Surznick Reads: February 2017 - The Surznick Common Room

Friday, March 3, 2017

Surznick Reads: February 2017

Hey! Remember us? We accidentally took a month-long break and we're sorry for the radio silence around here. February was an amazing month - we welcomed our new baby niece, we visited England and Iceland, and WE GOT ENGAGED! (Yes, we have so much to tell you about!)

First, we're going to fill you in on what we read this month, but we'll be back next week with more about our trip (promise!)

Sarah's Reads!

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
From "Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. In 'The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,' three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In 'Hello Kitty,' a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In 'The Squirrel and the Chipmunk,' a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members. With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising."

So one of my goals in 2017 was to read 8 fiction books and 8 non-fiction books. To be honest, I put this book on my list thinking it was non-fiction, like every other Sedaris book I've read. Oops. I don't have many feelings on this - it was super quick and easy (I read it in a day or so), but it was nothing to write home about. Most of the tales are ones you already know, but with a Sedaris spin. I say take it or leave it!

My Rating: 3 Stars

Plan B by Jonathan Tropper
From "Turning thirty was never supposed to be like this. Ten years ago, Ben, Lindsey, Chuck, Alison, and Jack graduated from New York University and went out into the world, fresh-faced and full of dreams for the future. But now Ben's getting a divorce; Lindsey's unemployed; Alison and Chuck seem stuck in ruts of their own making; and Jack is getting more publicity for his cocaine addiction than his multimillion-dollar Hollywood successes. Suddenly, turning thirty - past the age their parents were when they were born, older than every current star athlete or pop music sensation - seems to be both more meaningful and less than they'd imagined ten years ago. Plan B, Jonathan Tropper's wonderful debut novel, is about more than friendship, love, celebrity, addiction, kidnapping, or even turning thirty - it's a heartfelt comic riff on what it means to be an adult against your will, to be single when you thought you'd have a family, to discover you are not, in fact, immortal, and to learn that Star Wars is as good a life lesson today as it was when you were six years old."

My first Tropper book was This Is Where I Leave You and I really, really loved it, so I was excited to pick up Plan B. It didn't quite stack up to This Is Where I Leave You, but I still liked it a lot. Each character has such a distinct personality where you can find facets of yourself. The plot is fun, interesting, and relatable - it's like a coming of age tale for 20-somethings. All in all, definitely a good read so pick it up if you see it!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Sarah & Nick


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