Page Turners

The well-read women of {pages} a bookstore in Manhattan Beach share their favorite reads for the fall and winter season.


Linda McLoughlin Figel recommends: 

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

“The little known but very inspiring and satisfying story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. In so doing, these boys transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from Eastern and British universities—and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. This is a truly American tale and so very well told. My favorite non-fiction read since Unbroken, and Louis Zamperini even has a cameo!”


Patti Gibson recommends: 

After Her by Joyce Maynard

“Teenage sisters Rachel and Patty live in a suburban neighborhood in Marin County where, in an adjacent canyon, young women are turning up murdered. The girls’ father is the detective on the case. After 12 murders the case is still unsolved, and he is taken off the case. They decide to try and help by setting themselves up as bait to catch the serial killer. This is a great sister story, full of suspense and red herrings that keep you guessing until the very end.”


Margot Farris recommends:

A House In the Sky by Amanda LindHout and Sara Corbett

“This memoir tells the recent story of Amanda Lindhout, Canadian world traveler-turned-reporter who visits Somalia and is held for ransom for more than 400 days with her co-traveler/ex-lover, Nigel. Neither family has the means to pay, and Amanda is subjected to brutal conditions and abuse by her teenage abductors-turned-war criminals in the name of Allah. Kidnapping is big business in war-torn Somalia, and only someone as spiritually strong, courageous and optimistic as Amanda could live to tell the story.”