On an entirely different note, one of my all-time favourite girly reads was Bridget Harrison's TABLOID LOVE. I read this book the summer before moving to Ottawa to begin my undergrad in Journalism at Carleton (that didn't last long, but my love for this book sure did)! An important note is that this is a MEMOIR! Bridget Harrison is a real-life Carrie Bradshaw, sent from London, England to New York City to write for The New York Post. Her other side is undoubtedly Bridget Jones. In a new place, thousands of miles from her home and her fiance, Bridget proceeds to ROYALLY mess up her own life. Though she makes mistakes in this novel, I felt for her -- and believe me, this is not a completely light read. Harrison reported on the attack on the twin towers in 2001 and the passages from that time period are heart-wrenching. She was even publicly called out for detailing the innermost secrets of her relationship with the main man of the book. After the books publication, he expressed extreme sadness in her exposure of their relationship within the text. Harrison responded with an article stating that although their moments were precious and personal, they were a large part of her life, which this book documents. It was fascinating, hilarious and heart-breaking. An absolutely wonderful story.
Another old favourite is Diane Schoemperlen's AT A LOSS FOR WORDS. This book, written in the second person perspective, is the narrative of an older women, once abandoned by her lover in her early twenties and giving him a second shot multiple years down the road. This novel is called a "post-romantic novel", which can pretty much tell you that it is not a heart-warming story -- however I could not put it down and loved the fresh take Schoemperlen took on her narrative. This book also houses one of my all time favourite quotes -- EVER.
"Many times I've googled you, and I've found that, in addition to your usual self, you are also an evangelical pastor who writes hymns and other sacred songs, a bookseller specializing in fantasy fiction, a collector of Civil War firearms, the owner of an asphalt company, the owner of an antique store, the vice president of a communications corporation, a risk analysis consultant, a jazz saxophonist, a forensic accountant, a disc jockey, a filmmaker, a Web designer, an oncologist, a psychiatrist, a criminal lawyer, and a high school football coach. You are also a street in Seattle, a road in Wyoming, a hiking trail in Oregon, a lake in New Mexico, and a mountain in Alaska.
One in a million?
I guess not."
BAM! That is how I feel every time I read that quote, which remains post-noted in my edition of the book. Such an interestingly written novel. Short and bittersweet -- I loved this little book. (Oh, AND she's Canadian!)
There are many other books I wanted to include in this post, so for now, we will just call it part one. Stay tuned!