Not only am I friends with a great number of books, I have a great number of friends with great books forthcoming. Forthwith!
First, it's my old POPsmear buddy, the New York Hack, Melissa Plaut's Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life, and Started Driving a Yellow Cab. It's just as great as her blog, but in easy-to-fondle book form! One blurber (okay, me) called it "[A] fast, funny, fascinating detour through issues of sex, class, and finding your life's purpose. Melissa Plaut is the Anthony Bourdain of cabbies." Which means: give her a show on the Travel Channel.
Next, it's Felicia Sullivan's hotly anticipated The Sky Isn't Visible from Here: A Daughter's Story, coming in February 2008. One blurber (okay, me) says, "An unforgettable story, breathtakingly told. This book will break your heart, and make it stronger." Nice, right? And that's just the blurb -- imagine how good the book itself is.
Available now, without all the pesky waiting -- Fiona Rosenbloom's comic novel for young adults, We Are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah, a worthy sequel to her smash debut, You Are SO Not Invited to my Bat Mitzvah, which one reviewer (okay, me), described as "funny and good-hearted." Much like Fiona herself.