This week’s must-read books, Dec. 1

“Buying In” tackles the age-old question: How much is worth giving up to get ahead?

‘Buying In’ by Laura Hemphill

Fiction. Former Wall Street financier Laura Hemphill pens a riveting novel about what it takes to make it in the world of finance, particularly as a young woman competing with the boys. Fresh out of college, Sophie lands a job as a Wall Street analyst. She’s thrilled to break away from her small town and will do whatever it takes to succeed — even when it means never seeing her boyfriend, missing Thanksgiving with her family and not having time to make any new New York friends. Though the characters in the book are fictional, Hempill bases the story on the very real expectations she faced in the high stakes world of finance.


Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis are the masterminds behind the Nina Borg series.
Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis are the masterminds behind the Nina Borg series.

‘Death of a Nightingale’ by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Fris

Crime fiction. Best-selling Danish duo Kaaberbol and Friis are back with an action-packed thriller about a rescue worker trying to get to the bottom of a complicated murder case. Natasha is charged with killing her fiance, but escapes custody. Natasha’s first husband was also murdered and now, after this second murder, someone tries to kidnap her 8-year-old daughter. Natasha flees to a crisis center, where she gets to know a Red Cross nurse named Nina. Nina is on a mission to discover the truth. Is the woman she is helping, and her new friend, a cold-blooded killer? It’s a mystery that will keep you turning the pages.

Ever dream of running off to Paris? This author did.
Ever dream of running off to Paris? This author did.

‘Breathless: An American Girl in Paris’ by Nancy K. Miller

Memoir. If you come from a town where everyone settles down early and you’re off chasing big city dreams, you’ll definitely be able to relate to Nancy Miller, who grew up in the 1960s. Nancy grew up as an average middle-class American, but she did something no one she knew dared to do: move to Paris after she graduated college in 1961. It is there that she really comes of age, taking advantage of every adventure that presents itself. Nancy falls in love with another American expatriate, who promises her an exciting life of luxury. But shortly after they get married, she discovers he is lying about who he really is and she has to move back to America, heartbroken. Nancy’s misadventures make for an exciting read and just may inspire you to take risks in your own life.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

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