"'In life I will go very far out of my way to avoid any possible conflict or argument, so it is a little surprising that in my essays I often seem to pick fights, and to offend or otherwise enrage people.'" She goes about her days this way, she explains: 'peaceably in person, fiercely on paper.'" In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays by Katie Roiphe
"My jaw literally dropped when Cecilia read the secret letter. Then I got to the end & it dropped some more." The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty. PInner writes: "Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still alive."
Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of 6 Friends Remaking Their Lives, Becky Aikman. Pinner writes: "Aikman, a widow, is too young to accept this role & struggles to make sense of her place in this new world. She forms a group w/ 5 other young widows to test unconventional ideas & strive to overcome adversity. Young widows are those unlucky people who have to make 2nd chances for themselves. This is a story of overcoming the unthinkable."
She Matters, A Life in Friendships ~ Susanna Sonnenberg. Pinner writes: "A book about the family we’re born into & the family we choose. It’s about a woman’s attempt to create healthy, satisfying friendships after a dysfunctional childhood & the universal lessons we can learn. It’s about heartbreak, disappointment, & happily, it’s about the rare & wonderful magic of life-changing, life-sustaining friendships & the powerful bonds between women. Give copies to the women who make you better."