2010s books

Bookshelf | Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk (2010) | An Old Hollywood tale with a dark twist

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This novel is dripping with Old Hollywood, and if you love that kind of stuff—as do I—you will enjoy this book. The story transported me back to that glamorous era where inimitable stars like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis reigned over Tinseltown and gossip mongers like Hedda Hopper and Lillian Hellman had the power to either enhance or tarnish a star’s reputation.

The star of the book is Hazie Coogan, who really isn’t a star at all but the trusty maidservant and companion to excessively glamorous and untouchable former film star Katherine Kenton. For decades, Hazie has spent her life not only catering to every need and want of her “Miss Kathie” but also protecting her and–most importantly–her glittering star from harm. Now, Hazie’s focus is protecting Miss Kathie from the loving arms and machinations of one Webster Carlton Westward III—a handsome, young, smooth-talking gentleman caller who is finding it quite easy to cozy up to the older and vulnerable Miss Kathie. (more…)

Bookshelf | Bossypants by Tina Fey (2011) | You might bust your pants… From laughing!

This book is hilarious! I listened to it on audiobook, and it made me laugh so much that I want to listen to it again. That’s how much I loved it.

As a comedy writer, actress, producer, mother, and wife, Tina Fey plays many roles, and she candidly reflects on all of them in this funny, well-crafted memoir. (more…)

Bookshelf | Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (2011) | If everyone’s hanging out without you, then at least you have time to read this book

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I came late to The Mindy Project  (that’s what Netflix/Amazon Instant Watch binges are for), but I’m glad I did, because it turned out to be one of the funniest sitcoms I’d seen in years. That show serves up joke after joke after joke–and good ones. The show’s creator and star, Mindy Kaling, has infused the Mindy Project with her own brand of insanely witty humor. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? provides plenty of insight into the woman behind the show. (more…)

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 | 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 | 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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Bookshelf | Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank by Barbara Sinatra (2011)

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Barbara Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s fourth and final wife, tells the story of her life as a former model and Vegas showgirl turned entrepreneur and philanthropist, as well as her endearing relationship with one of music’s most beloved icons, Frank Sinatra.

As Frank Sinatra is one of my favorite singers of all time, I enjoyed this peek into his later years. I also enjoyed Barbara Sinatra’s account of their romantic love story and celebrity escapades.

Bookshelf Favorite!