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- June 10, 2013
- Vol. 79
- No. 23
Picks and Pans: Books
My Favorite Beach Book
by Mary Kay Andrews
When wronged divorcées get together, watch out, world. A court-ordered therapy group is the site of the action in Andrews's zesty, amusing latest, which centers on a popular lifestyle blogger with a cheating ex and a flair for revenge.
by Curtis Sittenfeld
The author of Prep and American Wife returns with a story of twin sisters whose shared psychic gifts lead them to lives that couldn't be more different—until a looming earth- quake they both foresee changes everything.
WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
by Karen Joy Fowler
Inspired by a true story, Fowler's novel explores the effects on a scientist's human offspring when he decides to try raising a chimp as one of the family.
THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB
by Lily Koppel
The men catapulted into space in the 20th century were interesting, sort of. The women they left back on earth were fascinating, as diverse as their pilot and scientist husbands were alike. Here's a lively account of how the wives coped with fame, fear, loneliness, "cookies" (their husbands' occasional girlfriends) and eventual obscurity.
THE SILVER STAR
by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle author knows from messed-up moms. Her absorbing novel features a doozy whose daughters struggle to survive after she abandons them for dreams of a music career.
by Colum McCann
With Ireland at its center, this tale of interconnected individuals caught up in the tides of history spans 150 years and two continents. By the author of Let the Great World Spin.
THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.
by Adelle Waldman
Sometimes it's more complicated than "He's just not that into you." A delightful comedy of manners told from the point of view of one bookish Brooklyn hipster.
A HUNDRED SUMMERS
by Beatriz Williams
How did Nick Greenwald, the love of socialite Lily Dane's life, end up married to her former best friend Budgie? A tale of star-crossed passion and intrigue set in 1930s old-money Rhode Island.
by Carl Hiaasen
It's Florida and there's a severed arm in the freezer, but no, this isn't an episode of Dexter - it's another of Hiaasen's deliciously zany romps. Buckle up for the ride.
THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS
by Anton DiSclafani
A hushed-up family scandal has exiled 15-year-old Thea Atwell to an equestrienne boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not bad as exiles go, but Thea's Depression-era coming-of-age among the horsey debutantes proves anything but easy. A compelling debut.
by J. Courtney Sullivan
The bestselling author of Maine and Commencement opens her third novel with the tale of Frances Gerety, the real-life ad copywriter who coined "A diamond is forever" for De Beers. It's the perfect springboard for Sullivan's story, which follows four couples as they navigate the shifting terrain of love and marriage.
THE WIDOW WALTZ
by Sally Koslow
Pampered Manhattanite Georgia Waltz's world is upended when her beloved husband dies of a heart attack—not least because it turns out he's left her penniless. Can she and her grown daughters reinvent themselves? Koslow's wit and insights reinvigorate a familiar premise.
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OLIVIA MUNN: FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES
by Tom Robbins
"Robbins has a hilarious but smart writing style, and the lead character, Switters, is the sharpest and craziest character!"
JOEL EDGERTON: THE GREAT GATSBY
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"It's my fourth time reading it. I like revisiting passages, and l just love how Fitzgerald puts together language."
TAMRA BARNEY: SCREW IT, LET'S DO IT
by Richard Branson
"As an entrepreneur, this book was so interesting to read. Very inspirational. It's a perfect beach book because you can hardly put it down."
JUDY BLUME: GONE WITH THE WIND
by Margaret Mitchell
"When I was 16, I was a waitress at a summer camp. Gone with the Wind was being rereleased as a movie, and we hadn't read the book. We didn't have quite enough copies for the whole bunk of waitresses, so we had to divide them up and pass them around. What a wonderful summer that was."
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