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2010

An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel

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There's nothing like a book about women who are starving, both literally and emotionally, to drive you towards the nearest bowl of ice cream. I was so deeply creeped out by the ending of An Experiment in Love: A Novel that I asked my husband to pick up a pint of Rocky Road on his way home.

Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies

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It appears the book publishing world has found a solid new niche - the beautiful woman's divorce memoir. One of the more telling reviews about Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story , from John Searles/MSNBC, is "fans of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia will devour this book."

Indeed. The key difference being that Elizabeth Gilbert can write.

Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

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So many lessons in Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime : why hiring people to work together who hate each other is a bad idea; why trying to prepare for a vice presidential debate with 5X7 index cards is a lost cause; why it's probably not best to get your hopes up about an attorney general spot after the National Enquirer has snapped you holding your love child.

Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler

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If Guyaholic left me a bit cold, it has little to do with Mackler and more to do with her main character. While Vegan Virgin Valentine focused around academically driven, Type A teenager Mara Valentine, Guyaholic focuses on her niece "V" Valentine, a lost soul sleeping her way through high school. Guess which character I related more to?

The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

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I'm sincerely hoping the The Opposite of Me: A Novel heralds a Chick Lit 2.0 era where women don't have to lose weight, find a man or max out their credit cards before finding happiness. The Opposite of Me: A Novel is refreshing, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and an enjoyable and easy read.

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

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In honor of our new Guide Dog Foundation puppy, Joey, I've been reading a number of books about or featuring dogs. While Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Chet and Bernie Mysteries) sounds silly on the surface - dog detective Chet is the narrator - it actually is delightful.

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

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The sinking feeling I got while reading The Unnamed was similar to what music fans sometimes say when listening to a talented artist's sophomore album. Namely "what IS this?" and "well, I guess they're trying something new."

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

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As I've mentioned previously, I've decided to try to make 2010 a year of more books from different genres, including young adult novels, which led me to Vegan Virgin Valentine .

The Big Rewind by Nathan Rabin

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I picked up The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture after hearing an interview with Nathan Rabin last summer on NPR. In the interview, he came across as a pop-culture-loving, geeky meek soul that I could relate to, or at least be friends with in an alternate universe.

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