I've just started Why Women Read Fiction
, by Helen Taylor (Oxford University Press, 2019), but it's already intriguing and validating. ...
She writes about historic attitudes toward women's reading fiction, including the fear that literature would cause "excitement, indulgence, the problem of women negelecting their duties." On top of those horrors, fiction was considered corrupting for women, "'literary opium,'" which actually sounds like a good thing.
The fourth book in T. Jefferson Parker's P.I. Roland Ford series,
Then She Vanished
, was fun, fun, fun—and oh so familiar so many ways.
It's scheduled for release on 11 August, 2020, by G.P. Putnam's Sons.