Sophie Kinsella’s newest British escapade with Becky Brandon (this is the seventh) – Shopaholic to the Stars
The latest installment of the Maggie Hope mystery series by Susan Elia MacNeal – The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent
And when I feel serious, I thumb through Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, as sobering as promised in his interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show – a book about the inevitability of death. Despite modern medicine, we all die. Just as Stewart balanced the interview with humor, I counter the heaviness by alternating with the escapades and adventures of Becky and Maggie.
It is free to listen to on YouTube, but should you? You can’t miss hearing about it, and if you’ve ever tried to get little children to bed, you’d understand the premise. Jennifer Schuessler notes in her column for the Sunday New York Times Book Review, “Like sex, alcohol, nudity, and drugs, swearing sets off the great American seesaw of schoolmarmish horror and schoolyardish glee…” I did laugh listening to Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of the book (shoolyardish glee?) and this is a book for adults, but what happens when the child says that word back to you (schoolmarmish horror)?
More bleeps than Comedy Central…
Try the G rated version by Geoffrey Kloske- same idea and funny – but with no shock-factor to sell the book.