San francisco chroniclethe national bestseller and inspiration for the major motion picture starring Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson!Called "stylish. Refreshing. Genuinely wise” by the new york times book review, money, this delightful comedy of manners and morals, and murder follows smart, marriage, and impeccably dressed American Isabel Walker as she lands in Paris to visit her stepsister Roxy, sexy, a poet whose marriage to an aristocratic French painter has assured her a coveted place in Parisian society—until her husband leaves her for the wife of an American lawyer.
Le MariagePlume #ad - Like jane austen, Johnson delights in the worldly rituals surrounding courtship and marriage. As tim, a pair of american antique dealers, and one amorous member of the local gentry converge on the director's chateau, Anne-Sophie, the director's wife—a former actress—is accused of desecrating a national monument.
Add to that a disappearing american; a hunting contretemps; a wrongful arrest; and murder, and you have this sexy, stylish, delight of a novel that celebrates the paradoxes of marriage and morality as they are perceived on both sides of the Atlantic. Filled with the author's pithy insights and hilarious asides, Le Mariage is Diane Johnson at her very best.
Le Mariage #ad - She is a philosopher as much as a novelist. The new yorkerfrom the author of the acclaimed bestseller and national book award finalist le divorce, an american journalist hot on the trail of a breaking story: The theft of a valuable illuminated manuscript from a private collection in New York, a sparkling comedy of manners once again set in the world of Americans in ParisAnne-Sophie is a young Frenchwoman engaged to Tim Nolinger, which may now be in the possession of a reclusive film director living on the outskirts of Paris.
L'AffairePlume #ad - She starts her quest in a glamorous resort in the French Alps, amid an assortment of aristocrats and ski enthusiasts. But when two of the hotel’s guests are swept away by an avalanche, Adrian’s children—young, American, legitimate, old, illegitimate—assemble to protect their interests, feuding under the competing laws of the British, and French systems.
Amy, already suspect because she is American, steps in to assist, customs, and unintentionally sets in motion a series of events that spotlight ancient national differences, and laws. Filled with love, death, sex, and travel, L’Affaire is National Book Award finalist Diane Johnson at her very best. Johnson is more droll than henry James, to whom she's been compared, and she's as witty as a modern-day Voltaire.
L'Affaire #ad - Vraiment, perhaps, a palo alto girl who made herself a dot-com fortune, goes to France to get a sheen of sophistication and, L'Affaire, c'est irresistible!”—Publishers WeeklyAmy Hawkins, to have an affair that will ruffle her all-too-steady heart.
Lulu in MarrakechPlume #ad - While spending her days poolside among Europeans in villas staffed by maids in abayas, and her nights at lively dinner parties, Lulu observes the fragile and tense coexistence of two cultures. It's the perfect cover for her assignment for the CIA: tracing the flow of money from well-heeled donors to radical Islamic groups.
Johnson weaves a dazzling tale in the great tradition of works about naïve Americans abroad, with a fascinating new assortment of characters as well as witty and timely observations on the political and sexual complexities between Islamic and Western culture. But beneath the surface of this polite expatriate community lies a sinister world laced not only with double standards, but double agents.
Lulu in Marrakech #ad - Timely and provocatively incorrect. Oprah. Com mysteries every thinking woman should readthe two-time pulitzer prize and three-time National Book Award-nominated author of Le Divorce returns with a mesmerizing novel of double standards and double agents Now, Diane Johnson brilliantly exposes the manners and morals of the cultural collision between Islam and the West.
Lulu sawyer arrives in marrakech, hoping to rekindle her romance with a worldly Englishman, Morocco, Ian Drumm.
The Dud Avocado New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - A smart, funny classic about a young and beautiful American woman who moves to Paris determined to live life to the fullest. The dud avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, the dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.
I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado. It made me laugh, and guffaw which, scream, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm. Groucho marx "the dud Avocado is one of the best novels about growing up fast. The guardian. Edith wharton and henry james wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking.
Flyover Lives: A MemoirPlume #ad - Now having traveled widely and lived part-time in Paris for many years, she is stung when a French friend teases her about Americans’ indifference to history. A vivid. Splendid. The new york times book review growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of venturing off to see the world—and did.
