As an English teacher I am constantly reading something whether it’s a student’s poorly written persuasive essay on why the legal drinking age should be lowered (sigh) or professional literary criticism on the ambiguity of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw.
When it comes to books, nine months out of the year I’m usually rereading the great classics such as Fahrenheit 451, The Scarlet Letter, and The Awakening as I work to revamp my lesson plans. But my summer reading lists often look nothing like my syllabus. Here are five of the books I plan to read over the next few months. Tomorrow I’ll be back with five more. Let me know if you’d like to read any of them along with me so we can get a little virtual book club going.
This book seems like the perfect way to kick off the season. Plus, as some of you know, in my head I pretend I’m the black Carrie Bradshaw of the South. Summer and the City is the sequel to The Carrie Diaries. Together these two novels serve as a prequel to Sex and the City. Amazon.com says “With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City’s most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.”
Baby Proof, Emily Giffin
Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Giffin at the Skirt! Creative Conference in Atlanta. After hearing her speak I lamented the fact I hadn’t read any of her books because in her talk it was obvious how funny and smart she is. Though she’s best known for books like Something Blue and Something Borrowed, which was later adapted into a movie, Baby Proof seems like the novel for me. Baby Proof tells the story of Claudia Parr a successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan. While Claudia is a devoted sister, aunt, and friend, she’s never wanted to become a mother–which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she desperately wants. Then she meets her soul mate Ben who, miraculously, feels the same way about parenthood. The two fall in love and marry, and begin a life of adventure and discovery together. Then, one of them has a change of heart. Someone wants a baby after all.
One day I hope to be half as funny as Sloane Crosley, who’s been described as the female David Sedaris. How’d You Get This Number is a collection of nine essays that I hope is as funny as her collection I Was Told There’d Be Cake. According to Publishers Weekly the collection includes such pieces as “the requisite essay about moving to New York and replacing her anorexic-kleptomaniac roommate with a more acceptable living arrangement: in Crosley’s case, delineated in Take a Stab at It, she is interviewed by the creepily disembodied current occupier of a famous former brothel on the Bowery, McGurk’s Suicide Hall.” That should give you a taste of what’s in store.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
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Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, in her Amazon.com review of this book, says “no matter how many quirky memoir-slash-observational-essay collections by funny ladies you’ve got on your shelves, you’re going to want this one there, too.” Especially considering since this one is by a first-generation Indian-American comedy writer-slash-sitcom star who shot to fame with a cross-dressing impersonation of Ben Affleck. Need I say more?
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Cross-posted at The Writeous Babe Project.