The starting book in this month's chain is one that I've certainly heard about, but I've not read (and probably won't) - The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.
The Tipping Point is about 'how little things can make a big difference' - certain behaviors or circumstances hit a threshold or 'tipping point' and then catch on like wildfire and spread. The author, Malcolm Gladwell, has been a writer for The New Yorker magazine for over 20 years.
Connecting to The New Yorker, Roz Chast, the author of the graphic novel Can't we talk about something more PLEASANT?, tells of her life while her parents were aging. It's about decisions and life and also death. I have read this book and think it's very good, very realistic, and certainly sad. Roz Chast has had her cartoons published in The New Yorker for years and years.
Also by an author named, Roz, the next connection is to Our Little Secret by Roz Nay. Recently published and also nominated for a 'Best First Crime Novel' award, this book is a psychological thriller. I haven't read it yet, but I plan to try it soon.
Another book with the word 'Secret' in the title, we have The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. I read this book a couple of years ago and loved it. I also reread it on audio with narrator Caroline Lee, who is wonderful.
Our next connection is another book that is narrated by the fabulous Caroline Lee on audio. It's The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I read this one with our mystery group and it was really well done. Set in both Cornwall and Australia, this is the author's 'hat tip' to The Secret Garden.
Erin Kelly's book He Said, She Said is also set in Cornwall. I've also read this book and was fascinated with the way this author told her story. It occurs during a festival to observe a total eclipse of the sun and something really bad happens. I read it last summer when another total eclipse took place.
Our last link for this month is another solar eclipse, which occurs in Elsa Hart's Jade Dragon Mountain. This mystery is set in 18th century China and Tibet and I have not read it as yet. It's on my list to try.
I always enjoy creating these chains and, as usual, mine are populated with a bunch of crime novels. What can I say? I love mysteries. We started with a non-fiction bestseller and ended with a mystery set in 18th century China. The connections were 'The New Yorker magazine', 'authors named Roz', 'Secret in the book title', 'audio narration by Caroline Lee', 'setting of Cornwall', and 'solar eclipses'. Plus, I've read over half the books. Not a bad track record. Next month, July 7th, I'll be on a blogging break, but I hope to be back with another chain in August.