Bossy has written before about the neglected stack of New Yorker magazines that live next to her bed and threaten to kill her — either death by guilt, or they will fall on her.
At last count, Twenty-four neglected New Yorker issues plus the five issues since the last time Bossy looked — this hopeless predicament is what keeps Bossy from thinking about the books she’d like to read this summer.
In the old days which equals last year, Bossy would plow through a few books a week during the summer, drawing from a summer reading list she compiled with the help of friend recommendations, online research, and a revisitation of classics.
Bossy needs to compile a reading list for this summer, even though it’s been a year since Bossy picked up a meaningful book, and can summarize the plot of her most recent read this way:
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy the plot of a great book so she and her council can consider it for this summer? Please include the title of the book and the author, which does not count as part of the ten words.
And be sure to check back later today for the best summer reading list on the web.
Michele P saysJune 16, 2009 at 8:59 am
Corrupt police, racial tension, Babe Ruth in Boston, early 1900’s.
Dennis Lehane, The Given Day.
dgm saysJune 16, 2009 at 8:59 am
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
It reminds me of Bossy’s Family Tree segments–twist included.
Michele P saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:00 am
And I finally had to end my subscription to the New Yorker–overcome by guilt and unread gems of journalistic brilliance. Sigh.
Philly saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:07 am
Just recieved my 6 books from the book club, am really excited. If there is a murder in the first chapter, I’m hooked. Reading Mary Higgins Clark new book.
Have the T-shirt saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:10 am
The Spellman Files (and the two follow up books) by Lisa Lutz
Quirky PI family doing shit that will have you in stitches.
Sorry that required Eleven words…I AM a rule breaker from way back!
Debby saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:16 am
Slightly futuristic female cop series mysteries, some steamy moments – Good!
JD Robb (series “_____ in Death”) – I think there are 29, that will fill up a summer!
Marjorie of Connecticut saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:17 am
“Still Life” by Louise Penny (1st in a series of 5 thus far)
Perfect Canadian village. Except people die. Beautifully crafted mystery. Remarkable.
Chookooloonks saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:23 am
Southern town, falsely accused, ghostly neighbour, three little kids, Atticus.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. My favourite book of all time.
SueBoo saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:25 am
Hal Coben Hold Tight
Just started it, can’t put it down, gripped by suspense!!
leslie saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:30 am
“The Pact” by Jodi Picoult.
Two families-their teenage children-Murder/suicide–or IS IT?
Marjorie of Connecticut saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:32 am
“Folly” by Laurie R. King (one of her stand-alones)
Troubled woman alone on small island rebuilds family house. Intrigue!!
Leslie saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:37 am
“The Pleasure of My Company” Steve Martin
Daniel Pecan Cambridge is lovable and just a little nuts.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:43 am
Three generations track Dracula through Europe. Engrossing suspense, drama, folklore.
KM saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:50 am
convent girl, broke, handsome duke, war, moral and religious dilemnas
Katherine, Anne Seton (good very light Summertime reading)
Book police, Eyre disappears, Fiction detectives, caper, author delightfully bats
The Eyre Affair; Jasper FForde (I think you would adore his work)
amy saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:55 am
Specially bred dogs trained on midwest farm by mute boy.
Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewskij. Can’t do it justice in 10 words; beautifully written, intriguing, lots of mystery and characters and plot points are woven together. DO NOT READ THE JACKET COVER, it takes away from the book!
Lora saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:59 am
Girl grows into adult, overcomes her troubled past. You’ll cry.
She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
zidia saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:59 am
Why not just settle for a 5 foot pile of New York Review of Books(also ready to fall on me).
Golden saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:03 am
Those weekly mags will certainly be the death of you.
Jamie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:05 am
crazy mad engrossing bizarre tale of Domican culture in america
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
Jamie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:06 am
American nature at its best, told by songstress of words
(A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard)
Jenny saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:07 am
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris. Not a novel, but laugh-out-loud good times.
Anything by Ian McEwen; start with On Brighton Beach.
Amber Star saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:08 am
I just finished The Berrybender series by Larry McMurty. It is a little different take on settling the west. The first book was a little slow, but after that I did not want to put them down at all.
Thanks for doing this…I have a list for summer/fall/winter/spring reading.
I have Martha Stewart magazines and Better Homes and Garden ones piling up, but whatever. Eventually I’ll take them to my doctors office…he has the weirdest assortment of magazines. He needs something like these.
