Picture this: It’s Saturday afternoon. Breakfast has been properly enjoyed. Another pot of coffee has been put on. You’ve caught up on all your podcasts from the week before. You decide to pack a picnic of olives, cheese, maybe half a baguette left over, and a book and break for the park. Easy enough, until it comes to the act of actually choosing your afternoon accompaniment. Enter, this nifty quiz.
How does a critically acclaimed and tres subway popular pick sound? Any interest in a clever, irresistible novel about divorce, dating, and doctor (-ing, just go with the alliteration) written by one of the most exciting living writers? Would it help if I mentioned it all unfolded in the illustrious upper echelons of NEW YORK CITY?
Devour every article ever by Taffy, read Fleishman is in Trouble, and break for nothing short of medical emergency.
Miss binging watching What Not To Wear on stay home from school sick days? Are you wearing anything close to gingham or a drop waist? Do you own more than one striped shirt? If I said something was “French tucked” would you actually know what I meant?
Meet a delightful, deeply personal look at clothes and fashion, Women in Clothes.
Have you yet to make peace with how bad the film The Goldfinch turned out to be, despite our Lady Sarah Paulson’s best efforts? Are you in the mood for something massively spooky, preppy, and dripping in drama? Again, can you really handle the spookiness?
I’m thrilled to recommend one of my top five of all time novels, the one and only, The Secret History.
Has social media shrunk your attention span significantly? Or, do you have a deep rooted love and admiration for the classic art of the short story? Maybe a better question is, why am I trying to convince you to read Lorrie Moore?
Throw out your qualms this has anything to do with bird watching and dive right in to Birds of America.
Do personal essays make you weak in the knees? Optional, but do you have any interest in children who claim to have past life experiences? Are you familiar with the absolute force of masterful writing that is Leslie Jamison?
Do yourself a favor and drop everything to secure a copy of Make It Scream, Make It Burn.