. As johnson pays tribute to her deep Midwestern roots, she captures the perpetual tug-of-war between the magnetic pull of home and our lust for escape and self-invention. Could it be true? the j’accuse haunts diane and inspires her to dig into her family’s past, working back from the Friday night football of her youth to the adventures illuminated in the letters and memoirs of her stalwart pioneer ancestors—beginning with a lonely young soldier who came to America from France in 1711.
Flyover Lives: A Memoir #ad - As enchanting as her bestselling novels, Flyover Lives is a moving examination of identity and the “wispy but material” family ghosts who shape us. Quest for roots.
They May Not Mean To, But They Do: A NovelSarah Crichton Books #ad - But families don’t just grow, joy, molly and Daniel, and the clan’s matriarch, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, they grow old, would have wished. They may not mean to, but they Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together. When joy’s beloved husband dies, molly and daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days.
And they didn’t count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids. The new york times–bestselling author cathleen schine has been called “full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to Jane Austen’s own” The New York Review of Books, profound, and she is at her best in this intensely human, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family.
They May Not Mean To, But They Do: A Novel #ad - . From one of america’s greatest comic novelists, ex-in-laws, growing as it incorporated in-laws, a hilarious new novel about aging, loneliness, and loveThe Bergman clan has always stuck together, family, and same-sex spouses.
On Turpentine LaneMariner Books #ad - Light and tight, On Turpentine Lane is constructed with an almost scary mastery. New york times book Review “A diverting delight. People “lipman has a way of crafting books so utterly charming that you want to set up residence inside them…On Turpentine Lane quickly becomes a friend. Seattle times at thirty-two, faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater.
Elinor lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On turpentine lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems.
On Turpentine Lane #ad - A light but serious antidote to what ails us all these days. Washington post “delightful! I read it in one day—truly a peak reading experience. Every page was packed with wonders. Maria Semple. And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he’s Chagall.
It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. What good fortune, collegial Nick Franconi, that Faith has found a friend in affable, then, officemate par excellence .
Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy Phoenix FictionUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - Randall jarrell’s classic novel was originally published to overwhelming critical acclaim in 1954, forging a new standard for campus satire—and instantly yielding comparisons to Dorothy Parker’s razor-sharp barbs. Is less a novel than a series of poisonous portraits, set pieces, and endlessly quotable put-downs.
. Extraordinary to think that ‘political correctness’ was so deliciously dissected 50 years ago. Noel malcolm, sunday Telegraph“A sustained exhibition of wit in the great tradition. It’s a remarkable book. Robert penn warren“Move over Dorothy Parker. Not only ‘a unique and serious joke-book, ’ as Lowell called it, but also a meditation made up of epigrams.
Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy Phoenix Fiction #ad - Michael Wood. Like his fictional nemesis, jarrell cuts through the earnest conversations at Benton College—mischievously, but with mischief nowhere more wicked than when crusading against the vitriolic heroine herself. A most literate account of a group of most literate people by a writer of power. A delight of true understanding.
Wallace stevens“i’m greatly impressed by the real fun, the incisive satire, the closeness of observation, and in the end by a kind of sympathy and human warmth.
The BlessingVintage #ad - Drawing on her own years in paris and her long affair with a Frenchman, Mitford elevates cultural and romantic misunderstandings to the heights of comedy. But it is the discovery of her husband’s french notion of marriage—which includes a permanent mistress and a string of casual affairs—that sends Grace packing back to London with their “blessing, ” young Sigismond, in tow.
The blessing is one of nancy mitford’s most personal books, a wickedly funny story that asks whether love can survive the clash of cultures. When grace allingham, goes to live in france with her dashingly aristocratic husband Charles-Edouard, a naïve young Englishwoman, she finds herself overwhelmed by the bewilderingly foreign cuisine and the shockingly decadent manners and mores of the French.
The Blessing #ad - While others urge the couple to reconcile, little Sigi—convinced that it will improve his chances of being spoiled—applies all his juvenile cunning to keeping his parents apart.
Waisted: A NovelAtria Books #ad - Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, discovered early that only slimness earns admiration. The catch? they must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary. But the women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. In this “big-hearted triumph of a novel” carolyn pankhurst, New York Times bestselling author for fans of Jennifer Weiner, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.
Alice and daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, husbands, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability. Until they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Waisted: A Novel #ad - Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight. The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote vermont mansion, and alice, dramatic weight loss, Daphne, the program promises fast, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.