Sorry..I can’t even remember the 10 words to write the sentence.
hollygee saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:09 am
Filming in hot small town, hawt mayor with pool table.
Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie
Jamie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:09 am
romantic time-traveling often violent drama that will rope you in
(Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon – admittedly, more of a beach read)
confused saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:09 am
Middlesex By Jeffrey Eugenides
Family saga, Greek village, American history, hermaphrodite, coming of age
Owengirl79 saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:11 am
An engaging, non-preachy parable about perspective…hard to put down.
The Noticer by Andy Andrews
heather saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:12 am
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood– Booker Price Winner!!
Novel in a novel with heartbreaking romance and sisters.
Jamie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:12 am
sad hilarious engrossing funny genius memorable – just like he was
(The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts, by Tom Farley Jr and Tanner Colby)
vuboq saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:15 am
“Deep Economy” by Bill McKibben.
Economics isn’t usually fun summer reading. McKibben makes it interesting.
Meredith saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:19 am
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Young man runs away with the circus. You’ll LOVE it.
Rae saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:25 am
Freddy and Fredericka, by Mark Helprin -amazing!
Royalty dropped from a plane as punishment. Must conquer America.
elizabeth saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:27 am
family love and loyalty, promises to god, revenge and tequila
gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Heide saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:32 am
Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.
Jewish settlement in Alaska about to be dissolved. Subplots abound.
Lauren saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:40 am
Father and son walk for days in post-apocalypse America.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Stephanie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:41 am
Flying children, lots of fighting, short chapters, and loyalty to friends. (When the Wind Blows and The Lake House by James Patterson). I went over.
Leslie B saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:43 am
Boy learns about manhood in colorful family pub in Manhasset: memoir
Tender Bar by JR Moehringer
Michelle saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:43 am
quirky hippie parents raise four kids across america true story
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Domestic Goddess saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:45 am
I’m a firm believer in the classics. Please Read Them.
-The Bronte Sisters
and anything written before the 1930s.
Leslie B saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:46 am
Okay…I have another:
WWII extremely literate Guernsey Islanders correspond to tell beautiful story during occupation
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Maryjo saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:46 am
Audrey Niffenegger/The Time Traveler’s Wife
The effects of time travel on passionate love. Very sexy.
Debbie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:48 am
Lyrical, mesmerizing, nostaligic, visual. Quite simply a memorable, wandering read.
American Childhood by Annie Dillard
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:51 am
DON”T read #15. 450 pages good, last 100 suck. Grrrr.
Debbie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:52 am
Strong, red-haired, kilt-wearing Scottish MAN. Time-travelled 20th-century woman. Sparks fly!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve never read such a big book so fast.
Marnie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:54 am
Woman in Africa, in love, dedicated to conservation, murdered while protecting.
Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa
(It’s non-fiction; real life is often more interesting.)
Kate saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:55 am
American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
events unexpected to come from a presidents wife, amazing read
Alias Mother saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:08 am
For a change, reread favorites from childhood. Good times guaranteed.
Lance saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:16 am
Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Fear, religion extremes, abuse, repression – and how she rose above it all.
Renee in Seattle saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:17 am
Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follet. Your welcome.
David saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:21 am
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish – Dr. Seuss
Jean saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:22 am
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Two vampires love/want girl who faeries want to kill.
caro saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:24 am
Two sisters, one has cancer, one donates healthy cells–not.
(Read it before the movie comes out! My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult)
Skeller saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:45 am
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells: rags to riches memoir.
POD saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:48 am
No middle-aged fat ladies nearby. Sit close to exit. Listen.
The Survivor’s Club: The Secrets and Science that could save your life by Ben Sherwood
Fiona Picklebottom saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Beach Music by Pat Conroy:
Suicide, Italy, crazy relatives & friends, illness, sea turtles, coming home.
Tammy saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Unique perspective. Heartbreak, tragedy, family dynamics, female comraderie, reflection, forgiveness.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
p.s. I second Elizabeth’s (#32) suggestion for gods in Alabama.
Dharmamama saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm
Woman survives Rwanda with love and faith intact. MUST READ.
Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza http://www.lefttotell.com/book/index.php
kd saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm
“The Blind Side,” Michael Lewis.
Michael Oher: Homeless teen athlete. Rescued. College phenom. NFL bound.
Dharmamama saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Never too late to experience the magic, connection and mystery.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
zelzee saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm
You wouldn’t like. All I read about is serial killers.
methodpam saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Fool by Christopher Moore
Hilarious spin on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Moore’s books always rock.
