Joanne, a reader from Canada, wrote in with this request:I…
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey – Great book. A must-read for any hard working 30-something woman. A great mix of humor, advice and Liz Lemon-style antics. I’m sure you’ve already read it too!
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart – A classic mystery set at a summer rental mansion in New England. A bit hard to follow in places, but so fun. I’ve been going through her books on my Kindle.
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky – A bit rough at the start because the narrator is an unlikeable, abusive mother. But you get sucked in by the story and the excellent writing. I ended up a big fan.
Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney – As someone who loves oddball schemes while traveling, I liked her idea of rowing down the Nile. However, the trip itself ends up less interesting than the build up and the research on Victorian travelers in Egypt. Library book it.
Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace – One of those books that you know is brilliant and you enjoy in certain chapters – but is not an easy read. It would help to keep an index card with plot and character notes as a reminder while you go through.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – Somehow I never read this in school? Obviously, wonderful and a true classic. Turn-of-the-century Brooklyn seems so evenly balanced between despair and amazing fun.
Photo from the Examiner’s list of top beach books.