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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 7/25/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin, a local-to-me author I'm reading for my book club; I'm finally reading the memoir Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad, which has been on my to-read list for ages; and I'm reading Things We Do in the Dark, a recently published thriller by Jennifer Hillier.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

 

01 Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin

Kimmery Martin's Doctors and Friends, written before the Covid-19 pandemic, centers around a group of women, friends since medical school, and their reunion in Spain.

But as they catch up on each other's careers and personal lives, explore, eat, drink, and celebrate, a global pandemic begins to take shape.

Kira Marchand, an infectious disease specialist, is the main protagonist in Doctors and Friends, and she's at the center of the Centers for Disease Control response. The story alludes to a horrifying choice she was forced to make during the global crisis and a resulting tragedy.

The cover and title gave me the impression that this was a light fiction book, but the topic and tone is anything but.

 

02 Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad was preparing to graduate from college and pursue her career dreams of becoming a war correspondent. She was in love, she was moving to Paris, and her future was bright.

But then Jaouad developed a strange itch in her foot. Then fatigue she just couldn't shake, no matter how many hours-long naps she fell into. Then a diagnosis: leukemia. Doctors shared that her disease carried a 35-percent survival rate.

Four years and a New York Times column about her experience later, she emerged from fighting to survive to realize that she needed to revisit how she wanted to live.

Along with her new mutt Oscar, Jaouad embarked on a 100-day, 15.000-mile trip, visiting many of the people--until then, strangers--who had written to her during her cancer fight.

 

03 Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Paris Peralta is arrested in her home bathroom. She's holding a straight razor and covered in blood, and her celebrity husband is dead.

But Paris is even more concerned that because of the publicity, the fiction of her current life that she spent so long cultivating is about to be upended, and her safety along with it.

Meanwhile, killer Ruby Reyes, the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder twenty-five years earlier. She knows who Paris Peralta really is, and when she's released from prison early, she's more than willing to try to sacrifice Paris and destroy her careful web of lies.

Jennifer Hillier is also the author of Little Secrets and Jar of Hearts.