Amanda saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Back story of Gone With the Wind, Rhett Butler style!
title: Rhett Butler’s People
author: Donald McCaig
Eileen saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Young girl brought to America as slave, returns to Africa
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
kay saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm
I’m here to collect titles, not donate. Kay = book whore.
Cass saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Old man reminisces about running away to join the circus.
Dr. Liz saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm
Pillars of the Earth (and World Without End). And definitely Outlander – LOVED this series – meticulously researched so the history is good but the plot and characters are just amazing!
Elle saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm
Find out why you’re here – not woowoo, not bible thumpy.
(Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch)
Reeb saysJune 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Is that New Yorker on top current? Not from 50’s?
Jenna saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm
16 year old Mennonite rebels against The Mouth of Darkness . . .
A Complicated Kindness, Miriam Toews
Jacquie saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm
Child’s innocence lost, tenacious optimism, Death (the character) is endearing
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
(please ignore #42 and read Edgar Sawtelle – it’s positively Shakespearian)
Donna saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Generations of Creole African-Americans through 18th/19th century Louisianna – engrossing!
Cane River by Latita Tademy
rockle saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm
Hilarious weirdness, atypical vampires, romance, sex, and frozen turkey bowling.
“Bloodsucking Fiends” by Christopher Moore.
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm
Autobiographical, memoirish metaphysical examination of education, life, growth, and legacy.
“Speak, Memory” by Vladimir Nabokov.
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm
South Africa, racial rebellion, master/servant tension, role reversals, loss.
“July’s People” by Nadine Gordimer
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Cross-generational epicof identity and family among Indian immigrants.
“The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm
The Kennedy Assasination and the American psyche through L.H.Osvald’s eyes.
“Libra,” Don DeLillo
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Disarray, confusion, silliness, comedy, and breakdown — 20th century war narrative.
“Catch-22,” by Joseph Heller
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Archie and Jughead find themselves accidentally signed up for Marines.
“Archie Comics Double Digest”
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Suburban Japan: husband’s longlost childhood love shakes up reality, perspective.
“South of the Border, West of the Sun,” by Haruki Murakami.
Amelia saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Hilarious blogger remembers her high school days – non-stop laughs.
Pretty In Plaid – Jennifer Lancaster
(P.S. READ numbers 37 and 52 (same book) – Ah-may-zing!)
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Family and friends search for stasis, orientation through socio-temporal upheaval.
“To the Lighthouse,” Viginia Woolf
The Great Getzby saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Last three pages of story = best three pages in fiction.
“The Dead,” by James Joyce, from “The Dubliners.”
sara saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Revolutionaries capture guests at upscale event, until the tables turn.
KimA saysJune 16, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Life of women in Afghanistan and the daily grind thereof.
–Bookseller of Kabul (can’t remember author but very good read!)
Dee saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Hysterically funny girl bondsman, her outrageous friends and sexy men.
Any Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evonovich – One for the Money up through Finger Lilckin’ 15 (maybe more? The grandmother is a riot!
Liz in Virginia saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:02 pm
Brilliant, fragile woman forced back home. Funny, tragic, romantic, fierce.
The Solace of Leaving Early, by Haven Kimmel
Jacquie saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm
I would LOVE to have these recommendations in one document!
Jen saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Time Traveler’s Wife
By Audrey NIffeneger
Time travel disorder means boy meets girl over and over.
Great read, sweet, gritty and a little punk rock.
bechtoldlifework saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Egotistical writer. Supportive wife. Stunning twist at the end. Fascinating!
The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer
deedle saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:27 pm
Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel)
Retired curmudgeon schoolteacher touches the lives of many, finds love.
Franca Bollo saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
Based on true story of Eyam, “Plague Village,” England 1666.
Surcie saysJune 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Female book editor. NYC. Unlucky in love. Cooks. Shares recipes.
“I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” (Non-fiction)
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy saysJune 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm
30, 32, 40 and 43 have taken my suggestions . Those are excellent choices! I agree with 86, a comprehensive list would be awesome! I’ll be back when I think of something else.
BirdBrain saysJune 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Wacko preacher takes family and cake mix on African mission.
Actually anything by Barbara Kingsolver is fabulous.
Sara saysJune 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Love, Fate, Destiny through the ages. You will weep uncontrollably.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Hilarious, poignant, unforgettable characters. I’ve read it again and again.
