female friendship

Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson

 Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator. In their polite acts of sabotage and ruthless jockeying for the position of cultural arbiter Mapp and Lucia tear up the conventions of drawing-room bridge evenings as their deadly weapons. Things finally come to a head with Miss Mapp's audacious attempt to steal her rival's celebrated Lobster a la Riseholme. E.F. Benson's charming satrical bent turns the pretensions and snobberies of English village life into a vicious comedy.

Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols

First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

Few aristocratic English families of the twentieth century enjoyed the glamorous notoriety of the infamous Mitford sisters. Nancy Mitford's most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, satirize British aristocracy in the twenties and thirties through the amorous adventures of the Radletts, an exuberantly unconventional family closely modelled on Mitford's own. The Radletts of Alconleigh occupy the heights of genteel eccentricity, from terrifying Lord Alconleigh (who, like Mitford's father, used to hunt his children with bloodhounds when foxes were not available), to his gentle wife, Sadie, their wayward daughter Linda, and the other six lively Radlett children. Mitford's wickedly funny prose follows these characters through misguided marriages and dramatic love affairs, as the shadow of World War II begins to close in on their rapidly vanishing world.

If You Like Amy Tan...

If you like strong female characters with a sense of adventure such as the women featured in Amy Tan's stories, may we suggest...

Beautiful ruins: a novel by Jess Walter

The inheritance of loss by Kiran Desai

Beside a burning sea by John Shors

Daughter's keeper by Ayelet Waldman

The round house by Louise Erdrich

The madonnas of Leningrad: a novel by Debra Dean

If You Like Happy Endings

If you like romance, happy endings, and ongoing stories like Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street or Emily March's Eternity Springs series try…

Little night [large print] by Luanne Rice

Coming home [large print] by Karen Kingsbury

Larkspur Cove [Large print] by Lisa Wingate

Blame it on Texas [Large print] by Cathy Gillen Thacker

From thin air [Large print] by Carolyn Brown

What We're Reading July 2012

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