Annual Flowers Gardening’ on Amazon. com
The Flower Gardener’s Bible is an outstanding resource for every level of gardener. Whether you’re just starting out or you have been digging in the dirt for awhile, this book will give you ideas for every time of year and every weather condition.
“..a thorough overview of essential gardening topics”
-Booklist
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