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Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is the first book I’ve read that was written as an accompaniment to the YouTube video series.     Writing that made me feel old.     So it’s hard for me to resist any update or play on one of my favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice.  And I am guessing that the […]

Who Do You Love

SO boring.  Rachel and Andy meet in the hospital.  Their lives cross over and over.  They are each other’s first and greatest loves.  Except this book is so boring and sophomoric and has so many gaps and questions that you really do not care. Wow.  I don’t know why I tried to read this.  I […]

To Be Sung Underwater

Judith Whitman falls for Willy Blunt as a teenager in Nebraska but abandons him to her already-set life plan:  college and beyond.  When she suspects her husband Malcolm’s infidelity, she begins to daydream of Willy and what could have been.  McNeal’s writing is evocative and beautiful and he oddly captures the electric draw of first […]

One Plus One

Fluffy, fun romance novel about Jess Thomas and her two kids, oddball stepson Nicky and math prodigy daughter Tanzie.  Jess’s husband left them all 2 years ago and she’s barely made ends meet cleaning houses when Tanzie is offered a full scholarship to a prestigious school to study “maths,” that darling little British word for […]

What Comes Next and How to Like It

I’d never heard of Abigail Thomas.  Anne Patchett says if I’m going to read just one book this year make it this one.  And Anne Lamott says it may be the most honest book she’s ever read by one of the most beautiful writers she knows.   Thank God I never have to Pick Just One.  […]

Now I See You

Nicole Kear’s memoir of receiving a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa and the ensuing 10 years where she ignores and hides the prospect of inevitable blindness or Lights Out, as she calls it.  Her attitude and humor reminded me of Nicole.