Do you remember: candy made with syrup and snow, roasted pig tails, Pa’s fiddle, a bulldog named Jack, and a rag doll named Charlotte? (If the answer is no, by all means move on to the next book in this newsletter.) But if the list above brings a rush of nostalgia, then you will relish revisiting The Little House series and diving into The Wilder Life (Riverhead, $16). Join Wendy McClure as she attempts to square the beloved world of the books with the “real” story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s a fun, envy-inducing quest that mixes reading, road-tripping, and at-home experiments like churning butter. McClure is excellent company—her voice is the just the right mix of earnest, bookwormish enthusiasm and wry self-deprecation.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485688
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2012

I never tire of reading about young women trying to figure things out in the city. With real warmth and wit, Jennifer Close (former P&P bookseller!) chronicles the awkward unmooring— and, sometimes, the just plain awkwardness— of twenty-somethings stumbling out of college and into life. Meet the Girls In White Dresses (Vintage, $14.95). They move to New York where they drink too much, stay in hopeless jobs too long, go on painfully bad dates, and attend far, far too many weddings. They also, lucky for you, have fresh, very funny conversations. You root for them the entire time and by the end, you feel like they’re your friends.
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307743695
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Published: Vintage - May 1st, 2012

This summer, drop everything and visit Maine (Vintage, $15.95) with the wickedly funny J. Courtney Sullivan. Sullivan’s debut novel, Commencement— a group portrait of friends who meet at Smith College in the 1990s—is essential for every smart girl’s reading list, and Maine is even more accomplished and addictive. We meet women from across the Kelleher clan: Alice, the boozy, strict Catholic matriarch; Kathleen, a recovering alcoholic who owns an organic worm farm in California; Mary Ann, a perfectionist in-law with a strange hobby; and Maggie, a struggling writer in New York. They converge at the family’s summer cottage, each bearing secrets that Sullivan teases out in chapters of pitch-perfect alternating points of view.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742216
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

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