End of Summer Reading List

As the summer wanes like the sun over the East River at the end of the day, I have a virtual truckload of books to recommend:

1) Effortless, the latest critically-acclaimed novel by the brilliant and talented Marina Raydun, whose works explore human struggles both in interpersonal relationships and within the human psyche. Effortless tells the story of Helen, a 28-year old woman who “longs to be effortless” and follows an “enchanting stranger across the Atlantic, hoping to find more than temporary shelter and a distraction from her seemingly crumbling life when she gets there.” http://www.amazon.com/Effortless-1-Marina-Raydun/dp/1511887559/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Effortless has been described as “Fantastic! A must read”, a “MASTERPIECE” and “Best to date.”

Marina is also the author of the novel, Joe After Maya http://www.amazon.com/Joe-After-Maya-Marina-Raydun-ebook/dp/B00KJNK7D8/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 and the novella compilation, One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride http://www.amazon.com/One-Year-Berlin-Foreign-Bride/dp/1490385037/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

I had the pleasure of reviewing One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride , which I described as, “a great illustration of the emotional and historic tensions that permeate interpersonal relationships and marriage in particular.”


2) Problems of Translation, the frenetically-paced, linguistic roller-coaster of a novel by Jim Story. The book tells the story of, “Charles Abel Baker–short story writer and a “most unlikely middle-aged hero” who, “sets off around the world on a quest to see one of his short stories translated into ten different languages and back again into English, a sort of literary version of the old party game “telephone.”” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WV7BB12

Reviewers have called Problems of Translation, “Highly unusual and a fun read” and “Walter Mitty meets a Beautiful Mind.”


3) The Legacy of Lost Things, Aida Zilelian’s debut novel which, “follows three generations of a family of Armenian immigrants living in the United States, as they struggle with one another and against the Old World expectations of their community.” The plot focuses on a family’s coping with the disappearance of Araxi, “the oldest daughter of the desperately unhappy Levon and Tamar,” which is the catalyst for the family’s confrontation of “their painful histories together.” http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Lost-Things-Aida-Zilelian/dp/0990573222

The Legacy of Lost Things has been described as, “A Powerful Family Saga of Armenian Expats and Connections”, “Emotionally Endearing” and “A Passionate Story of Love and Loss.”


4) The Language of Men, Anthony D’Aries’ gritty and heartfelt memoir. http://www.amazon.com/The-Language-Men-Anthony-DAries/dp/0976881330

In my review of this poignant, sometimes painful piece of creative non-fiction, I characterized the story as, “A beautiful, relatable narrative on many levels.”


Sending much gratitude to these authors for transporting us out of our everyday trials and putting a mirror up to the universal human experience.



Peace and inspiration!


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