Summer Reading (Book Reviews) Part One

Catherine McKenzie, “Spin” (Novel)

International Bestselling author Catherine McKenzie brings the laughs in her debut novel “Spin.” The novel follows the story of an aspiring journalist, Kate Sandford, who on the eve of landing an interview for her dream job at her favorite music magazine—The Line—has too many celebratory drinks and arrives late and drunk to the interview the following day. Remarkably she’s given a second chance in the guise of an undercover assignment; following “It Girl” Amber Sheppard into rehab. When the two develop a friendship Kate’s torn between journalistic stardom and betraying a friendship. McKenzie captures Kate’s strife with wit and humor. The book is an enjoyable fast-paced read and the perfect summer companion.

Sara Benincasa, “Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom” (Memoir)

Funny woman Sara Benincasa draws readers in with her clever and insightful look at the years she spent sequestered in her home as she battled crippling anxiety and depression. The writing is profound and surprisingly upbeat considering the subject matter. It’s Benincasa’s unique way of turning a shitty situation into comedic gold that makes this memoir truly unique. Benincasa subscribes to the notion that, “if you can laugh at the shittiest moments in your life, you can transcend them. And if other people can laugh at your awful shit as well, then I guess you can officially call yourself a comedian.”

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