The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The long time best-seller that deserves it’s place on the list.  Rachel admires a young couple, everyday, from her seat in the train as the train passes by their house.  The woman suddenly goes missing and then begins the tale of their lives enmeshing in an unexpected way that involves Rachel’s ex husband, his current wife and the missing woman’s husband.  Essentially, a whodunit, but told in a brisk-paced, refreshing and engaging manner.  A page-turner, if there was one.  The time movements – the past and the present – worked out very well.  A good read indeed.

Recommendation: Must read.

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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Furiously Happy is a collection of essays from Jenny Lawson.  Most of them are LOL humorous anecdotes and her musings from her life.  However, they are interspersed with some about her struggle with mental illnesses.  It is an unusual combination – and a stark contrast – that works.  However, it is a paradox we are familiar with.  That the funniest people sometimes tend to be the saddest in their real lives.  Lawson makes a conscious effort not to be one – and hence the title of the book.  It is one of the funniest books I’ve read for a long time.  Her endless musings. paranoia and exaggerations create images and situations that are hilarious.

Recommendation: Must Read.