One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
Death by Chick Lit by Lynn Harris
His Captive Lady by Anne Gracie
A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton
Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon
Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Lucy's Launderette by Betsy Burke
I really, really wanted to like A Week at the Airport more than I did, but he'd already covered many of these themes in The Art of Travel, which is one of his best books.
I did have to share this passage with D, though, since it describes him so perfectly:
I was reminded of the Roman philosopher Seneca's treatise On Anger, written for the benefit of the Emperor Nero, and in particular of its thesis that the root cause of anger is hope. We are angry because we are overly optimistic, insufficiently prepared for the frustrations endemic to existence. A man who screams every time he loses his keys or is turned away at an airport is evincing a touching but recklessly naive belief in a world in which keys never go astray and our travel plans are invariably assured.