Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Waiting to Read Wednesday: The Sky Isn't Visible From Here/The Library of Lost and Found/My Lovely Wife

The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!

The Sky Isn't Visible From Here: Scenes from a Life by Felicia C. Sullivan
(Algonquin Books, 2007)
Felicia Sullivan's volatile, beautiful, deceitful, drug-addicted mother disappeared on the night Sullivan graduated from college, and has not been seen or heard from in the ten years since. Sullivan, who grew up on the tough streets of Brooklyn in the 1980s, now looks back on her childhood—lived among drug dealers, users, and substitute fathers. Sullivan became her mother's keeper, taking her to the hospital when she overdosed, withstanding her narcissistic rages, succumbing to the abuse or indifference of so-called stepfathers, and always wondering why her mother would never reveal the truth about the father she'd never met.

Ashamed of her past, Sullivan invented a persona to show the world. Yet despite her Ivy League education and numerous accomplishments, she, like her mother, eventually succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse. She wrote The Sky Isn't Visible from Here, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, when she realized it was time to kill her own creation. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I hunted this book down about 10 years ago after a friend recommended it. It almost did not survive my last TBR purging because I have moved away from reading memoirs that touch on topics that I deal with in my daily life and career. At least mostly. But something stayed my hand, and here the book sits on my shelf, waiting its turn. There's something about Sullivan's story that calls to me.

Have you read this one? If so, what did you think? What book has been lingering on your shelf for a while that you want to read?


The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
Release Date: March 26, 2019 by Park Row
A librarian's discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people--though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she's invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend--her grandmother Zelda--who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda's past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. Filled with Phaedra Patrick's signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: A librarian, a book with a clue, and buried secrets? What's not to like about this one?

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Release Date: March 26, 2019 by Berkley Books
Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this one: Doesn't this sound intriguing? I can't wait to dive into this psychological thriller!

Do these interest you too? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to getting your hands on and reading?

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  1. I love the sound of The Library of Lost and Found. Sounds like a nice cozy read. :)

    1. Greg - I think so too. I think it will be a good one, maybe especially after a thriller. :-)

  2. Hi Wendy!

    The Library of Lost and Found does appeal to me. I totally get that. :) Awesome cover too!

    I think we've all got too much of a backlog, so don't worry, you're not alone!

    Here's my Waiting On Wednesday post. Hope you're having a great week! Happy Hump Day! xx

    1. Sassy Brit - I love the cover of The Library of Lost and Found too! It's nice to know I am not alone in having a backlog of books, but it would be nice to feel like I'm making progress now and then. Haha. Maybe if I didn't keep bringing in new books . . .

  3. I haven't read any of them but they all look good to me. The cover of My Lovely Wife really intrigues me.

  4. A library themed mystery sounds really fun and I really love the crisp, simple cover.

    My CWW & WWW this week.

  5. Both of your new ones are on my TBR to read at some point. Hope you are having a good week, Wendy!

  6. I bet My Lovely Wife will be really popular. I've read some really good thrillers lately so maybe I'll give this one a try too. Have a great week and I hope you enjoy all your books.

    1. Barb - I have a feeling it will be too. I hope you like The Lovely Wife if you read it!

  7. All three books sound really interesting, especially The Library of Lost and Found and My Lovely Wife!

  8. The Library of Lost and Found is one I really want to read, too. :)

  9. I haven't seen The Sky Isn't Visible from Here before but it sounds like it could be a tough read. My Lovely Wife is quite tempting. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get the chance to read them, Wendy!

    1. Carole - It has been awhile since it came out and I don't think it got much press at the time. Thanks for visiting, Carole! I'm sorry for being so bad about linking to the host post. I need to figure out a reminder for myself since I generally don't blog on Thursdays . . .

  10. The Library of Lost and Found looks wonderful and I'm curious about My Lovely Wife. I've been liking thrillers lately.

    1. Katherine - I have been drawn to thrillers a lot lately too.

  11. I'm totally attracted to THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND because everything about it is in my wheelhouse :D


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