12 Kindle-Worthy Downloads

Want to cram in more pleasure reading before the end of summer? Load your Kindle with these super satisfying reads.
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Let Me Eat Cake by Leslie F. Miller

Got a bellyache from all those books about questing for the perfect beef, wine, cheese-you name it. Us too, until we read Miller’s journey into the "moist white underbelly of the cake world." We’d recommend you only read this book on a Kindle (you’ll need a free hand to feed yourself cake-trust us, you’ll be craving it). Download it here.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Three unforgettable women are at the heart of Stockett’s debut novel: Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter, who has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. And Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Download it here.

Love is a Four-Letter Word edited by Michael Taeckens

You probably don’t want to relive your own bad breakup, but getting the dish on someone else’s? Yes, please! This anthology is packed with entertaining tales of heartbreak: At 15, Kate Christensen has an emotional love affair with an older man; Junot Diaz returns to the Dominican Republic (with his novia) after 20 years away from the island; and Maud Newton chronicles her toxic, STD-filled relationship with a 20-something bad boy. Download it here.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

The Queen of Chick Lit is back, this time with a novel about two childhood friends who reunite in midlife.

My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme

You don’t need to enjoy cooking to read Child’s mesmerizing memoir about the time she spent in France shopping at local markets, taking classes at the Cordon Bleu and nurturing the iconic woman she would become. Download it here.

The Lacemakers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, 26-year-old fashion designer Kate follows her mother’s advice and flees to her ancestral homeland of Ireland, hoping to break free of old patterns and reinvent herself. She arrives on the west coast, in the seaside hamlet of Glenmara. In this charming, fading Gaelic village, Kate quickly develops a bond with members of the local lace-making society. Download it here.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Part murder mystery, part family saga, part love story-the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, about the daughter of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families who disappeared 40 years ago, has got something for everyone. Download it here.

Adventure Divas by Holly Morris

If your summer vacation is of the stay-at-home variety, dip into Morris’s globetrotting book to see the world. The author, who ditched her desk job to prove that adventure is not a vacation variety but a philosophy of living, visits risk-taking women including a former Black Panther activist exiled in Cuba, a New Delhi police chief who revolutionized an Indian jail and an Iranian painter whose art goes against her government. Download it here.

Swimming by Nicola Keegan

Pip is so adept at swimming she might as well have gills-"she’s tall and flat and . . . supernaturally buoyant." The watery depths are a welcome escape from her agoraphobic mother, lost father and drug-addled sister-and the key to her future as an Olympic contender. Download it here.

Black & White by Dani Shapiro

Kate Gosselin looks like a saint compared to the twisted mother character in Shapiro’s fifth novel. Clara is the daughter of Ruth, a controversial photographer who found fame taking unsettling nude portraits of her young daughter. At 18, Clara escapes her notoriety and flees New York City for small-town Maine, where she’s finally free of her mother-until the old woman reaches out to her from her deathbed. Download it here.

When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale

Kneale’s captivating novel is riddled with typos. But you can’t blame Lawrence, the narrator-he’s only nine. He’s also the man of the house-especially now that his mother Hanna and sister Jemima are on the run from Dad. Download it here.

Summer House by Nancy Thayer

It’s summer, and the Wheelright clan-Charlotte, a 30-something gardener, Helen, her sour mother, and Nona, the family matriache-have convened at the family’s Nantucket estate. When Nona makes a surprise announcement at the annual family meeting, each woman must look within and examine the life choices she has made. Download it here.

First Published Wed, 2009-08-05 12:45

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