I finished a book last night -- A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I liked it well enough, although I could have benefitted from a flow chart of characters and timelines. It jumped around quite a bit.
I started a little black journal in 2003 to list the books I've read and my two cents about them. I have a problem remembering what books I've read and who wrote them. (Of course, if you'd like me to recite obscure movie quotes from 1982-present, I'm happy to oblige.) Anyway, I think the black book was swallowed by my nightstand for several years, because I haven't written in it since 2009. I wish I had, because I've enjoyed looking back at my two-sentence book reports. Here is a sampling, complete with the official Amazon summary for comparison:
The World According to Gap, by John Iriving
Amazon says: "This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes--even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with "lunacy
and sorrow"; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust."
Stacey says: I bought it because I identified with the description of the mother on page 1. I've always equated having large breasts as being somewhat floozy-like. Perhaps I've compensated for that at times.
The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck
Amazon says: "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004. A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity."
Stacey says: It'll stay with me but I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
Amazon says: "The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century."
Stacey says: Top 5. Loved it. Loved his style and voice.
And now, my favorite review:
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan DidionAmazon says: From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. **PS this book chronicles the year following Didion's husband's sudden death at her kitchen table.
Stacey says: Fantastic. A glimpse of somebody's future -- mine or Shane's?
I read that last one to Shane and giggled. "You know, one of us is going to have to throw out the other's shoes someday." His response? "I hope we die at the same time."
So if it ever comes that Shane and I have perished together in some crazy accident or twin poisoning episode (probably sushi), please come to the funeral and know that we're happy we didn't have to clean out each other's closets. While we're on the subject: I'd like to be cremated, but I've made him a deal that if we do go together, we can be buried. In the same casket (my request). And now you know!
I looked for a picture of old shoes to post, and I found this creeparific image. Enjoy