Fall Reads: The Escape Artist

Paris, La tour Eiffel

Paris, La tour Eiffel

Although you may not be heading back to school this fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t hit the books. But figuring out what to read can be easier said than done. So what kind of reader are you? An escape artist, looking to leave the city behind every chance you get? Are you happy-go-lucky and looking for a fun, easy read? Or are you an ambitious go-getter in work, life, love, and reading? Fall is the perfect time to cozy up by the fire and get back to the books!

The Escape Artist

Who you are: You love New York but your wanderlust keeps you dreaming of your next vacation a world away. Jet-setting for you is going climbing in Tanzania, boating in Monaco, exploring in Argentina.  When you are stuck on the subway or taking a lunch break you want to be reading something that will transport you to another city, another world, or another time.

Our rec: Murder Below Montparnasse: An Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris by Cara Black

5 reasons to read:
1. Aimée Leduc is the perfect private investigator to to usurp Nancy Drew.
2. You’ll want to imitate Aimée Leduc’s French style: Chanel No. 5, a Hermés scarf, a leather jacket, and Converse.
3. Zipping around Paris on her Vespa, the Montparnasse will come alive in this crime thriller.
4. What’s more transporting than Paris?
5. 14 books in the series means you can experience all the arrondissements without leaving New York.

The Long View: Aimée Leduc is a private investigator keeping up the family business at Leduc Detective in Paris, France. She primarily works alone except for her partner Remi who has recently left to accept a job in Silicon Valley, leaving Aimée and hacker Saj to man the office. When Yuri Volodin, an old Russian man, hires Aimée to find his Modigliani painting she never guesses that Yuri will know something of her missing mother.  As Aimée becomes more entangled in the art world and the Soviet secrets surrounding the painting,  she realizes how dangerous the situation is.  Not to mention her personal life is pretty messy: she spots her flic boyfriend, Melac, with another woman, a female Russian bodyguard has the hots for her, and things are complicated with an art investigator named Dombasle. Plus, there is her dog, Miles Davis, to worry about. This jam-packed crime novel will leave you ready to explore all the arrondissements even if only through Cara Black’s series.

The deets: 
SoHo Press
321 pages
January 2013
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Fall Reads: The Happy-go-lucky Reader

Although you may not be heading back to school this fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t hit the books. But figuring out what to read can be easier said than done. So what kind of reader are you? An escape artist, looking to leave the city behind every chance you get? Are you happy-go-lucky and looking for a fun, easy read? Or are you an ambitious go-getter in work, life, love, and reading? Fall is the perfect time to cozy up by the fire and get back to the books!

The Happy-go-lucky Reader

Who you are: You are all about having fun and enjoying life.  Whether it is enjoying a pumpkin beer, taking a stroll through Central Park, or reading for enjoyment. An enjoyable read can be many things: a steamy escape from the dismal dating scene in NYC or a jaunt into the world of Chandon and Chanel.  Better yet, a book should remind you, life’s not so bad.

Our rec: Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

5 reasons to read:
1. Fast-talking Lauren Graham played the mom you always wanted—Lorelai Gilmore.
2. Aspiring _________ looking to make it in NYC—aren’t we all?
3. Scrunchies, Doc Martins, answering machines? 1995 was awesome.
4. Franny’s filofax will remind you of your Google calendar. Run 2 miles? Maybe tomorrow. Dinner? Cheese puffs sound good.
5. Did we mention Lauren Graham? But seriously, her quick wit and self-deprecating humor comes across on the page and keeps you laughing.

The Long View: “Gilmore Girls” or “Parenthood” fans will know Lauren Graham as a quirky fast-talking brunette.  Readers won’t be disappointed by Franny Banks, with her quick-wit and untamed brown curls. It is 1995 and Franny is living in Brooklyn and trying to make it as an actor. A waitress in a comedy club by night, Franny spends her days auditioning.  The book follows Franny through bad relationships, bad commercial auditions, agents, roommates, and her small and large embarrassments in acting class.  Time is ticking on her self-imposed deadline of “making it” within 3 years of moving to the big city.  Pages from Franny’s filofax are endearing and uncomfortably familiar for any single girl living in NYC (Haven’t we all eaten Cheese puffs for dinner?). Where some books about rising stardom and “making it” fall flat, Graham has the right balance of charm, hilarity, and even a little romance to warm any New Yorker’s heart.

The deets: 
Ballantine
358 pages
April 2013
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Fall Reads: The Ambitious Reader

Although you may not be heading back to school this fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t hit the books. But figuring out what to read can be easier said than done. So what kind of reader are you? An escape artist, looking to leave the city behind every chance you get? Are you happy-go-lucky and looking for a fun, easy read? Or are you an ambitious go-getter in work, life, love, and reading? Fall is the perfect time to cozy up by the fire and get back to the books!

The Ambitious Reader

Who you are: You do it all, all day long. So why would reading be any different? Free time means tackling that tome you have been meaning to crack open or reading the latest and greatest from your favorite authors all while training for the New York Marathon, kicking butt at work, and making your Pinterest boards come to life.

Our rec: A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

5 reasons to read
1. Who doesn’t want to read about the sex-capades of the middle ages?
2. Chaucer is a main character so you can picture Paul Bettany as you’re reading (A Knight’s Tale anyone?)
3. A prophetic book that could take down the English monarchy will keep you guessing.
4. You can brush up on your Middle English.
5. Bruce is a historian, he knows his stuff.

The Long View: A book has surfaced in the Spring of 1385 with 13 poetic prophesies describing the deaths of the last 12 monarchs of England as well as the death of the 13th king of England, the very much alive King Richard II.  Geoffrey Chaucer enlists his friend and fellow poet, John Gower, to find the book before a rift between the king and his uncle is deepened by the dark events foretold in the book.  Gower deals in information and must use his connections to find the book that all of London, and even Florence and France, is interested in.  Gower’s mission intersects with maudlyns, serjeants-at-law, butchers, and courtly mistresses.  The situation becomes dire as the day approaches when the king is said to die. Gower must navigate the dark and seedy streets to find the book and the author of such seditious writings.  During the process he reconnects with his son only to find out that he may be involved. The London of the middle ages that Bruce Holsinger encapsulates is one that most of us haven’t read about.  He shows the great web of societal connections–how the brothels, mauds, and butchers connect with the courts, priories, and monarchies.  At 464 pages, this historical thriller will keep you guessing from start to finish. And word on the street is a sequel is coming in 2015!

The deets: 
William Morrow
464 pages
February 2014
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