Thursday, September 11, 2014
A.S. Byatt't Possession
The wonderful Evie kept asking me, "have you read it?", and finally, I caved. Wow!
Louise Penny's Three Pines Mystery Series
Marie started me on these and although I couldn't begin until after Notables, it was worth the wait.
A community reading event forced this one on me and I waited until I absolutely had to read it. It made me look at science fiction in a whole new way. And I read every word.
So, how about you? What have you been putting off reading?
Monday, September 1, 2014
The Good Lord Bird made me think about the real stories behind iconic heroes (it’s about abolitionist John Brown, who comes off looking like a nut case), and about bravery, about killing done in the name of religion, narrative point of view (the story’s narrator is a slave boy who is mistaken for a girl, and decides the mistake can work to his advantage), the use of humor in telling a tragic story, slavery and race.
I know some book groups are starting to line up their titles for 2015. What are your favorite discussion books so far this year?
Friday, August 29, 2014
It's no secret that I am a fan of memoirs. Truth is often crazier than fiction. Recently I've been on an Ann Patchett kick reading which started by reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. That book featured a few essays on her friendship with Lucy Grealy, author of Autobiography of a Face. After I finished Grealy's memoir about her childhood with cancer I picked up Patchett's memoir, Truth and Beauty, about her twenty-year friendship with Grealy (the two met in college).
This isn't the first time I've found myself going back and forth between both sides of a person's life. A few years ago I read Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. His father, David Sheff, also wrote a memoir about Nic's teenage drug use in Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction. A few years after that Nic Sheff added to the story with We All Fall Down: Living With Addiction, his memoir about relapses and rehab. The combination of those three books really painted a picture of what addiction and recovery was like on a family.
Have you read a combination of memoirs that offered both sides of the story? Please share your recommendations! I'm looking to read even more!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
What cookbook or cookbooks can't you cook without?
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
But let's face it, some books are so darn good, you are sad when they are over. And you think about them over the years. And wonder what happened to the characters. Maybe you make up a story about them in your head. Maybe you write some fanfic. But really, what you yearn for is that thrill you get when you hear one of your favorite authors is going back and reopening that story once again.
For me, this book is (wait for it) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. (Do I write about this book every time it is my turn to post? Maybe...) This is one of the few books I love so much that I reread it periodically. And part of this is because I'm dying to know what happens to Alba!
Which book do you pine for the author to revisit most of all?
Monday, August 4, 2014
Do you have a car trip vacation in your future? Do you have a long daily commute to work? Believe it or not, I actually look forward to my car time because sitting behind the wheel gives me permission to transport myself into another world - steampunk Victorian England, a Regency Period servant's quarters, pre-Civil War era Charleston, or just someone else's current reality. A car trip suddenly becomes a treat rather than a trial (as long as I remember to keep my eyes on the road...). Of course, a great narrator is a must for creating that experience and I have become quite a connoisseur of excellent readers. Here are a few of my favorite recent car "reads." What are you listening to?