It’s February and love is in the air! And not just the romantic kind. This month’s Rhody Reads highlights six books that focus on amor and its many forms. Each of them is either written by a Rhode Island author or takes place locally (both real and imagined) – because home is where the heart is. Take a chance on falling in love with one of our recommendations – best enjoyed with a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
Looking for a traditional romance novel? Find it in The Edge of Winter by local author and New York Times bestseller Luanne Rice. Explore the natural beauty of South County while journeying along with Neve and her daughter Mickey as they struggle to understand and ultimately find the love in their lives. This hopeful and captivating tale will carry you from the chill of winter to the warm light of summer.
More of a bizarre love triangle, John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick takes place in a fictional Rhode Island town that feels pretty close to the real thing (in ways both good and bad). In this magical story, three beautiful witches fall for the mysterious man who moves in just outside of town. Can this small, quiet community handle the force of their love affair? Fun fact, the movie was set to be filmed in Little Compton until controversy ensued over whether its Congregational church should be involved or not, causing shoots to be relocated to coastal Massachusetts.
Your Heart, My Hands: An Immigrant’s Remarkable Journey to Become One of America’s Preeminent Cardiac Surgeons is a story full of heart, literally and figuratively. Arun Singh, MD is a cardiac surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and professor at Brown who loves his work so much that he has performed more than 15,000 documented heart surgeries. Take the inspirational journey from his humble upbringing in India to his immigration to the United States to become one of the most prolific cardiac surgeons in US history.
Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper sets up the dilemma: When two parents love their daughter, how far will they go to save her? Set in a faux Rhody town, 13-year-old Anna is expected to donate a kidney to her older sister, Kate, who has acute leukemia. Anna is not so sure that’s the best decision for either of them. Seeking medical emancipation from her parents, Anna takes their family on a path of discovery that leads to a new awareness of what’s most important in life and love.
For good or bad, Rhode Islanders loved former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci at the height of his career. Mike Stanton’s insightful The Prince of Providence: The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America’s Most Notorious Mayor delves into the fascinating career of this powerful and power-hungry man who was one of the longest serving mayors in US history. He would do anything for the city he loved and, unfortunately, he often did.
A love affair is rekindled when members of New York high society vacation in Newport in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Can the would-be lovers survive the restrictions and expectations of the late 19th century? Newland Archer is happily engaged to May Welland – until he meets her cousin the Countess Ellen Olenska. At a time when families must avoid scandal at all cost, how will Newland choose?