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Saturday, January 21, 2017

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading #109 - 118


In honor of today's women's marches around the world, I continue my list of 365 Groovy Books Worth Reading featuring 10 female authors (in random order). Click here for the previous 108 books - and click on a title for more information or to purchase a copy:

109) Hollywood Wives (1983) by Jackie Collins
This best-selling novel was adapted into a 1985 ABC miniseries starring Candice Bergen and Joanna Cassidy, and Collins went on to write four other "Hollywood" books - Hollywood Husbands (1986), Hollywood Kids (1994), Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (2001) and Hollywood Divorces (2003).


110) Then Again, Maybe I Won't (1971) by Judy Blume
Many years ago I enjoyed reading this young adult novel about a boy going through puberty.


111) Heartburn (1983) by Nora Ephron
This semi-autobiographical novel, which was inspired by Ephron's marriage to and divorce from journalist Carl Bernstein, became a 1986 Mike Nichols film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.


112) Harriet the Spy (1964) by Louise Fitzhugh
This classic children's novel about an 11-year-old aspiring writer in New York City was made into a 1996 film starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell and Eartha Kitt.


113) To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was made into a 1962 film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a widowed Alabama lawyer raising two young children.


114) At Wit's End (1967) by Erma Bombeck
From 1965 until her death in 1996, Ms. Bombeck wrote over 4,000 humorous newspaper columns about her life as a suburban housewife and mother, and this book (which my mother bought) was the first published collection of her work.


115) Fun Home (2006) by Alison Bechdel
This graphic memoir chronicles the cartoonist's childhood and her relationship with her closeted gay father, and it was eventually adapted into a stage musical that won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical.


116) White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith
Proclaimed as "the first great novel of the new century" (San Francisco Chronicle), Smith's dazzling debut as an author deals with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations.


117) The Front Runner (1974) by Patricia Nell Warren
This love story between a running coach and his star athlete was the first contemporary gay novel to reach The New York Times Best Seller list.


118) Peyton Place (1956) by Grace Metalious
This controversial bestseller shocked America with its tale of secrets, sex and hypocrisy in a small New England town, and it spawned two feature films, Peyton Place (1957) and Return to Peyton Place (1961), a 1964-69 ABC drama, Peyton Place, a 1972-74 NBC soap opera, Return to Peyton Place, and two TV movies, Murder in Peyton Place (1977) and Peyton Place: The Next Generation (1985).

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