i have iraq in my shoe, by gretchen berg

Gretchen Berg is the perfect heroine. Witty, demure, and fashionable. Oh, and she’s real. I Have Iraq in My Shoe is one of the funniest books/memoirs I’ve ever read. Keep reading to learn more about shoes, luggage fees, and “The Iraq.”

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guest review: all fall down, by jennifer weiner

In the theme of not-doing-any-work-myself-today, I’m thrilled to announce we have a guest review from the talented and genius Angela Terry about “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner.

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one door closes, by g.b. lindsey

Spooky, delicious, and full of shiver-inducing thrills.


Real life chick lit: Thirty Dates SF

I’m impressed, horrified and excited to announce that a dear friend of ours is launching into a real-life chick lit mission: thirty dates, in thirty days.

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Join us in San Francisco! Chick Lit and Wine Live with Jennifer Coburn and Cindy Arora

We’re live in San Francisco June 28th! Come see Jennifer Coburn & Cindy Arora, plus sample local wines, cakes and chocolates — all for free!

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easily amused, by karen mcquestion

Despite a catty premise that should have carried it right to the just desserts we hoped for on the last page, Easily Amused begins to meander and actually loses its way when it’s still only half-poured.

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40 love, by madeleine wickham

The world will be forever grateful to Sophie Kinsella’s long commute at age 24.

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we’ll always have paris, by jennifer coburn

Secret cookies baked by nuns in Madrid. “Space cake” in Amsterdam. This isn’t your ordinary travel novel, and it certainly isn’t your average memoir.

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Happy Wednesday! #WW

Why we’re in a good mood and want to share it with you It’s Wednesday – and we’re happy. Whether you believe in hump day, #WineWednesday, #WriterWednesday or any other […]

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wedding season, by darcy cosper

I am still not entirely sure whether I have just read an inconsistent and ill-thought argument that deflates under its own weight or sophisticated and subtle treatise on the psychological chainsthat enslave us. Both, perhaps.


#RocktheRedPump: HIV/AIDS Awareness

Ready to #rocktheredpump?

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thirty-two going on spinster, by becky monson

“Thirty-two going on spinster” is sure to please even the crabbiest spinster on your gift-list.

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heartbreak cake, by cindy arora

Happy Valentine’s Day to our true loves – our readers! New review & a chance to win our new favorite things.

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Interview with Isabella Louise Anderson, author of Khloe’s Flower Shop

Exclusive Chick Lit & Wine Interview with Khloe’s Flower Shop author Isabella Louise Anderson.

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khloe’s flower shop, by isabella louise anderson

Take a sneak peek into Isabella Louise Anderson’s new novel written during NaNoWriMo 2013.

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Who are Syrah, Chardonnay and Noir?

Now’s your chance to get to know who’s behind Syrah, Chardonnay and Noir.

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because of you, by kathryn starke

As the book jacket says – Lilly never wanted to settle. And neither do I.

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fractured by dani atkins

How I wish I could judge this book by its cover.

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julie & julia, by julie powell – the perfect last-minute gift

We may be late to the party reviewing this book, but it’s simply that good. Consider it the perfect last-minute gift for anyone on your list.

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NaNoWriMo authors, it’s your time to shine!

We want to honor others who finished their chick lit novels during NaNoWriMo 2013 – whether it’s your first effort or you’re an established author we want to hear from you!

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where I want to be, by cortney roudebush

Ripe grapes, warm weather and elegant restaurants pairing scrumptious delicacies with local California wines: yes, wine country is all it’s cracked up to be.


elasticity, by tiffany romigh

Lest the title fool you into hoping that Elasticity contains snap or zing, be warned: this sparkly-orchid-drenched book is poised to disappoint.


field of schemes, by jennifer coburn

I’ve never been a soccer player, but Coburn’s latest hit scores major points.

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Live in 2013: Behind the Scenes in Book Passage

A behind-the-scenes look at Chick Lit and Wine Live 2013.

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happy bitch, by keryl pesce

Are you a miserable bitch? Turn to “Happy Bitch” – a self-help book that helps readers lose the baggage and find themselves.


August 6th: Chick Lit + Wine Live in Marin, CA!

Join us Tuesday, August 6th at 7:00pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera for live chick lit readings by best-selling authors and free wine samples from Cline Cellars!

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skinny bitch in love, by kim barnouin

We’re kicking off Bitch Week with Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin!

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it’s bitch week!

