The Fortress
The Wonder
My Son Wears Heels

By Terri Schlichenmeyer 

Winter is coming, which is a perfect excuse for a curl-up-and-read day. But who needs an excuse to read these books?

The Fortress
Formerly of La Crosse, author Danielle Trussoni shares the story of her fairy-tale marriage in “The Fortress,” a kind of love story with a not-so-romantic twist. Trussoni was married to a man from Bulgaria, but when their young union began to crumble, the couple purchased an ancient fortress in the South of France in hopes that it might mend the marriage. Was the knight really in shiny armor? Read and find out …

The Wonder
In “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue, a young English nurse is dispatched to rural Ireland for what she believes is a complicated job. Instead, she’s been hired to catch a young girl at a scam—or is the girl for real? Set in the 1860s, “The Wonder” lives up to its name.

My Son Wears Heels
And finally, former Wisconsin author Julie Tarney writes of raising a nonconforming child in a square-peg world in “My Son Wears Heels.” As a small toddler, Tarney’s son told her that he wanted to be a girl, and she knew this was no idle little-kid talk. That little boy is now all grown up, and what happened in the between-years makes for a great curl-up-and-read kind of book. 

This winter I’m planning more than one day to curl up and read. How about you?