B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories recently landed in stores. If this hilarious book trailer (complete with an appearance by Mindy Kaling – can we be friends with these two?) is any indication, it looks like he’s poised to be much more than just an Office temp.
February 5 celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day. But there is very little literature about women athletes, and women have written very few sports novels. The reason is simple: women have been largely excluded from athletics, and before Title IX passed in 1972, there wasn’t any way to change this.
The world of sports is considered to be masculine, and the literature surrounding it encompasses a cultural myth and ideology exclusive to men. Women are peripheral to these narratives—usually wives, girlfriends, mothers, and sisters to the main subjects.
In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, here are four books I recommend:
Stay tuned for our next Shelf Pleasure book club announcement!
Snow day! Also known as stay in your pajamas with a book day (in our world, anyway). Here are the new releases we’ll be keeping on our nightstands.
Perfect Together by Carly Phillips
When Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding, she just wants alone time in Serendipity, New York, the place where she grew up—and fell in love with the one man she has never been able to forget.
I can see here at Shelf Pleasure, I’m speaking to an audience of genuine book fanatics. I mean that as a serious compliment, of course. See, I was “that kid” in grade school who’d rather hang out in the basement library than play outside in the Southern California sun. A true bookworm. It was the same story in high school and beyond. The library saw a lot of me. Nowadays I’m pretty much addicted to my Kindle. It goes everywhere with me, lest I risk an attack of separation anxiety.
During a brutal Los Angeles heatwave, four people are murdered in the Hollywood Hills. The police think Nikki Easton’s best friend, Darla Ward, might be one of the victims. In her relentless search for the truth, Nikki discovers the hidden side of her friend’s life, laying bare secrets buried before Darla was born, and uncovering widening layers of corruption that reach far beyond Hollywood to the highest levels of government. Hollywood, heat, stars and murder – what more do you need? Dazzled is the first in a new noir mystery series from Maxine Nunes. She visits Shelf Pleasure to fill us in on this riveting read.