Category: Light reads


How To Be Single

 

The most annoying questions for singles is “Why are you single” writes Liz Tucillo in her debut novel.

Julie Jenson is a single 38-year-old book publicist who opts once and for all to change her life for an adventure built around answering that question.

She quits her job, leaves Manhattan and jets to Paris, Rio, Bali and of course – the land of Sophia Loren, Rome – to see how women around the world deal with being single.

Author Liz Tucillo was co-author of the massive bestseller “He’s just not that into you”, and she attempts an “Elizabeth Gilbert” type of adventure. (Remember “eat, pray, love?”)

The difference is this book is a piece of fiction. Still it gives great insight into the lives of single women around the world, is a fun read and ultimately is less a gigantic moan about singlehood than it is a tribute to the humorous modern condition of single life.

Yes there are the bad dates, the fears and the fast waning hopes associated with being, and the sadness and the desperation, but that is what I liked about the book.

It managed to depict the reality of single life – the fascinating and the tired cranky side of a particular stage in life – with an unflinching honesty and a sense of humour, which is perhaps the best response to the question ” Why are you single?’

Starting Over by Tony Parsons

Policeman George Bailey is not kind to his body, he overloads it with junk food and the inevitable unfolds before our eyes.

George meets death but is given the chance to live his life over. After suffering a heart attack at the age of 42, George is given the heart of a 19 year old, and everything changes.

He becomes less a dad and more a friend to his teenage son and daughter, a lover to his wife, and soon he wants to change the world.

Slowly though the longing for life as he once knew it, creeps back into his life.

What would you do if you could reclaim your youth? Tony Parsons takes love and life in the modern world and presents a bittersweet reading of the dilemmas of the relationships and choices that accompany them.

The great thing about Tony Parson’s stories is they make us all feel that we are not alone as we all face growing older.

Parson works his magic, taking death, mid-life crises, an appreciation for adulthood and our intrinsic longing for a life well-lived and breathes life to the themes with believable, likeable characters. This is a book about important issues that does not take itself too seriously.

I really enjoy Parsons almost conversational style and thoughtful approach to difficult questions we all wrestle with about life and love.