RE: What are you reading?
My favorite book, ever, of all time, is Anton Myrer's The Last Convertible. I am never without a copy, and I'm not kidding: there's a battered paperback copy in my car AND in my husband's car, always one in my purse (a healthy back bag, gotta love 'em) and one in my beach bag. And I buy every single used copy of it I ever find, because I am constantly giving them away. I will be buried with a copy of this book.
I also love Elinor Lipman, especially her Isabel's Bed, The Way Men Act, and The Inn at Lake Devine. She's often compared to a modern Jane Austen and it's a fitting comparison.
I love Suzanne Strempek Shea's Selling the Lite of Heavenbut her other books are good too.
I like anything by Lorna Landvik, most particularly her first, Patty Jane's House of Curl. I like anything by Ann Hood, Beth Gutcheon, Joyce Maynard (I like her At Home in the World, which is her autobio and deals with, among other things, her doomed love affair with JD Salinger, and Where Love Goes.
I love memoirs; any foodie will want to read:
Elizabeth Ehrlich's Miriam's Kitchen, which is Elizabeth's story of learning to cook kosher with her mother-in-law, Miriam...who is a Holocaust survivor. Elizabeth begins to know so much more about what is real and what matters in her life than she would have known any other way....
And Michael Ruhlman's books, The Heart of a Chef and The Soul of a Chef are wonderful, wonderful!
And actor Michael Tucker wrote one a few years back called I Never Met a Meal I Didn't Like which is one of the best things I've EVER read.
And Peg Bracken's A Window Over the Kitchen Sink is equally wonderful...she's the one who wrote the I Hate to Cookbooks in the '60s.
I just finished Bob Greene's And You Know You Should Be Glad, which, like all his writing, speaks deeply to my heart....he gets inside and stays there.
I average about 10 books a week. I've been making notes from reading your suggestions! Thanks!