Happy Labor Day! Here are a few books I’ve read that I want to tell you about. 

FRIENDSHIP: A Novel (Touchstone) Emily Gould.
Emily Gould, is probably best known for her website, where she brings great overlooked books by women authors back to life! You must check it out! Her debut novel FRIENDSHIP is about two young women, Amy and Bev living and trying to make it in NYC. GOOD LUCK, Ladies! Readers are taken through the highs and lows, it’s honest, funny and has a fulfilling ending.


I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Courtney Maum.
I read this novel and because it was on so many MUST READ lists I thought something was wrong with me because I didn’t find it funny. Maybe you will, but I didn’t. I read the whole thing and I believe Richard Haddon is a drip and his super successful lawyer wife, Anne Laure is a Saint and God bless her for taking care of their daughter. If you’ve read it and have had a different experience, please feel free to share your experience in my comments area. Maybe I missed something.


THE DAYS of ABANDONMENT (Europa editions) Elena Ferrante.
Italian novelist, Elena Ferrante writes the most brilliant prose about friendship between women. In THE DAYS of ABANDONMENT she captures the truth without judgment in the midst of emotional turmoil and obsession. Europa recently released a trilogy of Ferrante’s novels, which fans have been waiting to be translated. Ann Goldstein from the New Yorker translates from the Italian.



THE BLONDE (Weinstein Books) Anna Godbersen.
This novel will take everything you think you know about Marilyn Monroe and throw it out the window. THE BLONDE creates an extraordinarily, vivid, ruthless novel that will leave you shocked and rethinking the life of Norma Jean. A must for Marilyn fans!


SHOTGUN LOVESONGS (Thomas Dunne Books) Nickolas Butler.
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS got a lot of buzz when it was published earlier this year. It’s the debut novel by Nickolas Butler who graduated from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. It’s about four guys who grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and go off on their own. They come back as grown men for a wedding. It’s a moving novel that explores the whole guy thing. As a woman, I enjoyed getting to watch how these guys interacted together.


Reading’s going to be very exciting this fall. There are so many wonderful new books coming out. Lorna Landvik has a new hilarious novel called “Best to Laugh,” Jamie Kain releases “The Good Sister,” Elizabeth Bass delivers the yummy “Life is Sweet” and Australian writer, Carla Caruso offers “A Pretty Mess.” I could keep going on and on and on…  Best to check back! Happy September! Cindy xo

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