Saturday, July 15, 2006

Interim: Books

Books read recently:

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris (all religious people are stupid and mean, did you know?)
  • Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealey (Lucy Grealey was a poet whose face was disfigured as a child; interesting but somewhat disturbing)
  • Truth and Beauty by Anne Patchett (about her friendship with Lucy Grealey; further reveals Grealey's amazing self-centeredness)
  • Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King (true story of a captain and his crew who were shipwrecked off the coast of West Africa in the early 1800s; they survive slavery with desert nomads. Fascinating!)
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (true story of a Dutch family who hid Jewish people from the Nazis during World War II. Inspirational; probably everyone should read this)
  • In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner (okay)
  • Playing for the Ashes by Elizabeth George (a better-than-average mystery, but in general I'm not a big fan of mysteries)
  • How Can I Help? by Lowell Bennion (Bennion has such an interesting grasp of how we should live; I really enjoyed this)
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (very good; made me want to learn more about Newfoundland)
  • Almost French by Sarah Turnbull (the writing in this got on my nerves sometimes, but overall, I really enjoyed it)
  • Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (enjoyable, but not important)
  • Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (second reading: I loved this the first time, but it didn't hold up as well as I thought it would to a second reading)
  • Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle (this kind of blew my mind--about an environmentalist, yuppie couple in California and a Mexican couple illegally camping and working near their home; definitely worth reading)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (second or maybe third reading; a classic, about boys at a boarding school during World War II)

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