Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Goddess Lounge


"Ok. So I’m on my way to The Goddess Lounge, the coffee house/knitting salon/menstrual palace that Fox News calls, 'A man-hating elevator to hell, another example of debauched LA, a sinful hideaway for modern-day polytheists and the Hollywood types who forever confuse spiritual wholeness with liberal narcissism.'

Yeah. It’s not a good morning."


Thus begins the first chapter of The Goddess Lounge, the debut novel by South Pasadena's own Margaret Finnegan. Margaret charmed everyone who attended her book signing and reading yesterday at SPACE Arts Center. Many of you already know Margaret's writing from her hilarious and inspiring blog Finnegan Begin Again. Well, everyone should put her new book at the top of their summer reading list. The Goddess Lounge is funny, smart, magical and undoubtedly the coolest riff on The Odyssey ever devised. (Yeah, Margaret manages to be super brainy and hysterical all at the same time. A goddess in her own right, that Margaret.)

San Gabriel Valley locals, you can find The Goddess Lounge at Vromans -- that way you will support not one but two of our local treasures. For everyone else, it's here at Amazon and here at Barnes Noble.

(Go ahead and read the entire first chapter right here!)

12 comments:

Judy Williams said...

I was looking for a summer read! The first two books I purchased just didn't hold my interest!!! Her blog title is a song that my kids listened to over and over on (clearing throat) cassette tapes!!!

Michelle said...

I lauhhed out loud reading that chapter. Heading back to get it at Amazon. As always, great suggestions Laurie!

Sally said...

Congratulations to a fine local author.

Cafe Pasadena said...

As MF's "favorite canine blogger", I was honored she chose to read from Chp 3 yesterday with its many Dog references! ;)

Susan Campisi said...

It was great to meet you yesterday, Laurie. Wasn't it a fun reading? It felt like a gathering of goddesses, with a few dogs thrown in. (Don't worry, Cafe. You know I'm a big dog lover.) Yay for Margaret! Yay for The Goddess Lounge!

Laurie said...

Back atcha, Susan! It was great to finally meet you and Cafe, too!

I am so happy to hear of more reading Margaret's wonderful book. It's such a great read.

Petrea Burchard said...

Yay for Margaret! Yesterday's reading was an absolute delight. And it was great to see you, Laurie, and Cafe, and Susan. (I don't know if Michelle and Sally were there or not!) Judy, you were missed. Next time!

TheChieftess said...

Congratulations to Margaret!!! I'm about halfway through and enjoying every minute of it!!!

Margaret said...

Thank you for both coming to the reading and for giving a shout out to The Goddess Lounge! I am truly honored, because as everyone who reads this knows, Laurie is the real goddess in town.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

That was fun. Happy to see you and Shanna and Jim. Wish we had talked a little longer.

Laurie said...

It was so much fun. PA, we need to have that catch up gab session.

Chieltess, isn't it a great read?

Margaret, you are now my best friend forever. Plus, you may think I'm a goddess but YOU are a rock star!!!

TheChieftess said...

Definitely a clever and fun odyssey!!!