November Read: Maria Semple’s “Today Will be Different”

Our last read of the year will be a repeat author (Where did you go Bernedette), and promises a little light-heartedness to cap off a year of some denser reads.

See below for the review of Maria Semple’s Today will Be Different, as well as the other two suggestions from Katherine.

Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of the Year, one of New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books, one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2016, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, a Must-Read Book of 2016 by PopSugar, one of EW’s 20 Best Books of

2016, one of Glamour’s Top Ten Books of the Year, and one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best 100 Fiction Books of 2016”

Outrageously funny. But [TODAY WILL BE
DIFFERENT] cuts closer to the bone than
Bernadette did, and its main character’s
problems feel more real…. Ms. Semple is an
immensely appealing writer, and there’s
something universal in her heroine’s efforts
to get a handle on a life spinning out of
control. We may not all have long-lost sisters
who live in the most crazily status-obsessed
corners of the South, but we surely know
what she means about waking up each dawn
with new resolve that melts by midmorning.”–Janet Maslin, New York Times


Almost Reads:

  • The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony
  • Hamilton, Ron Chernow
  • Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate

October Read -The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

Shirley has chosen our pumpkin-month read -a tale spun by Dominc Smith. See below for the Amazon review as well as the other two suggestions by Shirley.

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.

New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer’s marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.

Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.


Other Suggestions:

1.) What She Ate; Laura Shapiro

2.) Beneath a Scarlett Sky, Martin Sullivan