This is an amazing and raw memoir from a man who grew up in a modern day Gypsy camp in England. It's fascinating, sweet, sad and crazy.
The Liars' Club by Mary Karr
This is one of both my aunt and my mom's favorite books and I finally got around to reading it. It is amazing. This follows Mary Karr's tumultuous childhood in the oilfields of Texas with an insane mother and plenty of good family stories. It is beautifully written.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman
Susan Gilman tells the captivating story of her post college trip around the world in the 80s and the crazy drama that goes down in China with her traveling partner. I really enjoyed this book and thank you to my friend Lucy who recommended it in the comments on a previous book review post.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
You've probably heard of this bestseller but if you haven't read it you should! This is a page turning and exciting story about a messed up relationship, a missing wife and screwy mind games. I couldn't put it down and finished it in about 3 days.
Room by Emma Donoghue
This is another huge best seller that you all have probably recommended to me or read but don't be turned off by the hype --- it's a great read! I really enjoyed it and it is different from anything I've read lately. N.B. If you are an overly paranoid or scaredy-cat type, you might not want to read this :)
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This is a great story and I was so sad to be done with it, what a beautiful book! My friend Lynda recommended this and it was SUCH a good one. Interesting, engaging, sad and happy, it's a beautiful book. PLUS it takes place in San Francisco which was fun for me.
The Darlings by Cristina Alger
This is another great recommendation from my friend Lynda, a great novel about a wealthy New York family turned upside down by a Madoff-esque ponzi scheme. This story was really about all the characters involved and I could picture them in my head like a movie as I was reading --- I love that!