These New Books Feature Rhode Island in All Its Glory

Check out reads by Nicole Macaulay, Robert Curley, G. Wayne Miller, Lisa Taddeo, David Norton Stone and Edward J. Delaney.

Honeymoon Alone
By Nicole Macaulay
This Rhode Island-based mother of four wrote a novel about a woman ditched by her date — for her twenty-three-year-old cousin, no less — at her sister’s ’80s-inspired wedding and decides to take the wedding psychic’s advice to follow fate to find love. It leads her to London, where she confronts the unfairness of societal pressures to nab a husband all while realizing that fate can also prevent us from finding our happily ever after.

100 Things to Do in Rhode Island Before You Die
By Robert Curley
The guidebook is a fun and quirky take on all the must-dos in Rhode Island. There are experiences in here that every local has to try at least once, such as day tripping to Block Island, partying like a yachty at the Clarke Cooke House’s Boom Boom Room, walking along Newport’s Cliff Walk and feasting on Rhode Island’s famous specialties like Del’s Lemonade (no straw, of course), a coffee cabinet, bakery pizza and more.

Lost Restaurants of Providence
By David Norton Stone
Some of Providence’s most famous restaurants have come and gone, but the memories (and photographs) remain. Thankfully, author David Norton Stone takes us on a journey of restaurants past where you can still smell the fresh coffee brewed every twenty minutes at the Silver Top Diner and hot butter cakes flipped in the window at Childs. The book details how Providence was already a food city long before all the national press declared it so.

Three Women
By Lisa Taddeo
This book features the stories of three ordinary American women, one based in Newport, who come to terms with their own sexuality and female desire. Over several years of reporting, Taddeo details the real-life story of a Newport restaurateur whose husband manipulated her into sexual relationships outside of their marriage. The book makes us think about female desire and the imbalance of power along gender lines.

Kid Number One: Alan Hassenfeld and Hasbro
By G. Wayne Miller
This book, written by Providence Journal reporter G. Wayne Miller, tells the story of how “Kid Number One,” Alan Hassenfeld, suddenly became chairman and CEO of Pawtucket-based Hasbro after his brother, Stephen, tragically died from AIDS. The toy company was founded by Hassenfeld’s immigrant grandfather and great-uncle, who escaped religious persecution in Eastern Europe in 1903 and went on to create the world-famous toy company that Hassenfeld helped take to greater heights.

The Big Impossible
By Edward J. Delaney
This book of short fiction challenges our human existence with sublime stories about people exploring feelings of “guilt and redemption, aspiration and failure.” One subject revisits the past through a Google street view of his childhood home, where he confronts his insecure upbringing after reinventing himself. Another story gets inside the inner workings of the mind of a school shooter. Another tells the story of a 1960s family navigating tumultuous times in America and in the home. The prose is spellbinding and real, as if Delaney possesses each subject for just enough time to write down their life story.