Saturday, September 18, 2010
Pretty blah young-ish YA. Near future, terrorism on the rise, paranoia and xenophobia. Sky's off-the-grid parents have raised her and her sister to be ethical, and when the department of homeland security starts rounding up citizens with Middle Eastern origins to imprison in internment camps, her family tries to help hide Kareem, a classmate of hers. I don't remember why I requested this- must have read a great review somewhere, but it was a disappointing book.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Oh, I loved this so much it is hard to write about it. Noel Streatfeild, my favorite writer, wrote this "autobiographical novel" about growing up the middle daughter in a family living in a vicarage in the years between 1910 and 1914. I am starting to cry as I type, it was so good. An absolutely unvarnished, clear eyed look into what must have been one of the last homes of it's kind- a kind of late Victorian life lived in the early 20th century, with all that was to come hidden from view, thank god. This really might be the best book I've read all year, all sentiment aside- absolutely magical, and unexpectedly devastating. I'm hunting down a copy to own. I love this book.
Beautiful, haunting novel. 17 year old Mariette Baptiste joins a convent in upstate New York in 1906, and her passionate faith disrupts the calm orders of the priory. Made for a fantastic book discussion!!!
This was wonderful beyond all reason. What seemed to start off as a stunt premise (the book's subtitle is My Worldwide Quest To Find My Best Childhood Friends, Knock On Their Door, and Ask Them To Come Out And Play) turned into one of the most satisfying adult non-fiction reads I've enjoyed in ages. Wallace has such an enjoyable voice, and what he discovers as he really does find friends from a well-travelled childhood honestly had me reading the last 100 pages simultaneously laughing and weeping. Fantastic.
Beautiful photography- some amazing images I'd never seen from the enigmatic Billy Name, the photographer who chronicled the goings on at the Factory. n
Awful, LA noir-ish tough chick mystery. Plot holes you could fly a 747 through, and I didn't care if the heroine, Kinsey, lived, died, or dematerialized into a pluff of smoke. In fact, that would have made her (and the book) substantially more interesting, and would not have interfered with what passed for a logical storyline. Can't belive Grafton is up to U in the alphabet series- readers' appetite for shite seems insatiable.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
One of my reading equivalents of comfort food- I read this over and over, and laugh myself silly every time. Pel and Ursula are one of my all time favorite fictional couples.
Fun, charming London chick-lit, from Sophie Kinsella's Very Short List of 5 recommended titles. Toby Dobbs inherits a large london house, and fills it with lodgers. 15 years later, he needs to move on in his life, and with a neighbor, starts trying to sort out how to get them all to move on to happier, fuller lives.
Fascinating, highly academic look at residential interiors in Georgian England and what sociological evidence can be gathered by studying household bills, inventories, architecture, and craftwork.
This was really wonderful- a bit dry in spots but it's been a while since I read any history, and this was a really satisfying, in-depth look at an era of great change. Lots about women's status, of course, and also looked at how changing politics and military issues affected interior design- the rage for Chinoiserie and Japanning, for example.
Really good, though provoking stuff- I even think I'll be able to use one chapter for the Jane Austen Book Club.