This week we have an evolving relationship, a trip to Iceland, some problems that just might turn into a stalking, love, Paris (of course!  We always have Paris!) and two fabulous women named Muffie and Ali.

Let us begin!

Ann
is working on, “American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar.  I am just in the beginning of this story but I am hooked to see how the relationship between young Hyat is going to evolve with his mother's friend Mina.  As a college student he is now telling a friend why he blames himself for what happened to Mina when he was younger. “

Marianne
says” I've just read Operation Napoleon, a new (at least to us in this country) novel from my favorite Icelandic author, Arnaldur Indridason.  While I really don't think it's up to his police procedurals featuring Inspector Erlander, it certainly had me reading into the night. The author's description of Iceland's landscape is so central to his novels that it becomes a character in its own right. For a change of pace I always enjoy a bleak, dark and fast-moving thriller.  “


Citizen Asha worries us yet again this week with her pick, White Girl Problems by Babe Walker.  She says “because let's face it, I can totally relate. That being said, it is the most hysterical thing I have read in a long time. Poor Babe is a vapid, self-centered, fashionista who has lots to say about the world around her. Did I mention that I want to be her friend? I even look at her blog, does that make me a stalker? I hope not because she makes me so happy. “  Babe, our advice to you is to run.   Run like the wind.


Pat T. states “Since we celebrated Valentine's Day this week I found the perfect book to read as I was shelving it on Main Street - All There Is:  Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay the founder of Story Corps. StoryCorps is a oral history project and the participants record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. In this book, the storytellers reveal their stories of falling in love: remembering a loved one; and finding love unexpectedly. The most poignant story was from a woman who honored her husband who died in 9/11 and then she tragically passed away in a  plane crash a few years later.”


Barbara M. is back in Paris , in her mind anyway with this selection: “ I’m reading Tatiana de Rosnay’s new book, The House I Loved and in spite of its flaws I don’t want it to end. It’s set in Paris during the 1860s when Haussmann was modernizing the city and as in her other books it involves a secret.”


I am in love Ali Wentworth’s new book Ali in Wonderland:  And Other Tall Tales Ali’s memoir about growing up  as the daughter of the fabulous Muffie  Cabot who was Nancy Reagan’s social secretary.  This book literally can have you laughing so hard you are crying one minute (the chapter on the family’s nannies is worth the price of the book.  Trust me.) and the next you are really feeling for Ali during her  darker periods.  But through it all Muffie is there with her ultimate sense of WASP Suck-It-Up, No Wallowing Allowed and a toasted English muffin with tomato.  And don’t tell Asha but I want them to be my friends too.  But  they are real and I promise no stalking.  

 

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