(chosen especially for 50Plus-Today Reader)
Best Books 2020
It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor in chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits – read more.
A Good Neighborhood: A Novel by Therese Anne Fowler
In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans―a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter―raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace – read more.
All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
The New York Times bestselling authors of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room return with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel – read more.
Stranger in the Lake: A Novel by Kimberly Belle
Her riskiest move was saying, “I do.”
When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned – read more.
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Based on a truly amazing World War II story.
This wonderful book details the journey of a brave young woman who helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis with forged identity documents – read more.
Etiquette for Runaways by Liza Nash Taylor
Etiquette for Runaways is a Jazz Age tale of regret, ambition, and redemption. Inspired by true events, the story includes details from the Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 and Josephine Baker’s 1925 Paris debut in Le Revue Nègre.1924 – read more.
Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a poignant, absorbing novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber that vanishes into thin air, and eight overly anxious strangers that find they are more alike than they ever imagined – read more.
Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters
The bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls returns to uncover a faith healer’s elusive and haunted past – read more.
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
“A trio of second-born daughters sets out on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside to break the family curse that says they’ll never find love” – read more.
Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey
A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away – read more.