Driftwood by Elizabeth Dutton
For some reason, I thought this book was a memoir. I was really impressed how the author wrote her life story like a novel although I was irritated that I couldn’t think of a single song from the band mentioned in the book. Then I realized its NOT a biography- its a novel.
I love the plot of Driftwood: a young woman named Clementine Jasper, with no real job or sense of purpose sets out on a journey after her father, rock legend Tommy Jasper, dies. Using only the letters left behind from her father as guidance, she takes a road trip that gives her clarity about her father and herself. California comes alive as Clem drive through small towns and meets various people. She’s a fun main character, quirky and the story (not a memoir) is a quick read.
Delicious by Ruth Reichl
I know Ruth from watching Top Chef. This is the first book I have read of hers, I hear her other books are very good. This one is a novel with so many mouth watering details and little insider snippets, you feel like you are really immersed in the kitchen! I especially liked the cheese shop where the main character, Billie, meets an interesting group of people. If you love cooking, New York city, heartwarming characters, you will want to read this gem.
I read this book back in December and was waiting until the release date to post my review which is May (right around the corner)! I’m borrowing the synopsis from Amazon:
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.
To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer
You know Judy Greer, she’s been the best friend in countless comedies! She’s been in so many movies that even if her name doesn’t ring a bell, her face will.
This is her story, with humorous essays about what its like to be an actress. In the beginning chapters, Judy takes us through her childhood in Detroit, growing up and going to college, her career aspirations and little bits of Hollywood insider stuff- not the dirty gossip, but her own experiences. Its an entertaining book and Judy comes across as someone I’d be friends with in real life- down to earth, sweet, likable, and funny!