Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Thanksgiving Thank-you!

              There is a LOT to be thankful for this year.  On the serious side, I learned that my husband loves me even without hair, and on the silly side, he learned that pumpkin pie must be refrigerated. Okay, his night hugging the toilet bowl wasn’t silly, but the point is, we both survived. And this year, the pie will be pecan.
               I also learned, when facing mortality, how grateful I am to have a voice in the world through writing. And that can’t happen without you fabulous book lovers. As a thank-you, here is a list of Girlfriends books that will be perfect for someone on your gift list. Or, you can treat yourself without any of those extra holiday calories. Best of all, you can finish your holiday shopping with a few clicks of the buy button.

Everyone She Loved, Sheila Curran - Penelope has convinced her husband to sign an outlandish pact. If she should die before her two daughters are eighteen, her husband will not remarry without the permission of Penelope’s sister and three college roommates…. 
Naked Man on Main Street, Jenny Gardiner
- This collection of essays will make you laugh and bring you to tears. In the tradition of Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck, here is the gift of humor and self recognition in everyday life.
My Jane Austen Summer, Cindy Jones - Lily is caught in a cycle of loss. When the opportunity arises to travel to England to re-enact Mansfield Park, she thinks she may finally realize her dream of living in a novel.  But even in England, where Lily is immersed in a literary festival so rich it seems Jane Austen is present, her problems find her. 
Passing Love, Jacqueline Lucket
- Nicole-Marie has loved all things French since she was a child. After the death of her best friend, she rejects a marriage proposal and escapes to Paris. While there, she find an old photo of her father - lovingly inscribed to a woman she has never heard of….
A Semester Abroad, Ariella Pappa - Gabriella arrives in the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena on a bitter winter day looking for solace. As she travels though the country with a new group of friends, she walks a fine line between freedom and fear. A passionate, sensuous novel about obsession, friendship and what makes a girl a woman.

And for all my Girlfriends, this year I’ll be giving thanks for your support and your friendship, too!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Leslie Lehr’s new novel, What A Mother Knows, is both a mystery and a love story between generations of mothers and daughters. Add it to your gift list or join the Pulpwood Queens Book Clubs reading it in December. Available now at bookstores, airports, on the Recommended Read shelf at Target…and here. http://tinyurl.com/l5jrnqr



  1. Thank you, Leslie! For the shout out of A Semester Abroad and also for giving me something beautiful to read when I opened up my paper one Sunday this year.
    What A Mother Knows is on my Christmas list.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Thanks Ariella. Glad you liked the NYT Modern Love piece s well. ;)