The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
I’m most excited about this one, though it seems to be flying a bit under the radar. It’s about a Chicago couple that splits after thirty years of marriage because the wife is obsessed with food and morbidly obese.
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Kinda like High Fidelity, except it really is all his fault.
Grace by Grace Coddington
I don’t usually read non-fiction, but I’ll make an exception for Grace Coddington. Often referred to as Anna Wintour’s sidekick, I think she’s actually the more interesting of the two.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Another High Fidelity comparison – two long-time friends own a flailing record shop (this is where the HF comparison ends) while their wives run a midwifery. Just a little something from a former Pulitzer Prize winner.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A meta-physical thriller set in a bookstore. I love the author’s bio enough to give it a try – “Robin Sloan grew up in Michigan and now splits his time between San Francisco and the Internet.”
Dear Life by Alice Munro
I have a few things to say to life, myself, but in the meantime I’ll read this collection of stories, set in the countryside and towns around Lake Huron, about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.