Hey,there! What’s this, you say? A Booklist in your inbox on a Sunday? Yes! I’m so excited to announce the newest member of our Booklist family. Each week, I’ll be popping in to say hello and share what I’ve been reading, fun book content I’ve found from around the web, and recommendations for even more reads that I think you’ll love.
For this first edition, I figured I’d start with a genre that’s near and dear to my heart: historical fiction. I’m a history fiend, and I always intend to read those award-winning nonfiction tomes. But a few pages in and, well, I find my eyes glazing over. (A dusty copy of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow is staring at me while I write this.) I need the dialogue, the drama, and the inner thoughts only fiction can provide!
How about you? Reply to this email and let me know what genres you love to read.
Luxury Accommodations: Marylebone Village is one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods, so, naturally, the hotel named for it (and located in it) is just as chic. Elegant without being stodgy, and trendy without being uncomfortable, The Marylebone hits the sweet spot between style and substance. With rooms featuring understated furnishings, playful accents, and crisp linens, you’ll get all the rest you need to explore one of the world’s most iconic cities. Pro tip: nab a terrace suite to enjoy a private all-weather terrace with a TV and fireplace.
Instaworthy Activities: As a guest at The Marylebone, enjoy complimentary access to the on-site Third Space—one of London’s most exclusive health clubs, featuring a state-of-the-art gym and an 18m ozone-treated swimming pool. When hunger strikes, dine at the charming 108 Brasserie. Don’t forget to check out their top-tier gin selection, too! Then, when it's time to venture out into London, don't stress about navigating the Tube. You're already in the heart of it all, darling!
New Historical Fiction for November
Who says time travel isn’t real? Take a thrilling trip to past eras with these three sparkling new novels, including a Hollywood murder, the latest by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, and a 19th-century tale about butterflies full of intrigue.
Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen
by Sarah James
It’s 1943 Tinseltown, and there’s no better place to see and be seen than the Hollywood Canteen. Annie is a murder mystery playwright, so when a film critic is found dead, she sets out to solve the crime and discovers real-life sleuthing is a lot more challenging—and dangerous—than writing about it.
Trusting a Nazi officer, 11-year-old Nico unwittingly convinces Jewish residents of his Greek town—including his family—to board trains that send them to Auschwitz. When he learns what he’s done, he vows to never tell the truth again. Narrated by the Angel of Truth, this story extends decades beyond the war in what Kirkus calls “a captivating allegory about evil, lies, and forgiveness.”
It’s 1922 when journalist Verity is sent an anonymous butterfly costume and an invitation to the Sydney Artists Masquerade Ball. Once there, she’s commissioned to write the history of a storied Australian foundation. But as she digs, she uncovers a mystery that takes her back to 1868, when a woman named Theodora became fascinated by a rare butterfly, only to have her discovery derailed by her maid’s newborn son’s disappearance.