Vernitra’s Book Club

Bookshelf | I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron (2010) | I will always remember how much I loved this book

Memory loss. Teflon. Journalism. Salt. Broken marriages. Hollywood. Hated-on holiday pies. Aging. Chicken soup. Inheritances. Lillian Hellman. Egg-white omelettes. Email… These are just some of the wide range of subjects on which the brilliant Nora Ephron reflects in this entertaining collection of essays—and not necessarily in that order.

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Bookshelf | Always Wear Joy by Susan Fales-Hill (2003) | How to be an original diva

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In this beautifully-written memoir, Susan Fales-Hill paints a comprehensive portrait of her late mother, the inimitable Haitian-American performer Josephine Premice.

A triple threat, Premice sang, danced, acted, and wowed on the stages of Broadway and Paris in the 1940s and ’50s. However, despite her showstopping presence, Josephine’s career never rose to the heights of her white contemporaries. In an entertainment industry that did not favor her type of beauty, Josephine was always deemed either “too much” or “not enough” of something. In spite of the ever-present adversity she endured, Josephine Premice always faced her challenges and naysayers head on, and she was ever the consummate performer and the epitome of glamour. (more…)

Bookshelf | French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano (2004) | Mastering the art of guilt-free indulgence

French Women Don't Get Fat

Having observed the American tendency toward extremist diet and exercise programs, French-American Mireille Guiliano makes a convincing case for the French approach toward maintaining one’s figure.

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Bookshelf | Dare Me by Megan Abbott (2012) | The dark side of cheerleading…

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As captain and lieutenant of the varsity cheerleading squad, sassy BFFs Beth and Addy are at the peak of their high-school careers. When “perfect” new cheer coach Colette French arrives on the scene, she quickly wins the respect of Addy and everyone else on the squad—except Beth, who finds her queen-bee status threatened by everyone’s idolization of Coach. When a suicide prompts a police investigation into the lives of Coach and the girls, the plot takes a dark turn. This peek into the world of cheerleaderdom is full of secrets, lies, and twisted stunts.

Bookshelf | The Partner by John Grisham (1997) | How to run away from your problems

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When attorney Patrick Lanigan discovers his fellow partners at his law firm are involved in a fraudulent scheme from which they stand to gain millions, Patrick fakes his own car-accident death and successfully steals $90 million dollars from the firm’s off-shore bank account.

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Bookshelf | Love Among the Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse (1906) | Can one really find love among the chickens?

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This humorous and delightfully absurd story is told from the point-of-view of Jeremy Garnet, a writer who longs for some peace and quiet so he can plan his next novel. When Garnet runs into the boisterous Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, an old acquaintance with a penchant for concocting wild schemes, Ukridge convinces Garnet to assist him and his new wife Millie in running their new chicken farm in Dorset, England.

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Bookshelf |The Godfather by Mario Puzo (1969) | And you thought your family had issues…

The Godfather

Does your family have some serious drama? Odds are, not nearly as much drama as the Corleones. This iconic tale centers on the Sicilian-American Corleone family, a tight-knit clan knuckles-deep in New York City organized crime. The patriarch of the family is Don Corleone, reverentially referred to as The Don.

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Bookshelf | Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan (2010) | 15 years later… Where are Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria, and Robin now?

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In this sequel to Waiting to Exhale, we find our girls Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria, and Robin dealing with the never-ending issues of life fifteen years after the original story ended.

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Bookshelf | My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer (2010) | How to cope when you best friend’s boyfriend is just too marvelous for words

On the first day of seventh grade, twelve-year-old Tori is crushed when her longtime BFF Sienna returns from her extended vacation in Florida looking all kinds of good and attracting all sorts of new attention.

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Bookshelf | Be Different by John Elder Robison (2011) |The power of embracing your individuality

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John Elder Robison discusses various aspects of his life as an Aspergian, including his professional and romantic experiences.

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