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Continued: Summer books: 5 paperbacks you must read--and then ten more.

  • Article by: LAURIE HERTZEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 1, 2014 - 8:06 AM

Hilarious and satirical, Kevin Kwan’s first novel is about a young American woman who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. There she finds herself in a sea of opulence underscored by culture clash. It’s really very funny.

“Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm,” by Mardi Jo Link. (Vintage, 258 pages, $15.)

It would be fun to be broke and divorced if you could be broke and divorced the way Mardi Jo Link was: while also being mouthy, resourceful and tough. In the opening scene, Link tries to set her wedding gown on fire. Later, down to her last nickel, her kids hungry, she enters a “mystery squash” in a zucchini contest, and wins $100 worth of bread. A triumph of stubbornness over — well, everything.

Laurie Hertzel is the Star Tribune senior editor for books.



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