Winter Reads 2020

The Family Upstairs  by Lisa Jewell
The author is a British mystery/thriller writer. I loved her last book Then She Was Gone and read this book in just two days because I couldn’t put it down! The book is about Libby, who was adopted, discovers that she will inherit a mansion on her 25th birthday. Shocked and wanting  to know more about her birth parents, she travels to the abandoned house only to discover it was the scene of 3 murders, Libby was the only survivor. A few other people have travelled to this house at the same time knowing it’s Libby’s birthday to meet her. The book tells the story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana by Isadora Tattlin
This is the memoir of a woman who was the wife of a diplomat of a mystery country in Cuba in the early 1990s. The book is based on her diary so it doesn’t flow as well as a book would as it’s just the literal timeline of her daily experiences. To me, as someone who has traveled to Cuba, gave me an interesting look into what it is like to live there as someone of privilege. “Because of the low cost of living, nondiplomatic foreigners in Cuba with even modest incomes can afford to rent spacious houses. The spacious houses foreigners rent, though start-of-the-art in the 1950s, are no longer chock-full of smoothly running labor-saving devices nor served by an efficient infrastructure. One or two servants, at least, were necessary to run the house.”  Our house had six help lined up just inside the front door as we arrive: a butler, a gardener, a cook, a downstairs maid, an upstairs maid, and a laundress.” She also had a chauffeur and babysitter. The cost was $150 per person a month. She talks about food shortages, racism, prostitution, lack of: running water, shopping since stores are empty, clothes,  cooking oil, toilet seats, soap, books, eggs, vegetables, tomatoes only available 6 months out of the year. And how Cubans survive making deals here and there to get what they need to survive. 

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood 
The Cactus is about a prickly woman named Susan facing life-changing events who has a particular and structured personality.  When her mother dies, she ends up in an inheritance battle with her brother and also ends up getting closer to Rob, her brother's friend. If that wasn't enough, Susan finds herself pregnant and surprising everyone and even herself, she is keeping it.

Inside Out by Demi Moore
I read Demi’s memoir in 3 days, it was such a juicy page turner. I grew up watching Demi’s movies and now I want to re-watch a bunch of them as she talks about her experience filming each one. The book goes into her dysfunctional childhood or rather lack there of and her failed relationships. The bombshell of the book is that she says when her relationship from Ashton was failing her 3 daughters didn’t speak to her for 3 years and Bruce wouldn’t intervene. She says all the money and fame in the world couldn’t fix how broken she was inside. A month after this book came out  Brandi Glanville talked about Demi in her youtube channel without mentioning her name to not be sued. lol See years ago there were rumors that Brandi and Demi had a romantic tryst at the Turks & Caicos island estate of Bruce Willis while Demi and Ashton were there for Bruce's wedding. Brandi denied this in the press. In the beginning of this video titled "My ode to Mila Kunis" Brandi comes clean since Demi's  book said that Ashton was a cheater. When Demi's book came out Ashton wrote this vague tweet insinuating that Demi isn't telling the truth. 

It's been a long time since I've bought a book from Amazon, I always borrow everything from the library but there are two new releases that I want to get my hands on that the wait at the library is too long. American Dirt and The Silent Patient. I'll be reading those on my vacation to Mexico. 

I no longer belong to a book club but found a book club podcast that I liked called Bad on Paper. They recently did an episode on the book One Day in December that I read before and liked. It was nice to listen to a discussion of it so now I'm going to start reading books with them. 

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