Liz's Picks
9781524798642

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a favorite author of mine, and this is my favorite book of hers. Daisy Jones is a singer in a rock band in the 1970s. This book tells the story of Daisy, the rise of her iconic band, and the real reasons the band broke up. I didn't want it to end because I didn't want to leave Daisy's world.

9781455531202

Jessi Klein nails it. And by it, I mean writing about real life. Klein is laugh-out-loud funny in her collection of autobiographical essays. My favorite chapter is one about childbirth titled "Get the Epidural."

9780062429070

Sisters Lydia and Claire begin a journey of finding their long-ago missing sister, Julia. With each new piece of evidence discovered, they peel back more and more layers of a deranged and violent family history. Not for the faint of heart!

9781250178602

Kristin Hannah has done it again! This time, she introduces us to Elsa Wolcott and her incredible story of strength and bravery in the time of the Dust Bowl. Elsa has to make the tough decision to stay in Texas on her family farm and try to make it work in a years-long drought -- or-- pick up her family and move them to California to find field work. Have tissues handy!

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Oh Tina Fey...how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Fey shares stories of her childhood growing up in Philadelphia, having a strong father figure who shouts "It's defective!" when something doesn't work; musical theater in high school; her days in a traveling improv group after college; ending with her time at SNL and creating "30 Rock." This book made me laugh out loud and feel warm and fuzzy. Love!

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It's hard to choose just one Sedaris book to review because they are all so well done. In Calypso, many of his essays are about his aging father - a topic which might seem depressing - but Sedaris manages to make me laugh through the entire book. His honesty about life and family make me want to hug him through the pages.

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Jack and Grace are the perfect couple. You just can't help but wonder how she does it all...and looks so good while doing it. But looks can be deceiving. Maybe Jack can be a little on the controlling side... This thriller creeped me out in the best way!

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Burroughs brings humor and levity to his own incredible life story: being given away by his mother at the age of 12 to live with her unorthodox psychologist in an old Victorian home. The bizarre stories of his misadventures continue from there.