I'd like to get a list together of some of our favorite books of the year and I need your help. Please email me with the titles of 1-3 of your favorite books of 2012 along with a brief (1-4 sentences) review/synopsis/reason why you loved it. Your review could even be like, "If you loved [...]
This month we read Wild, the new memoir written by fellow advice columnist, Cheryl Strayed (she's "Dear Sugar" from The Rumpus, for those who don't know), and I loved it. In fact, I finished it in one week, which is about three weeks faster than all the other books we've read this year. As much [...]
September's book club selection, Jonathan Tropper's brand new novel, One Last Think Before I Go, is available today. We read another of Tropper's novels, This is Where I Leave You, earlier this year and it was universally loved it. Here's the description for his new book, published today: You don’t have to look very hard [...]
Thank you to whoever recommended this novel for our book club. It was exactly the kind of read I'd been craving — well-written, suspenseful, engaging characters, and a historical context for good measure. For those who haven't read it and plan to, you should probably stop reading this post now... OK, so those of you [...]
I am so enjoying "Shanghai Girls," this month's DW book club selection, and I am excited to discuss it next week. Since "Wild," the new memoir by fellow advice columnist, Cheryl Strayed (she's "Dear Sugar" from The Rumpus, for those who don't know), was a close second in our vote for July's pick, I thought [...]
This was my second time reading Truth and Beauty, having read it in one sitting years ago on the train from Manhattan to Vermont, and I have to say, I found Lucy and Ann much less likable in this second reading of the book. Lucy's self-obsession gets really annoying around page 50 or so, and [...]
The votes are in and the book you all have selected for our book club selection next month is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. You can buy the paperback version here and the Kindle version here.
Thank you for your book club suggestions. I chose a few that sounded like a good fit for us, plus one I've been wanting to read for a while (Joan Didion's Blue Nights), and have four books for us to vote on for July's book club selection. Here are links to each choice and a [...]
This month we are reading Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty. What should we read next month? I have a few idea, but am open to suggestions. Whaddaya got?
I did not love Fifty Shades of Grey. In fact, I disliked it so much, I didn't finish it. But I know a lot of people greatly enjoy this series — including my friend who loaned me her copy of the book — so rather than rain all over their parade (again), I'm going to [...]
Next week we'll discuss Fifty Shades of Grey (get ready to "flush"), but in the mean time you can pick up a copy of June's book club selection, which is a memoir by Ann Patchett called Truth & Beauty: A Friendship. I read this book a few years ago and absolutely loved it, finishing it in [...]
As I mentioned before, this was my second reading of This is Where I Leave You. Luckily, I didn't completely remember the ending, so — spoiler alert! — I kept wondering if Judd was going to end up back together with Jen or pursue Penny or what. Of course, we don't know the answer to [...]
I hope those of you who are reading April's book club selection, This is Where I Leave You, are enjoying the novel. I'm reading it for the second time and loving it still. We'll discuss it next week when I get back from Austin (I hope to use travel time to finish it up and [...]
At the end of the month, we'll discuss the March DearWendy book club selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but in the meantime you can make your purchases or place your library holds on April's selection — *drum roll, please* — This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. I stumbled upon TIWILY [...]