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must reads: october’s fiction list

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now that the weather has cooled off, chances are you’ll be looking for a few books to curl up with this month.  so i thought i’d update you on a few of my favorites from the massive pile of books i’ve made it through over the last few weeks.

the heart of the matter (emily giffin):  i’ve always loved emily giffin’s books…i think she and i are just on similar life paths.  when she wrote about weddings, i was in the middle of mine.  baby drama (or at least other people’s baby drama)?  check.  and her latest book is about a couple who’s been married for a few years, settled into their lives, and then everything changes.  okay, so that last part isn’t exactly right.  but i still loved reading about women at a similar place in their lives, going through things i can imagine going through, and seeing how they handle it.  it’s a great read, and i think giffin is one of the best chick lit writers out there.

the cookbook collector (allegra goodman): this one took me a long time to fall into…but about 150 pages in, the author finally hooked me, and i flew through the rest.  it’s the story of a pair of sisters and the way they each navigate very different lives, intertwined with some pre- and post-9/11 fallout and an interesting side story about, shockingly, a cookbook collector.  it is well written, though i felt like the author was trying a little too hard sometimes.  so, not as high on my list as it was on some others (this was *the* fall book to read according to several different magazines), but it was a good read.

the great man (kate christensen):  i actually picked this book up over a year ago, and it’s been languishing on my bookshelf ever since.  but now that i’ve finished it, i can’t believe it took me so long.  it’s the story of a (fictional) famous painter who’s died, and the stories the women in his life have to tell about him.  it’s beautifully written, and the character development is absolutely perfect.  if you’re into character dramas, this is one of the best i’ve read in a while.

next, i’m still working through barbara kingsolver’s latest, the lacuna, a new title from julia glass, who i love, and a whole pile of anne lamott books i can’t wait to dive into.

what have you been reading lately?

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must reads: my summer reading list

i’ve been promising you all a summer reading list for much too long.  the truth is that, since it’s just me, a girl can only read so many books over a summer and still get her shopping done!  but i do look forward to these long summer days…or, more to the point, long summer evenings in which i can sit on my front porch and read until 9, since there’s nothing but ‘mad men’ in the tivo the weather’s so lovely.

and so, a few books i’ve read and (mostly) loved so far this summer:

i wasn’t sure about the chelsea handler book, because my taste in humor books can be odd (see sloane crosley, below) but it ended up being hysterical, if only because i think she and i may have grown up in the same house.  if you ever coveted a cabbage patch doll, there’s a story in there for you that makes the whole book worthwhile.  it’s also a crazy fast read…i think it took me about three outings to peets to finish this one.  perfect for planes, trains and automobiles alike.

anne lamott could write out her grocery list and publish it, and i’d buy it.  her writing style is perpetually full of hope, wisdom, truth and humor, no matter how dire a circumstance.  i always come away from her books feeling a little bit better about life, and maybe even a little bit smarter.  this particular title is about a family dealing with a teenage daughter’s “recreational” bad habits – not a topic i’d expect to be excited by, but i loved it, and was sorry to see it end.  if you’re into smart fiction, this is the writer for you.

sloane crosley…oh, i want so badly to like her.  she reminds me a lot of david sedaris (who i also wish i liked).  her travel tales are great, but they’re not as uproariously funny as i’d expect from a book with a bear on the cover.  but i have a feeling if you like david sedaris, you’ll fall head over heels for sloane crosley.  in which case, you’ll also want to pick up her first book, i was told there’d be cake.

and in case you’re curious about what’s left on my list for the summer, a few titles i can’t wait to start:

barbara kingsolver’s new book, “the lacuna”, which just came out in paperback. i haven’t heard much about this title, but i have yet to read a kingsolver book i didn’t love.  i’m also looking forward to reading “the cookbook collector” by allegra goodman – it’s gotten such amazing press, i can’t wait to see if it’s as good as it sounds.  and, because i’ll need something easy and light after those two reads, i’m planning to sneak in emily giffin’s newest, “the heart of the matter” between the other two titles.

what are you reading this summer?

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