Here's a teaser from Elizabeth Berg's 2002 novel, True to Form, pages 76-77:
"Well, studying anthremology is the dumbest idea I ever heard of," Cherylanne said. "If you don't mind my saying so. I mean, going to school to learn about people, when you are one!"
"But there are many different types," I said. "You know, like different cultures. Have you ever heard of Margaret Mead?"
Cherylanne frowned. "What was she in?'
"She's not an actress. She's an anthropologist. Like a woman scientist."
"Well, there you go, right there is trouble," Cherylanne said. "Any woman scientist is going to be one ugly and bitter woman."
I sighed, turned my head away from her to look at the playground we were walking past.
My whole library system will be down from February 3-8, so I got a bunch of novels by authors whose writing I enjoy. Four novels by Elizabeth Berg will help tide me over the next week.
I have already read and returned one book I picked up yesterday: Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler (2009), another excellent novelist.