Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
The story started well and I was quite impressed with funnyman Martin's writing style. He created the lonely shop girl, Mirabelle who works in the glove department of Neiman's, "selling things that nobody buys any more."
Of course, about the time that I am thinking that I might want to recommend the book to a couple people suddenly the F-bomb is dropped. And dropped frequently throughout the book. Not that I am a prude, but I really didn't need it more than the first time that was a shock value to the conversation.
The main character is a bit passive for everything that is going on around her, but she does make progress within the book.
Otherwise the story is cleverly written with moments of graceful pain.
Village School by Miss Read
Mom called it a "cozy read" and that is how it should be read. Warm cookies and a glass of milk while under a blanket with a curled up kitty on your chest and/or a dog laying at your feet.
Village Centenary, Thrush Green and Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre are other titles in the 30-plus series.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Maybe a Miracle by Brian Strause
This was a fairly interesting novel. It kept me wondering what was going to happen and often surprised me.
Cell by Stephen King
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
Mostly it was irratating. Mattie is a perfect size twelve for Sears. That is her "job". She doesn't let her mother sell the family home so she can move into it. There are rats in the walls and the exterminator sent to get rid of them finds he doesn't have the stomach to kill them. (The company sends someone else.) The whole first half of the story is somewhat jumbled and I really wanted to smack the main character frequently. There is one character who seems to be a voice of reason, but isn't in the book often enough. Mattie reminded me of a modern day Scarlett O'Hara. (Which for the record, I have only gotten to chapter 3 of Gone With the Wind because she was whiney.)
Interestingly, all 8 of us in the book club disliked the book in various degrees. Two of us, the hostess and myself, couldn't bear to finish it. We were told the end, which seemed a bit forced and trite. The one plus for the book is that Lamott is incredibly good at descriptions. They are clever and very vivid. But overall, I would say a pass on the Blue Shoe.
We were told by one woman in my group that she was disappointed in Lamott's fiction. She had read some non-fiction works by Lamott that she said are really thought-provocting.