Questions About Noelle Howey

Everybody has a story

I like biographies of ordinary/non-famous people with interesting stories to tell, or stories from before they became notable. Can anyone recommend any? Recent-ish books I've enjoyed were Rhona Cameron's 1979: A Big Year In A Small Town, Noelle Howey's Dress Codes, Ken Dornstein's The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky, Quentin Crisp's The Naked Civil Servant, and Alexander Master's Stuart: A Life Backwards - all of which featured the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary events, ideas or feelings, like novels about real life...I only like 'famous' people's biographies if they're resolutely un-dry and un-deferent, and am open to reading stories of people about which I know nothing if they're interesting enough. (I'm still disappointed that Boy George's autobiography was ghostwritten - Marc Almond's was a much more fun read.) I'm currently reading War Paint, a biography of Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, which, while covering the careers of both women, is as mu

The Story of Suburban Rhonda

Looking for some suburban/small-town fiction or memoirs - think Tom Perotta, Lake Wobegon, or Northern Exposure. Basically, I want something that's a little light but not literary junk food; something about people's lives and dreams but not in a way that reads like a heartwarming TV movie. I have no idea what this genre is called, other than that it somehow melds literary fiction with the downhomeyness of those books with detective cats or recipes ending each chapter. They're oft set in American small towns or suburbia, and more likely than not show a little bit of darkness or creepiness behind the picket fence. Examples of books that have the feel I'm looking for: *Mailman - J Robert Leonnard * most of AM Holmes' novels, save The End of Alice (which you do NOT want to read on a packed commuter train...) *The Mammoth Cheese - Sheri Holmann *Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (though this was a book I admired rather than enjoyed fully for some reason)