If you enjoyed my essay Granny’s House, you will love Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. I wrote the essay for a class at NYU and a classmate recommended I read Maine, but it wasn’t until I was on vacation in Cape Cod and saw a sign for a book signing that I got a copy (and got to meet the author!). Alice, the family matriarch in the book, reminded me so much of Granny, and I definitely saw some of my other relatives in the book as well. Maine is a great beach or non-beach read.
I had been meaning to read Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations by Jill Kargman for a while as well. Kargman has written some of my favorite books about life in New York City, like Momzillas and The Right Address. Sometimes is collection of essays with funny stories from her childhood through adulthood that feel like chatting with a friend over cocktails. Bonus points since Drew Barrymore is now her sister-in-law.
Last September I went to Andy Cohen’s book signing for Most Talkative in New York but hadn’t yet read it because I must have some strange disorder in which I always buy and check out more books than I will ever have time to read and then feel overwhelmed when I get caught up with things like work and moving and don’t get to my pile. Well, friends, that ends this month, as I am currently in the middle of Most Talkative. What’s inspiring about Andy’s memoirs is how much his passion for what he does comes through. Even as a college student, he worshiped Susan Lucci/Erica Kane (he and my mom share an obsession with All My Children) and loved discussing the plots of his favorite soaps. Now he is Executive VP at Bravo – bringing is the best reality soaps of our time: the Real Housewives! – and the host of Watch What Happens Live. Here we are at the signing:
What are you reading this summer?
- Oprah Winfrey Is About To Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen! (perezhilton.com)
- Daniel Silva, J. Courtney Sullivan, & Ian Rusten Get Booked (mediabistro.com)
- Fiction Friday: What are YOU Reading this Summer?! (leslielindsay.com)