I'm behind on some reviews for books I read last year, but it's been so long since I read them that I don't remember enough to write very much of a review! I didn't want to have to group them together because this could have been four separate posts, but it's just not going to happen unless I just do it this way!
Author: Mindy Kaling
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Publisher: Crown Archtype (Random House)
Pub. Date: November 1, 2011
Mindy Kaling is a writer for the television show, The Office, and plays a character on the show as well. She cracks me up on the show because she's a little ridiculous. I was looking forward to this memoir since I didn't know much about her as a comedienne. Unfortunately, while I found some parts of this funny, I found a lot of it just okay. It wasn't as funny as I was hoping, and I was surprised at some of her narcissism. Worth a read if you're a fan of her or the show, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you already are a fan.
Author: Christopher Bollen
Publisher: Soft Skull Press (Counterpoint)
Pub. Date: September 6, 2011
I saw this book in the "Discover Great New Writers" section at Barnes and Noble. It's about four 20-something adults living in New York City andadjusting to the changes in life there as opposed to where they came from, which sounded perfect to me. I won't go into detail about what "Lightning People" means but it's what the mid-west transplants to New York are called. The plot revolves around Joseph, trying to make it as an actor, who marries his friend to help her with a visa situation. It's about a few of their friends, too, and it's one of those where they all end up being connected to each other in some way without realizing it. I was surprised by a really suddenly tragic event that happens fairly early on in the book and then found that the whole book had a really melancholy tone to it. I thought this was just okay and was sad that I didn't love it.
Author: Noam Schpancer
Publisher: Henry, Holt, & Co. (Macmillan)
Pub. Date: August 3, 2010
This one is about a psychologist who takes on a new client with whom the professional boundaries become a little blurred. I truly don't remember much about this except that it looks like a super short book, but it is dense and the story is heavy! It is not a good book to sit down and plan to breeze through or to just enjoy a good story. I read this for the read-a-thon in April last year.. bad choice. That being said, it felt like in each chapter there was a lesson or moral to think about on a deep or psychological level. So for that reason I figured I'd return to this one day and use it as a way to test my brain a little and think, but I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.
Series: Alexandra Cooper #13
Author: Linda Fairstein
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Pub. Date: March 8, 2011
This is the 13th book in the series, but I'd heard good things about it so I decided to pick this one up. I remember feeling a little distracted with life stuff when I read this, so I may have enjoyed it more if I'd been more focused. Regardless, I still enjoyed it and plan on reading more in the series. Alexandra Cooper is the prosecutor in the sex crimes unit in Manhattan... if you know me then this is a "duh" that I'd be interested in this series. Silent Mercy starts out with people who are being murdered and found near churches. It's believed to be a result of hate crimes. I don't remember much else except that the ending was one of those like "wow, how did we get there??" kind of things. The next book in the series, Night Watch, comes out in July.