It’s Bitch Week here at Chick Lit + Wine. That means we’re celebrating bitches all week long with book reviews on the hottest, happiest bitches throughout the Chick Lit world.


a total waste of makeup, by kim gruenenfelder

“Money can’t buy happiness. But it sure can rent it for awhile.” – just one piece of sage advice Charlize Edwards plans to pass to her great grandniece in the hilarious 2006 novel “A Total Waste of Makeup” by Kim Gruenenfelder.

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all my restless life to live, by dee detarsio

Dee Detarsio delivers in her latest chicklit hit focused on a haunted laptop, a steamy soap opera, and one complicated life. Indulge, and read more…

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New book by the fab Meg Donohue: autographed copy and more

Win a copy of Meg Donohue’s latest beach read! We’re looking for photos of you enjoying yummy chick lit in your fave summer hangout.


Mom-lit madness and giveaway: Happy Mother’s Day from Chick Lit + Wine!

Free books, chilled wine, and laugh-out-loud-writing. Cheers to all the mommies – Happy Mother’s Day!


furious, by jill wolfson

Like the deadly melody of the furies, the plot of Furious dug deep into my psyche and I couldn’t put it down all weekend. Don’t be fooled by the youthful cover – this book is a must read for any age.

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one day, by david nicholls

One Day by David Nicholls is unabashedly soulmate-centric – but never judge a book by its movie. You’ll love it by chapter three.

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Rock Star book #2 + scrumptious mussels recipe: guest post with Nicky Wells

The second in the Rock Star Trilogy by Nicky Wells is out – what could be better than a simple recipe for Rocking Mussels in White Wine & Garlic Sauce?

Twenties Girl Feature

twenties girl, by sophie kinsella

Lara Lington is either being haunted or going mad, but either way her spoiled great aunt is back from the dead and on a mission. Grab a chilled Gewurztraminer and get ready to be hooked.

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Totlandia Contest Winner! Robyn Grauer

Congratulations to our Totlandia contest winner Robyn Grauer!

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brownie points, by jennifer coburn

Did someone say Thin Mints?

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kismetology, by jaimie admans

Take kismet into your own hands, and grab a bottle of Syrah by the fire tonight.

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totlandia, by josie brown

The perfect storm of new faces, frenemies and mean girls are back, all grown up, and changing diapers.

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New server! Chick Lit + Wine may be experiencing a few technical problems

We’re busy at Chick Lit + Wine making the website more fabulous than ever – but inevitably we’ve run into a few hiccups.

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Interview: Josie Brown, author of Totlandia

Totlandia is – in a word – addictive. Join me in an interview with author Josie Brown where we discuss kids, the cut-throat world of mommy-tot groups, and her favorite wines.

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News Alert: Meg Donohue’s new book preview

It’s no secret that I love Meg Donohue’s writing. “How to Eat a Cupcake” was one of my favorite books of 2012. Meg read at our event at Book Passage […]

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where’d you go, bernadette, by maria semple

I devoured “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple without remorse through the holidays. Gone was the craving for egg nog. Lost was the hope of a decent night’s sleep. All that mattered was reading this book.

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Happy New Year!

It’s 2013 and Chick Lit + Wine is back after a long holiday nap.

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Gift Pick #5: unmasking maya, by libby mercer

The descriptions of the fabrics, the flirty remarks, and the hints toward Maya’s real identity all add up to a fun read and a great gift for anyone who might need just a little escape this holiday season.


#4 gift pick: haole wood, by dee detarsio

“Haole Wood” dishes out murderous revenge, a splash of serendipitous ventures, and a light dusting of romantic intrigue.


I’m thankful for… Bridget Jones’ Diary 3

That’s right. There’s buzz that a third Bridget Jones Diary novel is coming out next year. Singletons gather ’round; thirteen years after the sequel came out our favorite heroine is back. I […]

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“Pie Girls” cover reveal!

Sneak peek! New book coming soon from Lauren Clark, author of Dancing Naked in Dixie – the big cover reveal is today!


(giveaway!) #3 Gift Pick: the CHICK-tionary, by anna leftler

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for our loyal readers: win a copy of this laugh-till-you-pee pick from Anna Lefler!


#2 Gift Pick: the heartbreak pill, by anjanette delgado

Holiday gift guide pick #2: “The Heartbreak Pill” by Anjanette Delgado is a treat any woman would love

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#1 Gift Pick: how to eat a cupcake, by meg donohue

The holidays are coming. Start planning now with our first Holiday Gift Pick: “How to Eat a Cupcake” by Meg Donohue.

