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What is author Mary Kay Andrews reading?

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

Mary Kay Andrews' nightstand

It's hard to believe New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews has time to do anything but write. With her Summer Rental out in paperback May 8 and Spring Fever debuting June 5, she's busier than ever, but she always makes the time to read. We asked Mary Kay what five books are on her nightstand now.

Come HomeCome Home by Lisa Scottoline
by Lisa Scottoline

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom. She's finally gotten her life back on track after a divorce. She's about to remarry a fabulous guy, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her and her daughter, Megan, is a happy 13-year-old juggling homework and swim team. Jill's suburban life is exactly as she wants it.

Jill's ex-stepdaughter, Abby, delivers shocking news -- Jill's ex-husband is dead. Abby is positive that her father was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill is hesitant, but agrees to ask a few questions and begins to find that things aren't adding up. As she continues to search for answers, her new family's fate is threatened and her own life could be at risk. Yet Jill is now so far in that she can't turn her back on a child she once called her own -- a child who still needs her.


A Natural WomanA Natural Woman by Carole King
by Carole King

Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful Number 1 album Tapestry and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife and present-day activist. Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers readers a front-row seat to the woman behind the legend.

The book includes dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family and behind-the-scenes images from her performances.


The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigian The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Eduardo and Ciro are just boys when their mother abandons them to a convent in the Italian Alps, unable to care for her sons after the death of her husband. There, they begin new lives: Eduardo, the practical older brother, tries to protect young Ciro from the world. When Ciro meets the beautiful Enza, a local peasant girl, a lovely relationship blossoms between the two of them. But when Ciro finds himself in trouble and is banished to America, Enza is bereft at the unexplained disappearance of the boy she cared so much about.

In America, Ciro is apprenticed to a shoemaker in Little Italy, New York. But he does not know that Enza has also arrived in the United States. (After an unfortunate family situation, she decides to build her life in a new country as well.) Though it is the fate of the young lovers to meet again, circumstances greater than themselves threaten to tear them apart. Ciro feels it's his duty to volunteer for World War I and Enza chooses to forge ahead with a new life without him.

In these difficult times full of turbulent change, what chance do two people who love one another have of finding each other again? Trigiani gives the reader a unique, defining immigrant experience centered on love but haunted by separation and loss in The Shoemaker's Wife.

Wife 22Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
by Melanie Gideon

An irresistible novel of a woman losing herself and finding herself again in the middle of her life.

Maybe it was those extra five pounds I'd gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).

And just like that, I found myself answering questions...

A Surrey State of Affairs A Surrey State of Affairs by Ceri Radford
by Ceri Radford

Constance Harding's comfortable corner of Surrey is her own little piece of heaven. She lives in a chocolate box house complete with an Aga and a parrot, her bell-ringing club is set to dominate the intercounty tournament and she is sure she can get her son, Rupert, to settle down if she just writes the perfect personal ad for him. Naturally, things turn disastrous rather quickly. And she's about to learn that her perfect home conceals a scandal that would make the vicar blush.

Her Lithuanian housekeeper's undergarments keep appearing in her husband's study and her daughter is turning into a Lycra-clad gap-year strumpet. As her family falls apart, Constance embarks on an extraordinary journey. From partying in Ibiza to riding bareback with a handsome Argentinean gaucho whose only English words are "Britney" and "Spears," Constance is about to discover a wider world she thought it was too late to find.

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