Friday, May 29, 2009

American Wife (Curtis Sittenfield)

I really, really liked this book. There were parts of it I didn't love - it was none too subtle and the Laura Bush doppelganger was consistent almost to a fault. But overall, it was a great read.

I have to admit to being curious about what parts of it were made up and which were true. Am especially interested in her relationship with the Bush clan and how the family really feels about W.

I liked Prep as well, so I am not suprised I dug this author. I am surprised that I actually felt MORE positive about W after reading it and that I have now become interested enough in Lora Bush to actually read a biography of her now...

Overall rating: 3.5

Friday, May 15, 2009

Disquiet (Julia Leigh)

I don't think I'm smart enough for this book. It was weird and creepy and I just didn't get it.

Maybe I'm thinking too much about what the novel has to say and not enough about the novel as a form. The length is short and the lanuage is *amazing*. It's just that I need some sort of plot or story to make a book feel like a book. This seemed more like an exercise in creative writing class than a novella I wanted to read. 

But lots of other folks seem to really love it, so maybe I really don't get.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jesus Land (Julia Scheeres)

A great memoir written by a woman who's incredibly dysfuntional family adopted two black children and proceeded to totally fuck them over. Including physical abuse, exile and sending them to a boarding school in the Dominican Republic (where the author finally ends up as well).

Really, it's a tragic story that I had a hard time reading. But it was worth it. And it finally answers the question of whether or not it's worse to prohibit racisists from specifying what race they will raise or to force foster parents to accept all races. Definitely the latter. I firmly believe that David, who longed for a family that would love him, would have been better off in institutional care than being adopted by these wing nuts.

i read this one straight through on my trip to florida. Overall, an A.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby)

Well, how can you not appreciate this work? An amazing triumph for a person who was mentally aware but completely paralyzed. I can't imagine having the will or wherewithall to express myself at all, let along to express myself this well.

In case you're not aware, it's about former editor of French Elle who has a massive stroke and then suffers from "Locked In" syndrome. Of course, it's an A. Loved it and read it in one night.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dead to me.

A book I abandoned last month, Smart Girls Like Me. Just could NOT get into it. So I chucked it. I used to have a really hard time doing that, but now that reading time is at a premium, not so much.

Certain Prey (John Sandford)

Another Lucas Davenport book, and I think, one of the better ones. I really think it would have been cheaper to buy this book, probably in hardcover because it was *so* overdue at the library but I finally finished it up in the bathtub this morning - I know, more than you needed to know.

I thought some of the foreshadowing in this book was a little heavy handed, but maybe I am just v. used to the rhythm of these books. Overall, a 3-4, which I'll take any day.