David Lebovitz still makes me laugh out loud, although instead of a humorous tour through The Sweet Life in Paris, L'Appart chronicles some serious disasters with creating his Paris home. A less determined Americáin would have walked away, but Lebovitz makes croissants aux amandes (day-old croissants, rebaked and filled with almond paste).
I read The Gatekeepers to read a Jen Lancaster novel. After reading her memoirs, I can hear her voice in each of the characters: "Ask me how I know" is Lancaster's refrain, and one of her character's. I prefer the memoirs, but I appreciate the subject of teen suicide in high academic pressure communities. I grew up in a community like that, and it seems like it's only gotten worse since. I hope more people read the book, and it deserves a new edition without the numerous typos.
Crimes Against a Book Club has a clever twist and headings at the beginning of each chapter reference the characters' favorite books. I finished it in one sitting.