Fall reads 

Walked down to the OPL this afternoon, and realized it’s been a while since I jotted down notes on recent books. In order of really good to !!! So good !!!: 

  
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari: Thought I would love this much more than I did. It’s good! Very good, not great. Listened to it; hilarious to hear the stories from Aziz’s voice. There’s a lot of crossover with the observations here and plot points in Master of None. A fun audio book, particularly his observations of dating in other cultures.

  
This Town, Mark Leibovich. Fun and interesting, loved the sharp cynicism, but not quite as salacious as the hype. 

  
Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff: Just read this one-holy smokes. Can’t write too much without completely giving it away. It took me a while to get into it and then it flew. Cant say I loved it, but I’ve found myself thinking about it and wanting to ask someone questions about their perceptions more than with most books.

  
Thirty Lessons for Loving, Karl Pillemer: A gerontologist talks to hundreds of older adults about their relationships and writes an awesome book. This book made me happy. It’s the kind of book you can read a few pages at the end of the day to quiet your mind and feel good about the future. The stories are sweet and I found so much of the book immensely comforting.

 
Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling. Janou started texting me hilarious excerpts of the book the day it came out-and the rest of the book was just as fun. CANNOT WAIT for her forthcoming book with BJ Novak. 

 

America’s Bitter Pill, Steven Brill. Been wanting to read this for a while and finally got around to it. A very engaging look at the development of the ACA. The insight into the fallout of healthcare.gov was depressing but fascinating. Not a terribly encouraging look at the future of health care access and coverage, but a helpful primer of how we got to where we are.

   
The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty. I love love loved this book. The best parts are when Daugherty lifts passages of Didion’s writing and you are again reminded what a master she is. Could not believe how many historical moments she lived through in modern history-and how many notable people she knew! It’s almost Forrest Gump-ish in the way it takes you through the last 70 years of US history through the life and events of one extraordinary writer.

 
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Favorite writer Kelly Corrigan instagrammed photo of this over the summer as a must read and I immediately ordered it from the library. WOW. This book. Probably the best new book I read in 2015. Certainly according to the National Book Foundation!  Thought about this a lot over the last few months. It’s almost a poem, in its beauty and haunting words. Absolutely amazing.

In addition to these awesome books, gave up on a few as well:

All the Light we Cannot See: Eek-I know, everyone’s favorite book of the year. Just could not get into it.

Under the Banner of Heaven: Had really high hopes for this, thinking it would be more of an exploration of LDS history. And it’s so highly reviewed! But it ended up being a gruesome, almost tabloid like re-telling of horrific fringe fundamentalists. Was listening to the audio book and hit a point where I just couldn’t take the graphic descriptions and had to stop.

Everybody Rise: This is sitting next to me on the coffee table right now.  Debating whether or not to give it another chance. So far, bored.

Fran Leibowitz Reader: Everyone seems to love her, but I kept falling asleep listening to this! Granted, was listening on the plane…maybe I should give it another chance.
 

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