I have a feeling this
will be a long entry. So much to write... And I'll need to wrap up the
month. Although it's been LEO
for a few days or weeks now, I always think of August as month of Leo
celebration (moon is in Sagittarius).
It seems as though I'm forgetting a book, though.
My good friend Kellie went to Charlottesville with me. She likes EH, possibly more than I do. We saw the screening of Chelsea Walls, and I'm ambivalent about it. I still am unsure whether I liked it. Well, sure I did because I enjoy cinema that leaves lots of questions unanswered. Subtlty is a fine quality in most endeavors. I just wish that Steve Zahn was in more of the movie. He gives consistently excellent performances. After the screening, EH answered a few questions from the audience, the majority were pathetic. Two hours later at the ampitheater he read the first chapter of the book and then more Q & A. Again, the majority were stupid and were about his film career, not his literary accomplishments. So that really speaks loads about the assumed intellect of UVA students, bah! The mission of the trip was to get my copy of Ash Wednesday signed by the author. Mission accomplished. We didn't wait in line too terribly long and once I got up to the table, here's what happened.
EH looks up from the
The conclusion was
that the next day Kellie and I bought copies of the Charlottestville
Progress which ran a huge photo on page two along with the article about
Hawke's reading, but the text is online
as well. And, we visited Monticello
which was so breathtaking. Jefferson's favorite book was Don Quioxte,
which I suppose I should read before I die.
Friday, July 26,
So the Maynard memoir
was really great. I truly enjoyed it. Her writing style is close to
perfect. Her story was quite interesting, and sheds light upon Salinger's
chronic need for young women in his life. Now that would make a very
interesting psychological study. So I guess he's still alive. Instead
of reading a biography of his life, I'd rather read what his "women"
have written about him. I understand that his daughter Margaret (I wonder
if this is the Peggy mentioned in Maynard's book...) has written a memoir.
I'll have to locate & read that. But, you know.... I'm thinking
that I already have that. I'm not sure. I purchase so many books that
languish on my shelves. I think the next thing I'll read is Madam
90210 : my life as madam to the rich and famous. I can't seem
to find any reviews on it though... hope that's not indicative of anything.
Just couldn't do it.
Tossed Salmon of doubt. I read about 28 pages but then
decided that it really wasn't what I thought it would be. The book was
actually a collection of Adams's writings, essays, newspaper articles,
and such. I wanted a novel, and that's not what I got. Oh well. Guess
I'm just not that big a Douglas Adams fan.
Moving right along,
I brought At
home in the world by Joyce
Maynard, her memoir of her relationship with JD Salinger, to work
with me today to read while I'm at the helm of the reference desk
for my three-hour shift this evening. Additionally I picked up her
love goes from the library to see how I like her
Tuesday, July 23,
I read a really fabulous
book by a Tennessee author over the weekend. Mercury is
by Cary Holladay who lives in Memphis. She's creative
writing faculty at University of
Memphis. At first I wasn't sure I would like it because the main
character, gee, what's her name? I've already forgotten. Kaylynn, or
something. Anyway, she's recovering from the effects of mercury poisoning
that she suffered after a juvenile prank she pulled with 2 friends.
By the end of the book it's easier to be sympathetic toward her, although
she's a poor little rich girl who lives in a glass house overlooking
a lake. Actually I really liked several other characters much better.
Jerry & Dora were really great, but I didn't learn much about them.
It was quite satisfying though.
Friday, July 19,
No surprises in Evanovich's newest book. Unless you consider (spoiler ahead... beware) her finally sleeping with Ranger at all surprising. It was anticlimactic. Hope she wasn't as disappointed with the act as I was. Finished reading the book in a few short hours, as expected. Some of her phrasing is so wonderful. I find Lula to be especially fascinating. Her dialogue rocks. I guess that's basically why I read the books anymore, Lula. Maybe she can start a whole series about Lula and her adventures, like what she's up to when she's not doing surveillance with Stephanie. I still have the Goodwin book to read. Hoo-ha! I'm so ready to read that. I have a feeling that I may only pick the book up again to return it to the library. I'm a book infidel, what else could it be?
I'm not sure where my impatience with books comes from these days. I decided to toss Catcher in the rye. Life is too short to read book about a boy's angst. I picked up Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir, Wait till next year at the library a few days ago. I've read about 50 pages into it, and although it's mostly about baseball (I'm so sport phobic! argh, how will I ever make it through this?) it's really quite well-written and mostly pleasurable to read. Now, whether I finish it or not, that remains to be seen. I also picked up Janet Evanovich's latest book, something eight. Hard eight, that's it and her book tour only takes place in Calif.! What a shame, a crock, it's unfair, unjust. Oh well, it's not like anyone ever comes 'round here. Guess I'll just have to start driving to Mississippi to see decent authors. I've been on the wait list for it at the public library for months now, it seems....Just like cotton candy, I will go through it in a few short hours. Since I'm on my way to the hairdresser this afternoon for a "coloring," I'll be sure to start it there, under the dryer. I always take books with me to any kind of appointment. One never knows when the need for reading material will arise. Anyway, you cannot count on waiting rooms and beauty salons to provide quality reading.
Tuesday, July 16,
Tuesday, July 9,
Next I read The
Eyre Affair which takes place in a alternate universe
that holds literature and reading to be one of the highest forms of
culture in their society. Quite clever and imaginative. A fun and
absorbing book to read. Main character is a literary detective named
Thursday Next. She tracks down stolen manuscripts and reveals forgeries.
Everything goes awry when the evil man Hades kidnaps Jane Eyre from
the original manuscript. Scholars watch as the pages of the novel
go blank, and ultimately the story is rewritten with another ending.
One of the top things I've read this year, for sure.
Lastly, I indulged in my interest for forensic sciences by reading Dead reckoning. It was a bit dull. Perhaps it was the writing, because Baden had several fascinating stories to relate, and I read all about schooling at various blood & bug workshops. It somehow left me with nothing. Actually this is not the first forensic "memoir" that I've read that's left me cold. Perhaps it's a problem with the genre. Oh well.
I started Breaking
clean by Judy
Blunt a few nights ago. Have read 3 or 4 chapters. It's memoir
as well. The writer grew up in Montana, so that's why I found it appealing.
The writing is good, but there are parts that I skim because I'm more
interested in her life, not so much the physical descriptions of other
things. Am still waiting for the meaty parts, if they exist. Oh, apparently
they're essays. Hmmmm, they read more like memoir though.