One-Minute Book Reviews

February 14, 2007

A Great Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift for a Woman Who Likes ‘Chick Lit’

Filed under: Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 10:25 am

Looking for a great last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for a woman who likes — oh, accursed phrase! — “chick lit”? (As many critics have asked: Why don’t we call men’s novels “dick lit”?) Pick up The Big Love (Little, Brown/Back Bay, $12.95, paper), Sarah Dunn’s charming novel about a 32-year-old Philadelphia newspaper columnist and sexual late-bloomer that ends optiminstically about the possibility of love. This book has no connection to the HBO series with a similar name.

You may also want to check the “Novels” category on One-Minute Book Reviews for comments on three comic novels that make good gifts for a woman who loved Bridget Jones’s Diary: Wendy Holden’s Bad Heir Day, Simply Divine, and Farm Fatale. Holden is Fielding’s only true peer among British female satirists who write light social comedies, and while the quality of her later work has fallen off, these three early books are as delicious and fizzy as a Kir Royale.

Just a reminder, men: Books are not a substitute for flowers on Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s unfair that you have to give two gifts if one is a book. But that’s the way the world works today. So if you give any of these novels, you also need to pick up something on a stem. Any woman who visits this site is free to leave a comment that disagrees with this view. So if you don’t see those comments, you may safely assume that 100 percent of the known female world agrees with me on this one.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

4 Comments »

  1. Tempting books to be sure, but when it comes to books, my wife and I have an agreement: no books on Valentine’s Day. Flowers, wine, cards, and candy are fine. But books, I think not, for that’s where we’re the most likely to max out the credit cards. We prefer being tempted by other pleasures that are, by and large, less costly.

    Comment by knightofswords — February 14, 2007 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  2. The cost of books can get out of control, can’t it? One holiday season when I was the book editor of The Plain Dealer, the big news was a picture book of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings that cost $100. It was said to be the first $100 coffee-table book. You couldn’t even count the number of $100 volumes that have appeared since then. Sometimes when I look at the price on books, I think, “That must be in Canadian dollars.”

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 14, 2007 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  3. In our house- good quality dark chocolate is an acceptable substitute for flowers- but the book is a great idea.

    Comment by kinderny — February 15, 2007 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  4. I’m all for chocolate, too. There’s probably a small fortune waiting for a publisher that could find a way to package a great chocolate and a great book. Why haven’t any publishers thought of this?

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 15, 2007 @ 1:47 pm | Reply


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