Books Melanie Gideon Books by Melanie Gideon Melanie Gideon has written books about: Literary Fiction Fiction Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Melanie Gideon Critics' Lists: Summer 2012 Laughing Matters: Five Funny Books With Substance July 17, 2012 Who says humor books can't be serious? Critic Heller McAlpin recommends some light but not weightless reads on mostly modern dilemmas: the pitfalls of class snobbery, what to do with those expensive higher degrees, the challenges of long marriages, and why otherwise rational women wear high heels. Getty Images Best Books Of 2009 In The Year's Best Memoirs, Mirth And Melancholy December 14, 2009 Heller McAlpin's picks include: the story of a lifelong crush on Albert Camus, a humorous take on middle-aged malaise, and a no-nonsense look at mortality. The sharp, fresh writing in these memoirs will bring you headfirst into each author's world, with your heart following close behind. Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'The Slippery Year' December 14, 2009 In twelve humorous, self-deprecating essays that cover a year of personal challenges, author Melanie Gideon explores a nagging dissatisfaction with her life, a lack of wholehearted appreciation she finds all the more distressing because she recognizes how fortunate she really is.