Mother’s Day in The Publishing World

I took a brief break from changing out with my sweet family today to check my Facebook feed and I noticed some of my favorite publishing houses took time out to celebrate Mother’s Day.

1.  Little, Brown and Company had a great campaign called What are LB Moms Reading? Click here to check out what the Little, Brown and Company moms are reading. (Image courtesy of Little, Brown and Company.)


2. William Morrow shared a hilarious video made by What’s Up Moms in collaboration with Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes. See it below:

3. Simon and Schuster gave a sweet shout out to Moms on their Facebook page.

4. On Penguin’s blog author A.M. Homes shared an essay about being both a mother and daughter on Mother’s Day. Click here to check it out.

5. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group has a super cute set of printable, Mother’s Day themed bookplates up on their website.

Feel free to leave a link in the comments if you wrote about Mother’s Day this week.:)


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The Great Gatsby: How Do The Stars Measure Up To Their Fictional Counterparts?

I ignore most of the promotional emails I receive. However, as I’m obsessed with the Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, I couldn’t resist sharing this infographic sent to me by Keith Harrison. Keith is a designer who recently finished up this project with The infographic below shows some interesting similarities between a few of the actors (Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire) and the characters ,created by The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, they portray in the film.
Living in Gatsby's World

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Mandy’s Blogger Book Club Link Up: Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose

I am so excited to put up the linky for the Fall/Winter Mandy’s Blogger Book Club selection! If you have a blog, feel free to link up your review of Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose below. You are welcome to participate even if you didn’t receive a free copy of the book from me. Please remember to link back to this post at the beginning or end of your review, so everyone can join in the fun and read the posted reviews. If you discuss Mandy’s Blogger Book Club and/or Sad Desk Salad on Twitter, be sure to use the #MBBCWRW hashtag. If you have trouble installing your post in the linky, let me know and I’ll make sure it’s included. (If you happen to notice a link to your review is already in the linky, it’s because yours truly put in a few of the links that were tweeted at me.)


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Best Memoirs of 2012

Over the past year I have read lots of really great memoirs. However, being the voracious reader that I am, I don’t always have time to write about what I read. The following is a list of the Best Memoir of 2012. A few of them I didn’t have time to review on The Well-Read Wife but take my word for it: These books are wonderful. Some will make you laugh. Others will make you cry. A couple of really special ones will have you laughing through tears. 

The following books are in no particular order. Click on the title to see my review if applicable.

1. Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa, 272 pages, Published by William Morrow

From My Review: “Humorous memoir is my favorite genre (any book with hot and/or sad/ sparkly vampires being a distant second), and I read pretty much every humorous memoir written by a woman that comes out. However, I don’t write about all of them. I only write about the ones that I really enjoy. The ones that make me laugh out loud, cringe, and cry at all the right moments. Agorafabulous by Sara Benincasa is one of those books. Pitch perfect and wickedly funny, Sara had me laughing along with her story of her troubled early years.”

2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, 336 pages, Published by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam

From My Review: “To say I loved Jenny’s Lawson’s new memoir Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is an understatement. If I were the type of book blog that had a ratings system, I would give her ten million gold stars and one humanely deceased, taxidermied unicorn head mounted on a purple plaque. That’s how much I loved this memoir.”

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, 240 pages, Published by Three Rivers Press

Why this is a must read: Mindy’s awkward junior high/high school years had me laughing to myself. I also loved hearing about her pre-Office days in NYC working at a staffer on a show with a popular TV psychic and what eventually prompted her and her roommate to come up with the idea for the play Matt and Ben.

4. I Never Promised You A Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events–the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don’t by Jennifer Gilbert, 224 pages, Published by Harper

Why this is a must read: Jennifer Gilbert is many things: Extremely Successful. Beautiful. Smart. Above all of those things she is a survivor. Jennifer survived a brutal attack at age twenty-two. Her story of how she fought to not let this tragic event define her life is an inspiring read that had me rooting for Jennifer at every turn. I read it when I was going through a really hard time with my own diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (aka PTSD). Jennifer talks a bit about her own struggle with PTSD in her book, and it gave me hope during a really dark time in my life. Thank you Jennifer for providing a light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂

5. Girl Walks Into A Bar…Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch, 272 pages, Published by Gotham Books

Why this is a must read: I expected many things from Rachel Dratch’s memoir. First and foremost I expected to laugh. Rachel Dratch is one of my favorite former SNL cast members, and she did not disappoint in the laughs department. However, I did not expect this book to make me cry. And oh my goodness, I cried buckets during the last few chapters. Rachel’s story of having a surprise baby late in life is inspirational and deeply heartfelt. I hope Rachel writes another memoir. Her memoir was one of the highlights of my year in books.


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Best Books of 2012

It’s that time of year again. It seems like just yesterday I posted my Best Books of 2011 picks and my Book of The Year selection, and it’s already time for the Best Books of 2012 list here at The Well-Read Wife.

The following are my 10 favorite books of 2012. Click the title to see my review of the book. These are in no particular order.

1. Love Slave by Jennifer Spiegel, 304 pages, Published by Unbridled Books

From My Review: “Spiegel does an awesome job of capturing the essence of the 1990s. From the clothes to the music to the general attitude of the time period, reading the book made me feel young again.”

2. Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, 157 pages, Published by Bloomsbury USA, UK edition published by And Other Stories

From My Review:Swimming Home is about what happens when you allow a stranger in to unravel the seams of an already deteriorating family structure.”

3. Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer), 224 pages, Published by Da Capo Press

From My Review: “The laughs literally do. not. stop. I started underlining the jokes and funny references throughout the book and quickly realized I was marking up the entire book.”

4. Spin by Catherine McKenzie, 432 pages, Published by William Morrow Paperbacks

From My Review: “If Bridget Jones’s Diary and High Fidelity had a literary baby, the result would be Spin.”

5. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice, 416 pages, Published by Knopf

From My Review: ” Fun, dreamy, and thought provoking – The Wolf Gift leads readers on a journey as told through the eyes of Reuben Golding, a young reporter who after being bitten by a strange beast is undergoing a terrifying transformation.”

6. Overseas by Beatriz Williams, 464 pages, Published by Putnam

From My Review: “I really hope Beatriz Williams writes another book in the world of Overseas. It was one of those books that made me sigh when I finished it, because I didn’t want it to end. Readers who enjoy stories of romance against the odds such as The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger will devour Overseas by Beatriz Williams.”

7. The Angel by Tiffany Reisz, 416 pages, Published by Harlequin MIRA

From My Review: “If you are looking for Erotic Fiction with a literary touch, Reisz is the author for you. Nora is not only sexy and adventurous but she is also smart with a biting wit…and whip. The Original Sinners is the most exciting and original Erotic Fiction series out there…”

8. Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose, 304 pages, Published by William Morrow Paperbacks

I haven’t had time to publish my review of this one yet. But I think it’s pretty obvious that I think everyone on planet Earth should read this smart, witty book about a blogger dealing with an overbearing boss, an anonymous hate blog that’s targeting her, and ethical issues regarding her work: It’s the Mandy’s Blogger Book Club Fall/Winter selection.

9. The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye, 304 pages, Published by Unbridled Books

From My Review:I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Geye’s debut novel Safe From The Sea and his follow up surpasses the magnificence of his debut. The Lighthouse Road once again displays Geye’s immense talent for making the setting of the novel an element as important and fascinating as the characters themselves.”

10. Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, 400 pages, Published by Ballantine

From My Review: “Alice Buckle is one of the wittiest and most earnest heroines I have encountered in contemporary fiction. I highly recommend Wife 22.”

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