December's book suggestion
Looking forward to seeing your Bill Bryson posts shortly, but in the meantime you may wish to get ordering December's book. Helen S referred us ages ago to Radio 4's "Matron Lit" discussion. It was an interesting piece, and made the point that literature very specifically targeted at a particular group tended to be bad both for the literature and for the reader. I couldn't agree more. They contrasted this with some writers who, while often enjoyed by mature women, were not typecast/ing in this way. One was Anne Tyler, who's new to me, so I thought we might try her "Back When We Were Grownups". A modern, normal-length novel by a woman - I've done what I can to give you a contrast with the last two books!