Friday, August 17th, 2012
August has been a feast of new fiction releases. How was I supposed to narrow down my picks to just three? I’ll tell you how. I read the first chapters and the reviews of about two million books. I don’t make decisions easily, so I procrastinated by tweeting a lot. Then I grabbed my coffee and ice cream and got down to business.
So if you like funny fiction about the perils, pitfalls and occasional joys of family life, these are three great new books to check out.
What the Nanny Saw
by Fiona Neill
I’m fascinated with books about nannies–the tireless childcare givers who have bird’s eye views of the secret lives of families. This book provides that glimpse while offering social commentary on the morality of servants versus the parents who hire them. (Yee!) The British author already writes award-winning columns and penned another bestseller called The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy. My colleagues at Publisher’s Weekly called it “fast-paced” and “dishy.” So I’m sure this book is simply smashing.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
The author, a force of nature I got to meet recently, used to write for the show Arrested Development. Word on the street is this book is absorbing and funny. It’s about Bernadette, a once-successful mom in Seattle who loses her mojo and becomes reclusive. Her daughter, Bee, insists that the whole family take a trip to Antarctica to celebrate her good grades. Right before they’re scheduled to go, Bernadette disappears. I can’t wait to read this humours family mystery to find out where she went.
by Amy Sohn
Sohn has written several books about the relationship woes of New York-area women. In her latest, a prequel to Prospect Park West, several families get themselves in a tizzy. Moms are gossiping about money and sex and everything that comes with the “Motherland. The land of child rearing, and nurturing, and nonstop care.” They want some me-time, and they sometimes go outside their marriages to get it. Sohn is known for her satire and social commentary, and her latest fiction is guaranteed to be a snappy, snarky beach read.