Owen Meany by John Irving
Debbie saysJune 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm
girl priest secret love outback australia saga oldy but goody
deborah saysJune 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm
One room school house, whistling housekeepers, beautifully written! The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, & anything by James Lee Burke
Suburban Turmoil saysJune 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Maddeningly dull, yet you can’t put the damn thing down.
War & Peace, Leo Tolsoy
sugarpie saysJune 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm
With Bold Knife and Fork; M. F. K. Fisher
A lifetime of her personal food history. Impeccable writing style.
bossys mom saysJune 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm
i agree with Getzby on: “Speak, Memory” ” To the Lighthouse” ” Libra” and “The Dead” (see movie) and with 48, 47, and 41.
I recommend “Interpreter of maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
JC saysJune 16, 2009 at 5:03 pm
American fails to climb K2, builds schools in Afganistan instead.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (winner of the Kiriyama Prize)
Laurellee saysJune 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm
Adam and Eve, Caine and Abel, respun in early 1900s.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Cupcake Murphy saysJune 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm
Heart bursting open hilariously profound depiction of a dysfunctional family.
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Cupcake Murphy saysJune 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Every story he writes—like looking at the Grand Canyon.
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
(**you have to read On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning)
Allie saysJune 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Yes, Yes # 24 and 43! A must read! You will never look at your mate the same way again. Oh Jamie…
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
lianne saysJune 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm
“The Memory of Running” Ron McLarty
coddled son loses parents, gains life,via cross country bike trip. Read it- beautifully written and instills hope and wonder in the reader.
“The Sound of Butterflies” Rachel King
Amazon 1900’s, naturalist in search of rare species, intriguing, sensual,mysterious.
Definitely a page-turner, despite subject.
Elizabeth saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm
James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series:
Cop, lawyer, journalist, medical examiner solve crimes. Start at beginning.
or Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series:
Female bounty hunter finds bad guys, hilarious, suspenseful, sexy fun.
Chris saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:32 pm
77 – Archie and Jughead rule
106 – Grandma Mazur Rocks!
Catherine McP saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm
New Orleans classics cookbook series: gumbos & soups, seafood, appretizers, desserts.
4 cookbooks by Kit Wohl I’m hooked. I also didnt count the “&” because I always somehow have to cheat on this.
Catherine McP saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm
Apparently I cant spell appetizer.
Abbey saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm
I second #102! The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.
Also, Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Story of a young boy who lost his father 9/11.
delilah saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm
Perfect man in kilt does manly things with time-traveling wife.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
sugarpie saysJune 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm
ditto: Speak Memory & To the Lighthouse. ConfederacyofDunces if you havent..
Kait saysJune 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm
Be careful with 69 – I started it shortly before bed and had to stay up for six hours to finish it.
That sentence is so unintentionally dirty.
Holocaust from German perspective, mother’s right to secrets – you’ll cry. Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us
Suburban Kamikaze saysJune 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm
I couldn’t put down this fascinating book about absolutely nothing…
“Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea” by Charles Seife
Marinka saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
Pride and Prejudice. England overrun by zombies.
amanda saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm
talking black cat accompanies devil to wreak havoc in moscow
the master and margarita, mikhail bulgakov
Maria saysJune 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Auntie Mame is a 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis that chronicles the madcap adventures of a boy, Patrick, growing up as the ward of his deceased father’s eccentric sister, Mame Dennis.
I think this flamboyant novel of a woman who changes persona’s as fast as she does costumes would be write up bossy’s alley.
Yes, that’ more than 10. Will I be barred from commenting?
Carrie saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm
My Life In France by Julia Child
A woman full of passion for food, learning and life
lissa lou saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Amazing characters in Dakotas, Peace abounds, but plot turns on murder.
Andrea saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
WWII-era married nurse time-travels, weds 18th-century Scotsman… much adventure together.
[I’m repeating only because I think EVERYONE should read it]
Jen saysJune 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm
Stephanie Plum series or anything by Janet Evanovich:
Funny, Sassy, Hot men, what else do you need?
“The Lovely Bones” can’t think of author
girl dies, family deals, you’ll cry.
Ren saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Love, passion, art, scandal, discovering life yet hurting others, gasp
Ellie saysJune 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm
A boy. A dog. An unsuspecting mother. A conniving uncle. Hamlet!
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
Beth saysJune 17, 2009 at 12:36 am
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
(one word for sale)
Beth saysJune 17, 2009 at 12:38 am
Jaded socialites, delusions of sexual autonomy, idiotic men, tableaux vivants.
