maggie shipstead

Good Reads

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After perusing my reading list and considering the reviews, I settled on these two. I needed something to escape to before bedtime and on lazy afternoons and something I could jump right into during my daily break for lunch. Something to take my mind off of my to-do list and away from my inbox. I used to have this habit of always keeping a book in my bag so that on pretty days, I could enjoy my lunch in the park with a good story. But thinking back, that was a really long time ago when I was just starting out. Those old to-do lists pale in comparison to today’s jumble of brightly starred bullets and highlighted scribble fighting to declare top priority. With the weather warming up (wishful thinking?) and spring ahead, I thought I would try to resuscitate that old habit and enjoy some time outside. I’ll be sure to post reviews of each when I’m finished!

Seating Arrangements, from Barnes + Noble:

Maggie Shipstead’s irresistible social satire, set on an exclusive New England island over a wedding weekend in June, provides a deliciously biting glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved.

Winn Van Meter is heading for his family’s retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff.  Winn’s wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne’s sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father’s oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson’s best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life. 

Saturday Night, from Goodreads:

Twenty years ago, before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question: What makes Saturday night so special? To answer it, she embarked on a remarkable journey across the country and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places—hipsters in Los Angeles, car cruisers in small-town Indiana, coeds in Boston, the homeless in New York, a lounge band in Portland, quinceañera revelers in Phoenix, and more—to chronicle the one night of the week when we do the things we want to do rather than the things we need to do. The result is an irresistible portrait of how Saturday night in America is lived that remains.

So, what are you reading?

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