Susan Mallery writes books that make the world a happier place to live, about the relationships that are so important in women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Her latest book, The Friendship List, is one of the feel-good books of the summer, and Publishers Weekly says it’s a “sparkling novel.”
We caught up with Susan (virtually) to ask what books are keeping her entertained this summer. Here are a few of her recent reads, and why she loved them.
While researching an upcoming book, I read a lot of nonfiction about the wine life. This was the juiciest. (Pun intended.) Victoria James shares the inspiring story of how she overcame the obstacles of her childhood and misogyny to become a 21-year-old sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay
StoryCorps gets me in the heart every time with emotional real-life vignettes about a key turning point in a person’s life, told by the people who lived them, as told to someone they love. It’s almost as good as eavesdropping on the people at the next table in a restaurant.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Pure, irresistible rom-com at its finest! Olive is the unlucky twin, but when her sister gets food poisoning at her own wedding reception, it just might be the luckiest moment of Olive’s life because it means the prepaid honeymoon is up for grabs. The only catch is that she’ll have to pretend to be married to Ethan, her nemesis, for 10 luxurious days in Hawaii.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Although this book came out five years ago, it couldn’t be more timely. Maddy is allergic to the world and hasn’t left her house for 17 years. (Sound familiar?) But when an irresistible boy moves into the house next door, she has to decide whether staying safe is the same as being alive.
Susan Mallery, author of feel-good novels such as "The Friendship List," shares four books that have kept her intrigued and entertained this summer.