I realize that I am likely the only one who monitors our book poll like it was the NYSE, but, yes, I track it closely enough that I pretty much could tell you at any time which book is winning. Not this go-round, though: The lead changes from moment to moment, it seems. As I post, only three votes separate the two leaders. I love a race like this! [Cough, *nerd*.] If you haven’t voted yet, the poll is open until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, December 18.
Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Greg Lawrence
After Jackie O’s second husband died in 1975, she embarked on her first real job in 22 years. More than 100 colleagues and friends of hers celebrate what turned out to be a highly successful career—working with authors from Diana Vreeland to George Plimpton to Michael Jackson—as a book editor.
Ava’s Man, by Rick Bragg
The celebrated author of All Over but the Shoutin’ spins the story of his grandfather, a hard-living, hardworking man who found a way to raise seven children in Depression-era Appalachia. And though he was illiterate, he insisted his wife, Ava, read the newspaper to him every day.
Then Again, by Diane Keaton
The legendary actress paints a vivid portrait of her life: her struggles with an eating disorder, her complicated relationship with her mother (she had access to thousands of pages of her mother’s journals), and her relationships with Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino, admitting she never married because of her affinity for men such as these “unattainable greats.”
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
Interjecting hilarious and self-deprecating observations on life, love, and friendship, the comedienne chronicles her life from child of immigrants to unknown Off-Broadway playwright and performer to comedy writer and actress best known for The Office. Prepare to learn why not to peak in high school, plus proper karaoke etiquette.