Month: June 2010

Review: Sima’s Undergarments for Women

Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross is one of the handful of books I picked up at Book Expo America. The rep from Penguin Publishing described it as a quirky little book. That’s exactly what it is, and another book I’d nominate as a beach read (boy, is there a bumper crop of those this year – that or I’m reading a lot more fiction). The book is about Sima Goldner, a middle aged woman who owns a lingerie shop in the basement of her Brooklyn home. The story gets moving when she hires a beautiful Israeli woman, Timna, as her seamstress. Having a gorgeous young woman in her shop forces Goldner (or at least Ilana Stranger-Ross in telling the story) to revisit her infertility, and how that one thing she couldn’t do – have children – has dominated her life, torn apart her marriage and put a big black…

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Review: Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz

I’ve written about a lot of beach books coming out this year – fantastic reads that I’d recommend again. But they’ve all been trumped by Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz, which I’m naming my top beach read of the summer. If you’re going down the shore for a week in August, get this, and plan to be stuck in your beach chair. It’s about Robert Vishniak, a boy from Northeast Philadelphia who dreams of more – much more than his working class parents, in their tiny row home and penny pinching ways, could ever dream of offering him. He’s the first in his family to go to college, which should be a good thing, but he ends up chasing the one thing his parents didn’t have: money. The novel is about how that one specific drive for that one thing can direct one man’s life – well, two, if you…

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