1. Goodnight Nobody
Another from my favorite Jennifer Weiner is making an appearance on the list this week. Kate Klein, a suburban housewife and mother of three is finding her perfect suburbia to have many unpleasant surprises. Her husband is never home and her days are spent carpooling and park visits where other supermoms snub her. One day, a fellow mother is murdered, and it sends Kate on an unofficial investigation of her own while her kids are in school.
2. Committed: A Love Story
This is the follow-up novel to Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. At the end of her memoir, she fell in love in Bali with a Brazilian named Felipe. The two vowed to stay together forever, but also vowed (after both went through messy divorces) that they would never marry. An intervening party, known as the U.S. government, had other plans. The ultimatum issued by the government was that either the pair could be married, or Felipe could never enter America again. This is a definite witty must read.
3. Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
I read this book quite a few years ago, during my senior year in high school. I was always fascinated by the idea of being in a sorority, and I wanted to know if it was all like in the movies. I want to preface this recommendation by saying that I am a proud alum of a sorority, and I was pleased that I did not witness one bit of cruelty or hazing, and that thankfully this book proved false for my chosen chapter. However, this book is an interesting read for sorority girls and non-sorority girls alike. Alexandra Robbins spent a year with a group of girls in a sorority that was not named, and she delved into the real issues that sororities used to face.
4. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
This New York Times bestseller is an intense and eye-opening story of a young girl who is not an alcoholic, but uses booze as a way to cope with everything. Her first sip of Southern Comfort at the age of 14 was enough to introduce her to the world of drinking, and cause a downward spiral. This memoir is her sober look at how she got to that point, and what it took for her to realize that she needed to stop drinking for good.
5. My Horizontal Life
To me, Chelsea Handler is the funniest woman alive. Her writing is brutal, hilarious and snarky in this collection of true-life stories of her one night stands. That sentence alone should make you want to read this book.