Carrie Soto is Back: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto, with the most Grand Slam and Wimbledon wins in tennis, comes out of retirement after five years when her record is in danger of being surpassed.

Past her prime and far from beloved because of her relentless ambition and refusal to put on sponsor pleasing acts of false modesty and meaningless platitudes with the media, Soto faces an uphill battle, both physically and mentally, as she begins to realize, if not always question, the cost of greatness.

As with Jenkins Reid’s recent work (Malibu Rising and Daisy Jones & The Six) this is a fast read that’s commercial on the surface with plenty of serious themes underpinning the story. And I hate to say it, but I admit I’d like to see this adapted for the screen. A perfect, fun read to close out the summer with.

Adult Fiction Paperback pr6730539

Abominations: Selected Essays From A Career of Courting Self-Destruction by Lionel Shriver

Selected reviews, essays and speeches from the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, first published in The Guardian, Harper’s, The NYT and more.

Shriver has never been anything but contentious, argumentative and acerbic, and I find it somewhat remarkable that, in the cancel-culture age we find ourselves in, she continues to make her living primarily from journalism, while publishing five novels in the last six years. The subjects here include diversity in the publishing industry, cultural appropriation, immigration, tax rates for the rich and declining standards for spoken and written English with Shriver’s position generally incendiary.

While many will refuse to read this, based on what they might have read on social media, or put it down once they’ve reached their high-water mark for being offended, I found Shriver’s arguments well reasoned, the subjects worth re-consideration and enjoyed the sort of bracing contrarian voice that I associate (and miss) with Christopher Hitchens. This would make a great book club pick, but you might all need to wear head-gear and gloves once it’s time to meet and discuss. A great read for those looking to venture forth from their silos, there is likely something here for everyone to be offended by at some point.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr6665304

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