Can we please shift the focus away from actresses' bodies and onto their bodies of work? Melissa McCarthy, for one, deserves better
''Skyhorse's memoir is a West Coast version of Augusten Burroughs' Running With Scissors. Both boys were at the mercy of outrageous mothers who dazzled their sons with their wild sense of drama.''
''What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. At least that's the verbal handshake delivered in most Sin City stories. But then Laura McBride's stirring first novel, We Are Called to Rise, set in suburban planned developments and trash-strewn rough neighborhoods, is unlike any Vegas tale I've ever read, mostly because it's about the ordinary people who call it home.''
''The Catskills, 1982. A young girl in a cranberry-wine bridesmaid dress witnesses a murder-suicide in room 712 of the old Hotel Bellweather. Fifteen years later that tender child, Minnie now grown into a nervous, reclusive woman returns to the scene of the crime along with hundreds of amped high school musicians participating in the annual Statewide festival.''
''Sen. Elizabeth Warren's memoir which covers her modest Oklahoma roots as the daughter of a telephone operator and a maintenance man, her steely battles against big banking's Too Big to Fail mentality, and her victory in Massachusetts achieves what political memoirs rarely do.''