Spring Reads With Zoomer Appeal

Book recommendations Spring 2013

Turn off the television and mute the music. It’s time to relax old school. From multi-generational storylines to baby boomer romances, these novels and memoirs offer a decidedly grown-up charm.

Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach
From the author of the retiree romance The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes another compelling group. Russell (Buffy) Buffery has left London and moved to rural Wales – to a B&B inherited from an old flame. Needing to fill the beds, he comes up with a Courses for Divorces and finds business booming with singles feeling past their “sell-by dates.” (Chatto & Windus)

The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent by Denyse Beaulieu
It’s known that scent and memory are closely linked. As well as tracing the history of perfume in France, The Perfume Lover is a sensual journey of a woman’s life through scent. (Penguin)

The Juggler’s Children by Carolyn Abraham
Abraham search to make sense of her family background takes her around the globe armed with DNA kits. But science gives her more than she bargained for, including uncomfortable truths and moral quandaries. As she says, a “genetic journey has a way of bending the road in ways you might never imagine.” (Random House)

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Stout
The two brothers at the heart of Stout’s new novel are called home to Maine when their nephew needs rescuing from legal troubles after a bizarre prank. Returning to the landscape of their troubled childhood, old tensions resurface, fuelling the men’s mid-life strife. (Random House)

The Truth About Luck by Iain Reid
Twenty eight-year-old Iain Reid’s comical memoir of a five-day staycation with his 92-year-old grandmother, where she reveals details of her inspiring life, reflects on family connections, the passage of time and aging. (House of Anansi)