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Staff Picks: Our Rainy Weather Reading List

It’s been a particularly stormy season in Florida, so we asked some of the Oxford Exchange staff what books they’re cozying up with when the weather is keeping them indoors – because, what better way is there to cure your rainy day blues?

Laura’s Pick | Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum 

Our bookstore manager, Laura, hopes to read the newly highly acclaimed Hausfrau published this Spring Likened to The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this novel follows a married woman living in Switzerland who looks for something beyond the normal surface of her seemingly perfect life.  Rife with infidelity and moralistic indecisions, the protagonist faces an uphill battle to clean up some the pieces of her new, secretive life. 

Tracy’s Pick | This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 

Tracy, Oxford Exchange Book Club leader, is looking to read Ann Patchett’s latest.  Leaning on the side of non-fiction, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage provides an interesting blend of memoir and essay.  From depictions of her marriages to the everyday struggles of being a writer, Patchett spans a multitude of topics with the same skill she’s known for in her novels. 

Ashley’s Pick | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Fresh off winning the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Doerr’s second novel, All the Light We Cannot See, will surely be on most reading lists this summer. Set in WWII, this historical novel follows the convergent paths of a blind French girl and a German boy.  Although the story is set against the backdrop of the war, this novel doesn’t prove to be a usual war novel, rather a gorgeously written of story of two characters’ struggle for survival. 

Jade’s Pick | At Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen 

Author of the prolific Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen once again displays her talent with her latest release.  At Water’s Edge follows the story of a disgraced, high society couple around the time of WWII.  Cast away to the Scottish Highlands, in search of the fabled Loch Ness monster, husband and wife must reconciled their ragged lives as the iniquity of the war grows ever closer. 

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