A Penne Vodka Expert Finding Amore with a Beach Read

Bria Schirripa

On this week’s show, we’re setting up Bria Schirripa. Bria is a product manager by day, and a writer and creator by night. She documents the latest happenings in New York’s charming West Village neighborhood on her page, the Bleecker Street Beat. Naturally, her dream Saturday consists of a walk in the neighborhood, in addition to drinking an overpriced latte and hoping for a Timothée Chalamet sighting.

Bria is an avid reader and recently loved the novels The Boys Club by Erica Katz, Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews, and Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner, but generally doesn’t love fantasy novels. A self-proclaimed snob about pasta, her dream vacation would be in Florence. She thinks she would have thrived in the late ‘70s and ‘80s thanks to big hair and disco.

Which books will strike this blogger’s fancy? Hit play to find out!

Round 1 Picks

Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Round 2 Picks

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid Jenkins

Featured Bookstores

Third House Books in Gainesville, FL

The Writer’s Block in Las Vegas, NV 

Downbound Books, Cincinnati, OH

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.