During my time off to deal with endometriosis bizness, a woman I really admire who also has endo told me to read Hilary Mantel's memoir. She's since become famous for being the woman behind such historical fiction juggernauts as Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, but this book is a highly personal account of the way her undiagnosed endometriosis nearly wrecked her life and marriage, but ultimately made way for the novelist who now rules over England. Full of perfect details of the British countryside, a kind of damp sadness looms over this perceptive-- and, for me, therapeutic-- account of chronic pain and where we put it.
Eligible combines two things I love (Jane Austen and Curtis Sittenfeld) with one thing I don't really care about (The Bachelor), and the result is insanely readable and a total delight. Eligible is Sittenfeld's modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Austen's English classic has been transported to 21st Century Ohio, where protagonist Liz Bennet is a single magazine writer in her late 30s and her suitor Darcy is a caustic surgeon with a heart of gold. There's a subplot where the entire Bennet clan appears on a lightly fictionalized version of the Bachelor, and the whole thing is just frothy good fun. I've loved Sittenfeld's books since her debut, Prep, more than a decade ago, and her work seems to become more joyful with each passing year.