Here’s what we’re reading this month
Getting Rid of Matthew
By Jane Fallon
Harper Collins, 224 pages
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This debut novel from Jane Fallon will leave you and the ladies with plenty to chat about. Turning the chick-lit formula on its head, Getting Rid of Matthew tells the story of a most-unlikely heroine: the other woman.
When Matthew finally leaves his wife Sophie, his longtime girlfriend Helen realizes maybe being a part-time lover wasn’t so bad after all. Matthew is messy, mopey – and impossible to get rid of. With her caustic wit, intelligently drawn characters and an engaging plot, Getting Rid of Matthew is a highly entertaining, completely satisfying read – even if you can’t help but hate the main character a little bit…
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Made for Each Other
By Bronwyn Cosgrave
Bloomsbury, 307 pages
If your sole motivation for sitting through the Oscars is seeing what the stars are wearing, pick up a copy of this book. Author Bronwyn Cosgrove, who used to cover the Academy Awards for BBC TV presents a fascinating account of the long-standing relationship between style and celebrity – from the glamour of Marlene Dietrich, to risk-taking divas Cher and Sharon Stone, to couture-clotheshorse Nicole Kidman, Cosgrave tells the inside story of how the biggest stars dress for their big night.
By Siri Agrell
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Whether you’ve been a bridesmaid yourself, or just laughed at the outfits from a distance, you’re bound to enjoy this collection of tales from National Post columnist Siri Agrell. Kicked out of her own friend’s bridal party for having the audacity to question the sanity of the tradition (which seems to consist mainly of wearing bad dresses, spending too much money and participating in endless showers) Agrell received countless letters from readers commiserating with their own bridal horror stories. Their stories are published in this laugh-out-loud volume proving that while being a bridesmaid may not be much fun, reading about them sure can be!
The Glass Castle
By Jeanette Walls
Scribner, 288 pages
You might want to clear your schedule before diving into this compulsively-readable memoir. Funny, poignant and at times so off-the-wall it’s hard to believe it’s a true story, this book is sure to keep you up reading way past your bedtime.
Walls book tells the story of her nomadic and dysfunctional family – headed by her sometimes-charming, but often deceitful alcoholic father and her mother, a free spirit who refused to shoulder the responsibility of raising a family. Walls and her siblings learned to take care of one another, eventually finding their way to New York, where they carved out stable lives even as their parents chose life on the streets.