Is it just me or did this month go by really fast? I can’t believe it’s time to pick another book already.
So far, our little Paperback Posse has been pretty fabulous. As of right now, we have a group of 20+ funny, opinionated ladies who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. It has been a lot of fun to hear everyone’s reaction to this month’s book, This Is Where I Leave You. We’re also planning a group outing to the movie in early October for any local posse members. 😉
If you’re interested in joining (or you want to check it out a little and decide later), just let me know! I can add you to the private Facebook group we hang out in and you can always leave the group if you hate it. We’re incredibly laid back and are all in agreement that this should be something that’s fun, not something that’s a chore. I think we’re succeeding so far.
OK. I’ll shut up now and give you the rundown on this month’s choices…
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (480 pages)
One of the choices from last month, a bunch of the ladies in our book club (myself included!) said this book was their second pick. Since I’ve heard so many good things about it, I thought we should give it another try this month.
From the inside of the book: “Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident… or something else entirely? Big Little Lies is a funny, heartbreaking, challenging story of ex-husbands and second wives, new friendships, old betrayals, and schoolyard politics.”
Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers (304 pages)
Suggested by one of the ladies in our little posse, this one is funny and timely and light.
When Melissa gave her mother a diary for Christmas, Joan wasn’t feeling it at first. But as she started writing in it, she realized she had a whole lot to say. In her signature (viciously) hilarious style, Rivers writes about everything from a family vacation in Mexico and trips between New York and LA to current events and pop culture.
Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas (400 pages)
This one is Koren Zailckas’s (she wrote the memoir Smashed about her issues with alcohol) debut novel and it looks really dark and really interesting.
Josephine’s life looks picture perfect, but her controlling influence hasn’t been easy on her family. When a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed. Compared to classic suspense novels by Shirley Jackson and Daphne DuMaurier, Mother, Mother is the story of a mother’s love gone too far.
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan (146 pages)
It’s the last shift for a New England Red Lobster that’s closing down because it isn’t meeting its numbers. Manny, the manager, wants this last night to be perfect—but that’s not so easy with an uncooperative staff, a blizzard, and very few customers. At the same time, Manny’s wondering how to deal with the waitress (and ex-lover) he’s still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend, and where to find a present that will make everything better.
Ready? Vote for your pick in the survey below. I’ll announce the winner here next Tuesday when we discuss September’s book!