Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple. Semple is the author of the standout novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (2012), which followed teenager Bee on the journey of a lifetime to find her troubled, talented mother, who has disappeared. (By the way, I highly recommend it.) In her new novel, Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.
Paris for One, and Other Stories, by JoJo Moyes. Moyes (Me Before You, After You, etc) treats fans to the title novella and eight short stories in this collection, just right for curling up at the end of the day with a warm drink to unwind. (Yes, I'm an optimist, I can't help it. Sounds good though, doesn't it?) Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away—to anywhere—before. Traveling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? The collection is rounded out with stories equally funny and charming, what critics are calling vintage Moyes.