EW Staff
October 17, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Jennifer Weiner, author of ”In Her Shoes” and ”Good in Bed,” recommends Susan Isaacs’ 1988 novel, ”Shining Through.”

”Shining Through” was made into a very bad movie. (Who, for the love of God, decided that Melanie Griffith could play a Jew?) Ignore that, and meet Linda Voss, the sharp-tongued cynic with a heart of toffee, an alcoholic mother, and a killer crush on her married boss (while, of course, Mr. Right is right under her nose). The story of how she manages to sort out her love life — and save the world from the Nazis in the process — is a thrilling tale that entertains and empowers at the same time.

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