The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents is an intellectual read following a group of women from Oxford. We follow these women in a series of short stories about their first jobs, infidelity, summer vacations, relationship and more. It’s an interesting read and a bit more literary than I thought it would be. If you would like to read about love, but avoid chick lit, this is a good book for you. These 12 stories explore the nuances of relationships and friendship.
The interlocking stories in The Kissing List feature an unforgettable group of young women – Sylvie, Anna, Frances, Maureen – as their lives connect, first during a year abroad at Oxford, then later as they move to New York on the cusp of adulthood. We follow each of them as they navigate the treachery of first dates, temp jobs and roommates, failed relationships and unexpected affairs – all the things that make their lives seem full of possibility, but also rife with potential disappointment.
Shot through with laugh-out-loud lines, yet still wrenchingly emotional and resonant, The Kissing List is a book about women who bravely defy expectations and take outrageous chances in the face of a life that might turn out to be anything less than extraordinary.
The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents. 223 pages.
I’ve been excitedly awaiting Andrew Kaufman’s next book since forever. Andrew Kaufman is a fabulous writer and he seems to be pretty nice to boot. His most popular book is, All my Friends are Superheroes, and if you haven’t read it you really should. I suppose Andrew’s books could be defined as magical realism. They are always original, unexpected and set in Canada (I love that.)
Annie Weird was born with an unusually large heart. As each of her grandchildren came into the world, she unintentionally gave them each a gift. Richard is always safe, Angie instantly forgives, Abba always has hope, Lucy never gets lost and Kent is always a little bit stronger than his opponents. These gifts turn out to be more curse than blessing. Can you fall in love while keeping safe? How can you find yourself when you always know where you are?
Angie is summoned by her grandmother Annie. Annie informs Angie that she and her siblings have all been “blessed” and that in order to remove the blessings, she needs to gather all of her brothers and sisters so that the curse can be removed at the moment of her death (yeah, she knows that date. Down to the minute.)
Angie is sent scrambling to gather her siblings. Her hunt will take her to Toronto, Vancouver and even to a remote island. Her siblings are busy having sex in forbidden places, trying to figure out marriage and possibly even being Queen. And Kent? Well, everyone is a little scared of Kent. (He actually turned out to be my favourite.) This journey will change them forever, but will it be for better or for worse?
Born Weird is out on December 26th. Pick it up! You won’t regret it.
When the weather is this cold, I don’t feel much like doing much more than curling up with a good book.
Random House had sent me this book in the first week of January, but I didn’t get around to it until yesterday. And when I did, I couldn’t put it down.
Little Bee is written by Chris Cleave. It tells the story of a young girl that has gone through incredible trials and is still a witty and strong character. Little Bee can be heartbreaking and horrific at times, but is still beautiful. This book brings international (Africa and the UK) issues right into your living room, and into other characters personal lives as well. I was captured from the opening paragraph, and I’m sure you will be too.
Little Bee will be released on February 10th. Go and grab your copy!