Bitter and Sweet...What Could Be Better?
Andrea’s most favorite books are those that have you laughing and crying...those bittersweet novels that you just can’t forget. These are the novels that make you say ahhhh when you’re finished, with tears in your eyes. Here are a few of her favorites.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
This was the book that first had me thinking about that special quality that a book can have where you laugh and cry. It’s my kind of story...somewhat magical, somewhat odd, urban, and about nonconformists who don't fit in. And about food. A sad story and a sweet read.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Funny, sweet and poignant. An Italian resort, an aging Hollywood star, an almost love affair. I laughed a lot and cried a little.
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
The two hour show that is the whole time-frame of the novel is fraught with pathos, anxiety, and occasionally humor. Dov Greenstein, the comedian who is performing in a basement bar in Israel, is not very good. But the uncovered story of his life leaves not only him, but also us, breathless. The writing is a tour-de-force that carries you through his performance to an understanding of the pain that leads to comedy.
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
A bittersweet story of a family finding their way with grace and humor. A book about remembering that you won’t soon forget.
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Funny, sad, deep, and magical. An amazing array of characters set against the backdrop of a 1960s Brooklyn housing project. Poignant, but also mysterious.In the end, I wept for a story well told and meaningful.