By The NumbersJen Lancaster

Lancaster’s switch from snarkily funny autobiography (Bitter is the New Black, I Regret Nothing) to fiction has been highly successful and incredibly satisfying. Admittedly, her inspiration comes from the same well – nasty women in the burbs getting life lessons in a hilarious, if sympathetic, way.

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woman who stoleMarian Keyes

While I have loved all of Keyes’ books, The Woman Who Stole My Life feels closer to her original titles (Watermelon, Last Chance Saloon). Less of a tear-jerker than than previous few (The Mystery of Mercy Close), there is still plenty of Keyes’ …

Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balmthebeautybrains.com

Yes, yes you can.  But the the lip balm question is only one of hundreds in this fascinating little book.  Full of delightfully refreshing skepticism, various beauty products and myths are put through the rigors of scientific inquiry.  Not surprisingly, most claims by the beauty industry are either false …

Following PollyKaren Bergreen

A perfect blend of mystery, chick-lit, tension and snark.  Bergreen’s heroine (of sorts) Alice acts like a real person.  She holds grudges, creates fantasies and often does nonsensical and stupid things. But they all make their own wacky, forgivable sense.  Out of work and looking to occupy herself, …

Anybody Out There?Marian Keyes

The latest installment in the Walsh family soap-opera is a doozy. Anna, the youngest Walsh girl (the spacy-new age one) gets her act together with the help of her brother-in-law Garv and moves to New York to work in marketing. The story picks up with Anna back in …

Dairy QueenCatherine Murdock

I have no idea how I came across this title, but there it was in my hold pile. I can’t say I often peruse “young adult” chick lit., but this turned out to be an excellent book. DJ, a Wisconsin farm girl, has a busy, messy, broken family. …