Book Review: The List by Karin Tanabe

One of my (many) new year’s resolutions is, to quote my mother, “elevate my bookshelves.”  I have a tendency to be a heavy fiction reader (reading list here) and – generally speaking – they’re all pretty trashy.  I mean let’s be real, who wants to come home after pulling a twelve hour day to read some deep piece of non-fiction about the nuclear arms race occurring in the Middle East.  Not me…

On my flight out to Palm Springs last month, I devoured The List by Karin Tanabe and God was it good.  For anyone who works in Washington news (or enjoys a good Town & Country reference), it’s a must read.  The premise of the Tanabe’s book is centered around a writer who moves from NYC back to DC to work at “the” news agency.  We encounter some great characters – like her salty sister who travels with an LV steamer that I hope was based off a real person as I would love to meet her – along with a solid dose of romance, but nothing too gushy.  The book is fast paced and hard to put down once you get half a dozen chapters in.  If you'e been in DC for more than a year, buy this book.  You won't be disappointed.

-DMZ