Long Gone, Alafair Burke: main character Alice thinks she’s finally landed her dream job — curator of an art gallery! all she has to do is showcase this one (admittedly lame) artist, bc that’s what the (anonymous) backer wants. ok, maybe a little weird, but whatever … and then she gets to work and the gallery is cleaned out, her boss is lying dead on the floor, and the police are pretty sure she did it. WHUT NOW. i love a good mystery, and this is one.
Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy: Sally Jay out-Bridget-Joneses Bridget Jones — which is really saying something. and you should all know by now my obsession with Bridget Jones, i mean, i have a tattoo for crying out loud. DUD AVOCADO is a smart and funny perfect summer read about a young American in Paris in the 1950s making terrible decisions.
The Chairs are Where the People Go, Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti: if you are in WORD’s Word To Your Mailbox program, you should not buy this. just sayin. i read this because stephanie did first and wouldn’t shut up about it, and as usual she is right. i have bought it to give to people. i don’t really do that very often. there is a lot more to be said about this book (and you will see it soon) but the short version is that Glouberman is funny and also smart as hell about things like: art, culture, neighbors, entertainment, living life in proximity, etc.