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Chick Lit + Wine’s holiday gift picks!

Chick Lit + Wine’s top gift picks are finally here. Buy now + 20% of our proceeds benefit the National MS Society.


magnolia, by carolina garcia-aguilera

Sex, sports, money, lies: the potential for a sweeping plot and seductive characters is ripe, but the writing falls flat.


from notting hill with love…actually, by ali mcnamara

Don’t judge this book by its title. “From Notting Hill with Love… Actually” is spectacular – despite the cheesy name.


sophie’s turn, by nicky wells

Sophie has just one question to ask herself: marry the accountant she’s been dating for two years, or marry the rock star suddenly returned from her past?


guest post: sophie’s turn, by nicky wells (win a copy!)

Special treat! Guest post by author Nicky Wells – plus your chance to win “Sophie’s Turn”!

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Irresistible Panna Cotta, from Il Davide

  For those of you who couldn’t come Tuesday night to the Ferry Building you missed out on one of the Bay Area’s most delicious desserts: Panna Cotta from Il […]


Photos from our first event!

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dancing naked in dixie, by lauren clark

“Dancing Naked in Dixie” by Lauren Clark is dreamy. Thick. Sweet. Southern. Join me Sept. 18th for a live reading.


Tales from the Crib – Free Tues. through Sat.!

One of the funniest books of 2012 is free on Kindle Tues.-Sat. Grab a glass of J. Lohr Riesling & make a night of it.

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“How to Eat a Cupcake” – Live Sept. 18th

Catch Meg Donahue – and her delicious page turner “How to Eat a Cupcake” at Chick Lit + Wine Live September 18th!


Thanks for coming, everyone!

Photos, video & more coming soon!


San Francisco: Join us Sept. 18th!

Free wine, chocolate, and live chick lit readings. Add a little sparkle to your Tuesday.


goodbye, jimmy choo, by annie sanders

Read “Goodbye, Jimmy Choo” with a friend so that at the end you can take solace in someone saying with you, “What was that about?”


girl’s guide to dating zombies, by lynn messina

Zombie sex. Eww. Yes, author Lynn Messina warns this is the first reaction. And, yes she makes the good point that with no men left there’s little choice. But I’m still going to put it out there. Eww. With a capital E.


falling uphill, by wendy nelson tokunaga

You don’t have to live in the Bay to get lost in the fog of this chick-lit-turned mystery addiction.


the devil in the junior league, by linda francis lee

Reality as Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware knows it comes to a screeching halt the day her husband disappears. With all of her m-o-n-e-y.

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i’ve got your number, by sophie kinsella

“I’ve Got Your Number” is Sophie’s latest addition to her wide repertoire of chick lit classics. As much as it pains me to admit, the beginning of the novel is a little slow-going. But stick to it – you’ll be glad you did.

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wife in the fast lane, by karen quinn

This is the first time Emily Giffin – a master of chick lit that is smart and entertaining in equal measure – has done me wrong.


memoirs of a mom on the edge, by elizabeth loan

Part stand-up special, part memoir, this short novelette had me glued to my seat for a couple of hours from start to finish.


the queen gene, by jennifer coburn

Jennifer Coburn has done it again. Sucked me in to a book so deliciously addictive it’s hard to tear myself away to refill my wine glass.


hollywood ending, by lucie simone

Hollywood Ending: Hunky neighbor, hilarious best friend, and LA. I’m in.

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Interview with Kate Forster

Kate Forster as you’ve never seen her before – exclusive chat with Chick Lit & Wine!

Undomestic Goddess

the undomestic goddess by sophie kinsella

We all know and love her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, but her 2005 novel “The Undomestic Goddess” is less-known. And you should know about it.


unscripted by natalie aaron and marla schwartz

Unscripted is a misleading title. Uninteresting seems more accurate.


the perfect location, by kate forster

Love, love this book. If you remember only one thing from this review, let it be this: read this book.


the undertow, by melissa cistaro – finalist in Notes & Words essay contest

As you already know, I’ve been in love with mommy chick lit lately. Tales from the Crib by Jennifer Coburn, Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, and a slew of new books waiting on my shelf have captured my heart. Check out this new essay by author (and dear friend of mine) Melissa Cistaro.


