Friday Finds: The Irresistible Henry House

The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

It is the middle of the twentieth century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.

From his earliest days as a “practice baby” through his adult adventures in 1960s New York City, Disney’s Burbank studios, and the delirious world of the Beatles’ London, Henry remains handsome, charming, universally adored—and never entirely accessible to the many women he conquers but can never entirely trust.

Filled with unforgettable characters, settings, and action, The Irresistible Henry House portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-twentieth century even as it explores the inner tumult of a young man trying to transcend a damaged childhood. For it is not until Henry House comes face-to-face with the real truths of his past that he finds a chance for real love.

I saw this book mentioned somewhere (cannot remember where) and it struck me as such an odd story that I had to add it to my TBR list. It’s quite different than what I would normally pick up.

Sometimes, different is good.

By the way, when I was in high school I was in a play titled Irresistible Albert where all these women fall in love with plain-looking Albert. This book sort of made me think of that play.

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17 Responses

  1. Great pick! Looks really interesting. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  2. I discovered this book this week too thanks to Hubby’s Entertainment Weekly. Happy Friday Ti!!

  3. I’ve seen this book around too, and it looks like something I would like.

  4. I heard about this too, I think it might have been on Books on the Nightstand’s podcast … it definitely sounds interesting!

  5. This is in my stack to read – I’ve heard great things about it.

  6. yes, yes yes…me too on this one.

  7. I listened to a past podcast of Books On The Nightstand while on my walk this morning. They recommend this book!

  8. I just picked up The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty. I guess it was pretty popular before? I’d never heard of it though. Anyway, I found it at the $1 store, so quite a good deal!

    • I really liked The Memory of Running. I read it a long time ago for book group and my group liked it too. There was much to discuss.

  9. I have an ARC of The Irresistible Henry House from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers, but I haven’t gotten to it yet – it’s on deck for some time in the next few weeks, though. Let me know if you want it when I’m done!

  10. Ooh. I haven’t heard of this one. Interesting title. I am reading and gushing all over The Seasons of Second Chances.

  11. I think it sound interesting too. I thought it was going to be a weird sci fi book at first!

  12. This sounds like a truly unique story!

  13. I have heard his one mentioned before – I can’t remember where either. Sounds like a good find!

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