A girl’s got to read, this all Clutchettes know. So, to help navigate the ever-expanding world of books, Uptown Literati is here to provide a weekly reading list. We’re a fresh, book blog for cool girls and great reads (check us out on our site [uptownliteratti.blogspot.com] and we’ll be dishing on what you need to be reading now: classic tomes, sassy fiction, juicy tell-alls and every type of paperback in between. Happy reading!
Who: American humorist and writer, David Sedaris.
What: Me Talk Pretty One Day is a darkly funny semi-autobiography. Sedaris’ collections of essays, which are essentially chapters in his life, navigate and expound upon his awkward childhood and trial-by-error attempts at adulthood.
Why: If you like your humor served up witty and sarcastic with a cynical twist then Me Talk Pretty One Day is just your flavor. Sedaris effortlessly makes you laugh at his way of seeing the world. Just be sure to apologize to the people staring at you from across the train later.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Who: Essence magazine editor Angela Burt-Murray along with authors Mitzi Miller and Denene Miller.
What: The trio’s second book together, novel The Vow, which peeks in at three single Black women desperately seeking Mr. Right in Los Angeles. To make matters worse for the friends, they only have a year to convince the IBM’s in their life to put a ring on it, after making a pact (i.e. “the vow”) to do so at a sorority sister’s wedding reception.
Why: This grown-and-sexy read may be about a group of friends, but a tired “single women seek love in the city” diatribe it ain’t. Burt-Murray, Miller, and Miller are careful to steer their characters away from trite single women stereotypes and focus on the most interesting relationships in the women’s lives: the friendship they share with each other. And, P.S., the movie version of this story is underway and stars Gabrielle Union!
Rating: 3.5 stars
Who: Sara Barron, American writer.
What: People Are Unappealing: Even Me –True Stories of Our Collective Capacity to Irritate and Annoy is a cheeky look at a Barron’s transition from girlhood to womanhood, and all the hilarious episodes that happen during the exchange. Barron writes with frank humor about the embarrassing moments that accompany family, dating, and sex.
Why: A quick and light read, Unappealing reads much like the diary of beloved childhood character Ramona Quimby after she’s grown up, turned thirty-five and had her share of odd dating adventures. There’s a story in here for every woman who’s had an embarrassing dating experience and lived to laugh about it later.
Rating: 3 stars
Who: Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus and translator Matthew Ward.
What: The Stranger, a novel that the writer created as an example of a then-new literary theory, is also a triumph of succinct storytelling. A lack of unnecessary embellishment and a fast-paced story create a rare, satisfying read.
Why: Although not your typical beach lit, one crux of this book is an Algerian beach murder, so the story of a simple man whose life is turned upside down after two deaths may actually be a nice addition to the Labor Day shopping list.
Rating: 4.5 stars