You know it's spring break when I've managed to read three books in a week. And you know, you're old, when you spend spring break reading three books. Ah well, that is the glamorous life I live. Here are three books that I think you'll enjoy...
Like many, I was heartbroken when Nora Ephron died. It's not like I knew her, so it seems like a silly thing to say, but I felt like I knew her. Her writing made you feel like you were her friend. I selfishly wish she was still around so we could have one more book (or play, or movie...I'm not picky). This week I downloaded Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog a memoir written by Nora's sister, and writing partner, Delia Ephron. I was delighted to discover that Delia is just as wonderful a writer as her sister (although it shouldn't be a surprise). Best of all, the audio version is read ("performed" as my Audible account says) by Meg Ryan. For fans of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail, you know how brilliantly Meg reads "Ephron." It feels like you're having lunch with your clever best-friend or, and I mean this as the highest compliment, one more book from Nora.
I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I finally got to listen to it this week while I, wait for it, tidied up my apartment (my Audible account had built up some credits). The book is full of great advice like, "If something doesn't give you pleasure, throw it away." Of course there, are also a few things I found a bit extreme, like unpacking your purse at the end of each day. It sounds like a nice Mr. Rogers-esque activity, but it's not something I, as someone who leaves lipgloss in every purse, will be adapting anytime soon. Her habit of "thanking" your items also amuses me, but I suppose it's no different than other attempts at showing gratitude. As someone who has moved no less than ten times in the last ten years, I pride myself on having less "stuff" than the average person. However, a few trips through my kitchen and drawers resulted in no less than four big bags of "stuff" for Housing Works. If you have the chance, I highly recommend listening to the book while you clean. It feels like she is right there with you, helping to move things along.
It's been touted as the next Gone Girl, so when my book club picked The Girl on the Train for next month's read, I was more than happy to pick it up. After starting this week, I'm about half-way through (reading, not listening to this one) and so far I can't put it down. It's sure-to-be unreliable narrators are fascinating, and the flashback-flashforward timeline has kept the mystery very much alive. Best of all, after a 2015 spent reading a great deal of interesting-yet-not-exactly-pulse-raising-non-fiction, I'm thrilled to have a book that I can't put down.