Edith Wharton, House of Mirth.
Beth saysJune 17, 2009 at 12:39 am
Grim rewriting of King Lear, mesmerizing, farm family utterly disintegrates.
Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres
Beth saysJune 17, 2009 at 12:40 am
Astonishing prose, compelling female characters, you can even smell the lake.
Marilynn Robinson, Housekeeping
(I bought my word back)
ErinH saysJune 17, 2009 at 1:51 am
The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews (say a big YES to #68)
Disfunctional family take wild road trip. Laughter, heartache, and redemption.
(two for Tuesday, you say?)
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
Because it’s so rich and beautiful, transported me to India.
Cinthia saysJune 17, 2009 at 3:07 am
I second “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”: A classic love story + zombie killing heroine, seamlessly intertwined.
Any of the “Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” books by Alexander McCall Smith: Plucky lady Detective with a knack for solving Botswanian mysteries.
I love biographies, so Patty Boyd’s “Wonderful Tonight”: Patty marries George Harrison, then leaves him for Eric Clapton.
martha saysJune 17, 2009 at 6:58 am
Glamour by Louise Bagshawe
3 women riches to rags to riches – love sex money.
Also good by Louise Bagshawe
Yes another rich to rags to riches story= fast read!
Sven saysJune 17, 2009 at 8:31 am
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy.
Russian epic about slightly mad adulteress. Goes on and on.
Dharmamama saysJune 17, 2009 at 10:54 am
Grandma who? Read Evanovich for Ranger, Ranger, hot steamy Ranger. (#84 & 107)
Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich – start with One for the Money
Melissa Huley saysJune 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm
classic that a readable, well-written, suck-you-in mystery
Melissa Huley saysJune 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm
whoops- that’s Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
deborah saysJune 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm
Ooh, ooh! Any mystery by Ian Rankin (especially Resurrection Men)
judy saysJune 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Funny, sarcastic, witty life stories that make you laugh out loud. Sound familiar?
“Naked.” David Sedaris
Theresa saysJune 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm
Appalachia, growing up, heartbreak, toiling, dreams, hard times, love, death.
Fair and Tender Ladies – Lee Smith
Appalachia, ghosts, murder, history, the Trail, love, loss, loyalty, memories.
She Walks These Hills – Sharyn McCrumb
Jen saysJune 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm
laugh out loud real life stories
judy saysJune 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm
Revising the title to #136 – Start with “When You are Engulfed in Flames” – David Sedaris. His best so far and I’ve read them all. Twice.
Teachermama saysJune 18, 2009 at 12:56 am
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Smart lady forgets, gets lost, has Alzheimers. Family grieves, copes.
Susanne Hill saysJune 18, 2009 at 8:54 am
Where is Joe Merchant? by Jimmy Buffett (excellent beach read)
pilot journeying around world to find missing brother of girlfriend….
Em saysJune 18, 2009 at 10:06 am
Ted and Molly In the Afterlife by Richard Grant
Two aging hippies die & story begins. Experimental, well-written, mythic, uplifting.
Memory and Dream by Charles DeLint
Urban fantasy about the meaning of art, love & personal history.
I’ll also chime in for Timetraveler’s Wife. If you’ve not yet read it, it’s lovely.
em saysJune 18, 2009 at 10:07 am
Ack. It’s Tex and Molly In the Afterlife. No idea who Ted is. Sorry about that.
Well Read Hostess saysJune 18, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Sex Lives of Cannibals by Martin Van Troost.
Do you really need more after that title?
Ranger saysJune 18, 2009 at 7:59 pm
Precious Ramotswe loves Botswana’s traditional people, detecting, red bush tea..
“The Number One Ladies Detective Agency” first book in a series by Alexander McCall Smith. Devoured them all and waiting for the next to be delivered.
Gette saysJune 19, 2009 at 9:27 am
This guy has ideas that may assist your reading quest:
kirsten saysJune 19, 2009 at 10:08 am
she’s come undone by wally lamb
A fat girl pretends to find herself…then really does.
puddle splash saysJune 20, 2009 at 12:03 am
Non-fiction. Man survives plane crash and revisits 30 years later.
“Down Around Midnight” by Robert Sabbag
Helen saysJune 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm
“Dog Years” by Mark Doty
Poet’s memoir about his dogs. Exquisitely written and very moving.
heyjoe saysJune 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm
Anything by Larry Brown or Richard Russo. Both kick ass.
Ruth saysJune 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm
Jan Karon – All of the Mitford books – more than a summers read.