It’s been a few months since I last mentioned the books pilling up on my nightstand, so here goes:
WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
I’m cheating a little, I finished Semple’s novel back in July so it’s no longer on my nightstand… But I just had to include it since it’s the perfect beach read: funny, smart, great characters. You can read it in one sitting (I did) or take your time, but you’ll quickly love Bee, Semple’s middle-school heroine on a search to find her mother.
THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE by Betty Friedman
I’m not surprised my book club is reading a feminist exposé let alone one, which first surfaced back in 1963. Friedman challenges the 1950’s image of the happy, suburban wife in a collection of anecdotes and interviews with said stepford wives. It’s no page-turner, but it’s the landmark book in what became the second wave of feminism.
FROM SCRATCH: INSIDE THE FOOD NETWORK by Allen Salkin
This new release was a surprise gift from my beau, who put two and two together (I work on a Food Network Canada show and watch it all the time) and knew I’d enjoy a back stage glimpse into its American counterpart’s history. The Food Network is one of the most successful specialty channels around, so I’m looking forward to learning the ins and outs – snack in hand, of course.
PS: My spring nightstand included women and aliens…