Launch party! Streamline, Jen Lane & Prizes

Today I’m excited to say we have a guest post from one of my favorite authors, Jen Lane. She wrote the uber-fabulous CONduct Series and has just come out with a new YA novel. Plus we’re having a one-day giveaway with lots of fun prizes. To enter, just leave a comment!


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the kitchen shrink, by dee detarsio

Dee DeTarsio is easily the next Sophie Kinsella. Her writing is fast-paced, hilarious, and engaging. I loved “The Scent of Jade” and am hopelessly heels-over-head for “The Kitchen Shrink.” If you […]


boycotts and barflies, by victoria michaels

These girls. I’m literally shaking my head. These girls, Grace, Meg and Bianca, collapse into laughter so often and without provocation that the story should really end in a mental […]


Classic Chick Lit: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

While there are many new books lining my shelves waiting for review, I can’t let this blog exist without acknowledging the book that ignited the chick lit phenomenon in the first place: […]


recession proof, by kimberly s. lin

I think this novel will hit home no matter who you are. The economy has been declining for as long as I’ve been paying attention, and we’ve all been affected […]

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and one last thing … by molly harper

Lacey Terwilliger’s witty snark and consistent resistance to pining of any sort bring her to the top of my favorite characters list. The plot doesn’t ring true, but not in […]


tales from the crib, by jennifer coburn

Every year has its patterns. Some years everyone’s in a new relationship. Other years they’re all breaking up. Recently I’ve had a hundred weddings to attend. Well, I don’t know what’s in the air, […]


baby proof by emily giffin

I have to admit, I sort of identify with Claudia. I’m not so sure I ever want a baby either. Claudia Parr has everything she’s ever wanted. She’s high on […]


passion fish by alison oburia and jessica mcquinn

“Passion Fishing” sounds like an interesting game. But my mother’s warnings of spreading germs came racing back as I imagine making out with multiple strangers. Here’s how it works. A […]

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Interview with Prof. Gabriel Emerson of “Gabriel’s Inferno”

Today I had the great pleasure of talking with Professor Gabriel Emerson from “Gabriel’s Inferno.” Chick Lit & Wine:  Tell us what you and Dante Alighieri have in common.  Is […]

small town girl, by linda cunningham

Lauren Smith has it all – she drives a Mercedes, wears a three-carat diamond ring, and is about to marry the most powerful man in New York. (I’m talking Trump […]

conduct series contest winner!

Just a little post today. I want to officially congratulate Prangon for winning one of Jen Lane’s fab books! Your choice of “With Good Behavior” or “Bad Behavior.” Coming up! […]

bad behavior, by jen lane

For all of you who read our Summer Must Read series, you know I love author Jen Lane. Today I’m reviewing the second book in the Conduct series, Bad Behavior. […]

gabriel’s inferno by sylvain reynard

A trusted source told me to read this book. And I don’t regret it one bit. In fact, I find myself missing it now that it’s over. Gabriel’s Inferno by […]

bright lights, big ass, by jen lancaster

Jen Lancaster is back with another in her memoir series with Bright Lights, Big Ass – and her transformation from unemployed smartass to best-selling author is as amusing as ever. […]

always something there to remind me by beth harbison

When Erin is proposed to by an attractive man (whose teenage daughter already gets along famously with Erin’s daughter), she just can’t excitedly greet the next chapter of her life. […]

Winners! “The Scent of Jade” Giveaway

Happy Wine Wednesday! I’m thrilled to announce Miss Cindy Roesel and Miss Keeley Puhr are the winners of our “The Scent of Jade” by Dee DeTarsio giveaway! Keep your eye out […]

starring in the movie of my life, by laurel osterkamp

YES. Read this book. Ignore the dumb title. Overlook the bizarre, consistent misspellings of names (Brittany Spears? Ashley Simpson? Why?) and the smattering of editing flubs. I’m inclined to quit […]

anyone but you, by jennifer crusie

I picked up this short-and-sweet, mid-90s book at the library on a whim, and boy, I didn’t regret it. The story and characters are solid, but the best part was […]

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Interview with Dee DeTarsio

Today I have a special treat – an exclusive Chick Lit & Wine interview with Dee DeTarsio, author of “The Scent of Jade”  Chick Lit & Wine: You call “The […]

j’adore new york, by isabelle lafleche

Bonjour! Today I’m happy to announce Chick Lit + Wine is a part of Isabelle Lafleche’s blog tour for her debut book, J’adore New York. In short, j’adore this novel. […]