Books: This Story Will Save You... Money

A.M. Homes' tale of emotional rebirth in Los Angeles is so sugary it's liable to cause cavities

When I review a book, I read it with a pen in my hand so I can jot down little symbols in the margins as I go. One of the symbols I use--and I try to use it sparingly--is supposed to represent a little person who's rolling his eyes as if to say, "Jeez, Lou-ise." The record for the most rolled eyes I've ever doodled in the margin of any book is currently held by A.M. Homes' This Book Will Save Your Life (Viking; 372 pages).

Which isn't to say it's the worst book I've ever reviewed. Not at all. It's carefully,...

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