Books Isabel Gillies Books by Isabel Gillies Isabel Gillies has written books about: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Isabel Gillies Best Books Of 2009 Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2009 Fresh Air December 23, 2009 Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick. Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2009 Listen · 6:06 6:06 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/121708080/121807044" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Book Reviews 'Happens Every Day': A Marriage's Abrupt Ending March 17, 2009 Isabel Gillies grapples with the sudden dissolution of her marriage in the memoir Happens Every Day. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls this "all too-true story" a "compulsive" and "chilling" late-night read. 'Happens Every Day': A Marriage's Abrupt Ending Listen · 6:39 6:39 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/101968700/101992923" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'Happens Every Day' March 17, 2009 For those readers who've endured seismic shifts of the heart, Isabel Gillies's memoir Happens Every Day will hit the spot. For all its sorrow, Gillies gives this tale of a broken marriage a contagious charm and the comfort of lovesick solidarity.