Please excuse the lack of update the past couple of months. The LitChicks have been going strong, but I have been slacking as the web admin. But since we are going into the summer, I felt the need to update y'all on what the LitChicks have been reading.
In March we read Jonathan Tropper's "This is Where I Leave You". This book is a great illustration of the MTV Real World's slogan "find out what happens when people stop being polite...and start getting real". The story follows the ups and downs of the Foxman family as they come together to sit Shiva for their patriarch. As any adult knows, family reunions can bring out the best and worst of people - and this book captures that. Tropper has a great sense of comedy, but also balances the laughs well with serious life issues. Yes, this book is the basis for the Justin Bateman/Tina Fey movie. Overall, most of us enjoyed the book - with many of us giving it 4-5 stars on Goodreads. I think it was also the loudest meeting we've had in a long time.
In April we read a collection of humorous essays called "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" by Sloane Crosley. While I wouldn't say that overall we disliked the book, I do think that many of us had problems connecting to it. The stories felt disconnected from one another. One person described it as a blog on paper. Another possible reason for the disconnect could be because many of us are just done with that period in our own lives and ready to move on. The best part of the meeting was when members shared some hysterical stories about their twenties. Many members gave it 2-3 stars on Goodreads.
Our May book, "Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Memoir" is the second memior by Molly Wizenberg, who writes the well-known food blog Orangette. This book details the early part of her marriage when her husband decided to open a pizza restaurant. Warning - You will get hungry for pizza when reading this book. The club was kind of split on this book. The book does cover extensively what has to happen when you decide to open a restaurant, from finding a location, to deciding on a menu, to hiring staff. There was even a whole chapter about building a pizza oven. For our members who love reading about food and restuarants - this was a great book. However, despite the title, the book kind of glossed over what was really happening within Wizenbergs' marriage. Members who wanted to know more about the marriage were left disappointed. Most members gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.