Real Simple Readers Review the Best Books of 2014
What books are worth your time? Check out these reviews from our readers.
Beauty, by Frederick G. Dillen
Reviewer: Fayeruz Regan; age 37; freelance writer; Richmond, Virginia.
Fayeruz’s assessment: When Carol, nicknamed “Beast” by coworkers because of her tough demeanor, discovers that she will be fired by her mergers-and-acquisitions firm, she embarks on a mission to save a fish factory that she was originally ordered to shut down. Thanks to Dillen’s vivid imagery, I could practically smell the salty air and feel the chill of the bleak seaside factory town. Carol is able to find value and meaning in her new life—a far cry from her crazed corporate existence in New York City. This uplifting story reminded me that sudden changes in life, though unnerving, can produce beautiful results.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.