I present to you three books I have fallen in love with this fall. These are books that I am giving away from my own collection. Please note that these are not review copies. 


1. Boozehound by Jason Wilson:  To read Jason Wilson is to love Jason Wilson. Jason, the spirits columnist for the Washington Post, is one of the smartest writers I know. And in this eclectic collection he offers funny and opinionated essays on booze and recipes. I think this book is a great read and a perfect stocking stuffer for the boozelover in your life.






2. I have been a long time fan of Liza Donnelly so when her publisher sent me her book, I knew I was in for a treat. When do they serve the wine? is a terrifically funny book by long-time New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly. It is a hysterical look at what it means to be a woman in today's world. Donnelly not only offers insight, her cartoons make my days brighter! An excellent book by an woman who deserves to be placed on the pedestal! 






71u74VR4--L._AA300_3. Fits, Starts and Matters of the Heart- 
 This book is so close to my heart for so many reasons. First, it is a collection of 28 true stories, all about relationships, love and loss and features some of my most favorite essayists: Andrea King Collier, Denise Schipani, D. Cameron Lawrence, Jody Mace and so many more. And I am happy to say that one of my essays – all about my love of nutella  – made the collection. This is the PERFECT book for the season – curl up with this collection, a cup of tea and a you will be rewarded with exceptional writing, a great sense of gratitude and a yearning for more. What more can a book possibly deliver?






So folks – I am giving away ALL THREE  to one winner. All you have to do is tell me what your favorite book has been so far this Fall… Love to hear it.  Post your comment here on my blog. 

Deadline – October 26th 5:00 pm EST. 


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  1. The Hunger Games! A bit of a sadistic premise, but one of the best female characters I’ve encountered in years. The trilogy is truly addictive!

  2. My favorite book this fall? Tough choice. Does a children’s book count? I got Mo Willems latest Elephant and Piggie book, We Are In A Book, for my son. Actually, I was fortunate enough to have Willems sign it for him! My son laughs out loud when we read it–he goes into hysterics. I love it. And I love Mo Willems!

  3. My favorite book this fall has been ‘Special Topics in Calamity Physics’ by Marisha Pessl. It’s an adventure and a mystery with a heart of adolescent angst. Just a wonderful read full of laugh-out-loud moments perfect for the hopeless academics among us. Also – the first novel from this author!

  4. “Never Let Me Go.” I wanted to read it before seeing the movie but now am not sure I want to see the movie and risk ruining the book.

  5. My fav book so far is : The school of essential ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.
    It is very well written perfect recipe for escaping day-to- day stresses! If u havent read it…. U will really enjoy it Monica.

  6. I just finished reading – “In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love”. all the essays are super engaging. a fun read.


  7. Any one of the books by the late Stieg Larsson……I’m into mysteries. So sad we lost him so soon.

  8. I finally got around to reading The Secret Lives of Bees. Really beautiful….

  9. Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes, which transported me to a world of mud and choppers and shock and heartbreak of Marines at a firebase in Vietnam in 1969. Moving, heartbreaking, amazing, haven’t taken it all in yet. I want more books from him and more on Vietnam.

  10. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan! The book is written effortlessly and provides, through apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes, an ingenious “plant’s eye-view of the world”!

  11. My favorite latest read was “Water For Elephants”. A great story told from the perspective of a man from in a nursing home remembering his younger years. Fabulous read. I need to read her newest book too, which is “Ape House”

  12. My favorite read this year has been – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. She has divided the book into 12 chapters denoting 12 months of the year test driving all the age old wisdom. The book teaches you how to find joy in simple things in life with very easy priniples and research inputs which motivate your spirit and intellect. Do read it Monica, highly recommended!

  13. I’m an author, a voracious reader, former restaurant reviewer, an inveterate foodie.
    My favourite read this fall has been ‘Ants Nest Soup: the adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos’ by Natacha Du Pont de Bie. An engaging food-oriented adventure off the beaten track, which proved both tantalizing and charming.

  14. My favourite read this fall is an oldie. It’s Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block. It’s an airplane distaster/someone-else-has-to-land-it thrillers that’s very well-written.

  15. My last purchase from a local Friends of the Library was a yellowed,bent copy of A Room of One’a Own by Virginia Woolf. It has become my book for Fall (besides cookbooks). I should have read it 30 or 40 years ago!

  16. And the winner is Nancy McDermott!

    Please email me your addy!!!

  17. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Stunned by the story and still recovering…

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