November is a great month for book releases. With the holidays just around the corner, publishers like to release books just in time to make your festive wish list. This month’s selection is a mix of favourite fiction, a well-known chef’s new offering, and an Olympian’s biography.
Jessica Ennis: Unbelievable by Jessica Ennis
I’m not the only person to be inspired by Olympian Jessica Ennis’ story. She not only captivated a nation, but also the whole world this summer by winning gold in the heptathlon event. There has been much discussion and speculation about Jessica’s rise to fame and struggles; this book gives her chance to set the record straight. As the golden girl of London 2012, Jessica’s biography is sure to provide a riveting story of perseverance and glory.
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
Even before her untimely passing, I always believed that Maeve Binchy would go down in history as a truly great writer. A Week In Winter is sure to satisfy even her most devoted readers. The novel takes place in the beachside community of Stoneybridge. Stoneybridge is home to hotel that serves as a winter retreat for many of the novels eclectic cast of characters. There is something incredibly comforting and cosy about a Maeve Binchy novel.
The Holiday by Jane Green & Friends
The first Jane Green novel I ever read was Jemima J. I became an instant fan of her work. Just in time for the holiday season, The Holiday tells the tale of Sarah, a wife and mother whose recent move from the city to the country has left her questioning marriage. When Sarah’s husband Eddie leaves for a business trip she takes it as the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate things. It might be a guilty pleasure, but I love reading holiday-themed books during the Christmas season and I can’t wait to read this one.
Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller is a world-renowned chef and owner of the famous French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, California. For years, foodies have travelled from all around the world to visit Thomas’ other endeavour, The Bouchon Bakery. I first visited The Bouchon Bakery while in New York City a couple of years ago and it soon became obvious why it is considered one of the best bakeries in the United States. This cookbook is chock-full of delicious treats, including The Bouchon Bakery’s world famous “oreos” and French classics such as macaroons. It’s already on my Christmas wish list!