Why do I keep checking out books by Heidi Julavits?
Paul Theroux's Deep South.

Oh, Louise Rennison, my heart is broken.

Author Louise Rennison has died, at the age of 64.

I LOVED Louise Rennison. Any good Anglophile worth the title should be familiar with her master works, starting with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, all the way through the tenth book in the Georgia Nicolson series, titled Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?

If you can't tell by the titles, these are YA novels (ten in the series, total) featuring Georgia Nicolson, a boy-mad but totally hilarious young girl with a vocabulary all her own. And you know what? They were sweet. Georgia is crazy, but over the course of ten books she never got dull, and actually very little in the way of full-frontal snogging went on, which was kind of a nice change in modern literature. If you know anyone just a bit young for the Bridget Jones books, get them this series instead. They will love you forever.