Quick Lit August 2019
The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop

In 1953 Tehran, a young man failed to meet his betrothed in a Tehran square. Sixty years later and half a world away, the woman, now grown old, is about to discover why. This sweeping love story spans 60 years and two continents, taking the reader between contemporary New England and 1953 Tehran, thoroughly immersing the reader in the volatile political climate of 1950s Iran. This is easily one of the best books I've read this year: listen to me recommend it on Episode 194 of What Should I Read Next ("No plot, no problem!"), and we'll be reading it in the MMD Book Club in January, where we'll pair it with A Place for Us. If you enjoyed either of these books, add the other to your TBR right now. More info →
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The Flatshare: A Novel

The Flatshare: A Novel

I read this entire novel in one sitting on a Sunday afternoon; it's a romantic comedy that manages to tackle serious issues while maintaining a light and breezy feel. Don't miss the backstory on how the author's personal life inspired the premise, and how she managed to write nearly every word of the 320-page novel on her own commute in and out of London. There are a few spicy scenes but this romance is mostly closed-door. More info →
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Chances Are…

Chances Are…

My husband and I passionately disagreed about this book. He says it's the best thing he's read this year, even better than The River. I thought it was fine—maybe even good—but definitely didn't LOVE it. In this short novel, three college friends come back together for the first time in years, reunited at the very place where they spent a life-changing weekend together nearly forty years before. That was the weekend that one of their friends—a friend they were all at least a little bit in love with—disappeared, and they've been thinking about her ever since. A story of male friendship, family tragedy, and how the past is never really past. More info →
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The View from Penthouse B

The View from Penthouse B

I just recommended this 2013 release to Mary Laura Philpott on Episode 195 of What Should I Read Next ("Wanted: book enthusiast at large"). Two adult sisters have grown apart, but when they each suffer their own personal and economic tragedies, necessity brings them together again, and they're soon cobbling together a new found family in a Greenwich Village penthouse. Fast and fun. More info →
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The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

Like so many readers, I love The Home Edit instagram account, and enjoy ogling other people's tidy and ROYGBIV-ed closets and pantries. However, I was really hoping to find some great advice here on how to organize my refrigerator DOORS, and didn't find a single word or photo about that here. Long story short: if you're a fan of their social media accounts, I don't think you'll find much new info here. (Any tips on those doors? Please share in comments!) More info →
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