The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry (S&S, Apr.) came to me with a handwritten note and an endorsement from favorite author Julia Claiborne Johnson. Roxy is a 20-something Austin native working in a Whole Foods deli for a sleazy manager who regularly fires her. On an apparently celibate road to nowhere and in a constant state of financial straits, Roxy is forced to ask her ex-lover to move into her house to help with the mortgage. Roxy communicates with him through letters and these letters make up the book. Roxy is yanked out of her funk when her friend urges her to join the fight to drive the newly opened Lululemon out of Austin. I wanted to be annoyed with Roxy and her consistently bad life choices, but in spite of myself, I quickly found myself won over by her earnest, charming, and over-sharing honesty. By the end of the book, I had become Roxy’s biggest cheerleader. Charming, witty, and laugh-out-loud funny.