Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Restless Virgins: Love, Sex, and Survival at a New England Prep School (Jones & Miley)

Hmmm... so I read this because the fictionalized account was interesting. This was just sort of trashy and depressing. It makes me sad that my daughters might grow up in an environment where this kind of crazy hyper sexualization is real.

I mean, I'm not a prude. I don't worry about premarital sex per se, though of course I'd like my kids to be adults before they have a partner. It's the lack of self worth and repeatedly stressed assumption that girls somehow owe something to men... no really, boys.

Anyway, I felt kind of dirty reading it, though I did finish it. There is some controversy regarding the book as well, in terms of the confidentiality that was or was not promised to the girls who were featured. It does seem as if they would be pretty identifiable if you knew them in real life.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The 19th Wife (David Ebershoff)

Loved, loved, loved this book. Polygamy is fascinating, as is the way this story is told. A

Son of a Witch (Geoffrey Maguire)

This book is, of course, the sequel to Wicked, which (apparently) it's been much too long since I've read. I enjoyed the novel like I enjoy any of this sort - I love it when authors attempt to extend / recreate / retell a classic story.

I'm going to be honest - I had a bit of a hard time following this one. I'm not sure why - the predominance of made up cities and names might have a lot to do with it, combined with the fact that this story takes place totally out of my frame of reference - the events of Wicked ended at roughly the end of the Wizard of Oz.

Interesting themes here regarding masks and hiding who we are. Didn't really get them all, but such is life. I blame the pain killers from my ankle surgery.