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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 10/2/23 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading another college admission book, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni; I'm reading Josie Silver's newest romantic fiction, scheduled for publication tomorrow, A Winter in New York; and I'm listening to the first in Sara Donati's historical fiction Wilderness series, Into the Wilderness.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

I recently read Who Gets In and Why. I have a senior in high school, so I'm currently solidly on the sidelines of college application hustle and bustle. Nothing like some prompt (ahem!) reading on my part of these promising, helpful-seeming books--which I have long owned--about the consideration and application process!

New York Times journalist Frank Bruni and UNC alum considers the "terrifying and occasionally devastating" process of applying to college--and the dangerous potential belief that a young person's worth could feel determined by which schools offer the person admission and which do not.

So far Bruni explores reassuring data showing that all kinds of colleges can serve as jumping-off points for happy, fulfilling, successful careers and lives--it's what a young person does with the opportunities available to them that makes the difference.


02 A Winter in New York by Josie Silver

Temperatures dropped from horrifically hot to highs in the high 70s some days. Must be time for...the winter books!

Iris is a chef who moves to New York City in hopes of a fresh start--and is quickly intimidated by the scope and action of the city. But her new best friend Bobby takes her under his wing to explore the hubbub.

Then Iris spies a storefront familiar from one of her mother's old photos, a gelato store...where she discovers that they use her exact family recipe.

Handsome Gio, son of the ill owner, explains that the store is in danger of being shuttered. Iris may be able to help--if only she could also figure out the store's connection to her mother's past.

Josie Silver is also the author of One Day in December and The Two Lives of Lydia Byrd, a book that appeared on the Greedy Reading List Six Second-Chance, Do-Over, Reliving-Life Stories.

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group. A Winter in New York is scheduled for publication tomorrow.


03 Into the Wilderness (Wilderness #1) by Sara Donati

In this first book of Donati's Wilderness series, it's 1792 and Elizabeth Middleton has traveled from a lush English estate to a wild New York settlement to meet up with her father.

She quickly realizes that her father's oblique promises that she could teach school in their new home may have been a ruse to get her to New York--and then push her into considering marriage in order to serve his business interests.

But she's determined to follow her own path--and her strong-willed decisions fly in the face of rigid society's expectations concerning women, slavery, and appropriate marriage prospects.

And she can't fight her immediate attraction to the no-nonsense Nathaniel Bonner, a white man dressed in Mohawk gear.

I'm listening to this as an audiobook.

Sara Donati is also the author of the wonderful book The Gilded Hour as well as Where the Light Enters, a book I haven't yet read.


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