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Sunday June 29, 2008

Our fave picks

HERE are some best-selling examples of the chick lit genre. For those who have yet to dip a toe into this happy world, these titles would make a good introduction.

To further tempt you, Kinokuniya Bookstores at Suria KLCC is offering a discount on its chick lit titles. See below for details.

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (ISBN: 978-0385338998): This huge best-seller was made into a hit movie starring Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant. Bridget Jones’ Diary is, arguably, the epitome of chick lit. Its protagonist is Bridget Jones, a 30something single woman in London who keeps a diary detailing her life, weight losses and gains, alcohol units, cigarettes and her agonising yet hilarious experiences with men.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger (ISBN: 978-0007262717): This current hot favourite was written by the woman who gave us the deliciously witty and wicked The Devil Wears Prada (also made into a hit movie). In this one, three busy, rich, and fabulous best friends who find themselves on the cusp of 30 and – horrors! – unhappy decide to change their lives, in the most personal and dramatic ways, and within the shortest time: one year.

Gucci Gucci Coo by Sue Margolis (ISBN: 978-0385338998): The cutesy title is appropriate for a heart-lightening story about bodies, and babies, and other unexpected things. Rudy Silverman, owner of an exclusive baby boutique, feels her life spiralling out of control when her 50-year-old mother announces she’s pregnant, her handsome doctor boyfriend leaves, and baby brokering is the only way to avoid a major scandal.

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella (ISBN: 978-0593053904): The Shopaholic author returns with the same wicked humour and delicious charm but a new protagonist in a hilarious and life-changing predicament. Waking up three months after a car accident, 28-year-old Lexi Smart finds herself without the crooked teeth, frizzy hair, and loser boyfriend that she remembers. Instead, she’s a beautiful businesswoman now, with everything going for her ... until reality rudely intrudes once again.

Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell (ISBN: 978-0349121161): The grand mummy of chick lit gave us words like “modelizer” and “toxic bachelor” as well as a beloved TV series that has just made it to the big screen. For those of you who didn’t turn the TV on in the last decade, meet Carrie and her girl friends Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. Together, they explore life, love, and mating habits in New York City, and find out that the best things in their lives – apart from their Jimmy Choos, of course – are each other’s loyalty and friendship.

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern (ISBN: 978-0007233687): Cecelia Ahern, best-selling author of PS, I Love You, once again charms with a heart-warming story that proves true love never dies. Becoming telepathically connected after a blood transfusion, two strangers seem to always run into each other in the most bizarre places and moments ... think Fate is trying to tell them something?

The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill (ISBN: 978-0099524885): Career, relationships, marriage ... every woman knows that juggling all of it is a Herculean task. If you are in need of empathy while keeping all the balls in the air, read this chaotic tale of hapless Lucy who hasn’t quite mastered the art of being a domestic goddess.

This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (ISBN: 978-0718149130): Another classic from a beloved author. Four different women all fall for the unusual and deadly charm of the same man and find themselves breaking hearts and altering the courses of their lives as they struggle to decide what is most important to them.


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