When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
"Fannie's dark little secret"
Whether you're falling for that man-child for the 57th time or text messaging your way to stalker status, dating can make you want to find a nice roomy hermitage on Airbnb and live a solitary, monk-like life. Luckily that frustration ends now. This Is Why You're Single breaks away from your typical dating guide by taking a page from Aesop's playbook, with hilarious modern-day dating fables paired with advice and entertaining quizzes.
"Can I get a refund?"
On this week's In Bed, Susie talks to Laura Lane and Angela Spera, authors of This Is Why You're Single - a hilarious collection of modern fables for the age of digital dating.
"Bah Humbug" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Baghdad to Swarthmore" by Ben McGrath; "Magnum P.I.s" by Lauren Collins; "Blackberry Picking" by James Surowiecki; "Far from Narnia" by Laura Miller; "All that Glitters" by Louis Menand; and "The Other" by Anthony Lane.