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August 07, 2007



How on earth do you have time to be so literate?!?

I used to read all the time -- but mostly on my commute into the city. Not so much reading going on here since quitting to have the kids.

I want to read more!


Yeah. I like to read. (Shrugs) I've been having a hard time finishing books lately though. I'm not sure why. I keep starting them, and then I lose interest. Fiction, non-fiction, doesn't matter.


P.S. I'm totally planning to go see The Bourne Ultimatum some evening this week if anyone else wants to come...


I want to read more, too. I'm reading Monkeys by Susant Minot. It's jus starting to really grab me.

Can anyone suggest a good beach read, by the way?


Have you ever read anything by Tom Robbins? I would suggest him for a good beach read. "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" is one of my favorite books. Or John Irving. "A Prayer For Owen Meany" is pretty great, although I am partial to "The World According to Garp."

I'd love to read more. I used to read CONSTANTLY. My friends from home would make fun of me because if I was in the middle of a good book, you just couldn't talk to me. I'd carry it everywhere and tune out the rest of the world. I actually had more than one friend say, and I am not lying, "I hate it when you read". Well, that's Florida for you. The sun-drenched illiterati.

I'd love to do some sort of "book club" thing, where we could talk about stuff we've read. I tried to get involved with the M&M book club, but it was all too Oprah for me. Don't get me wrong, I love me a good trashy novel, but I also like to read some non-fiction, some biographies, etc. They seem to do just the latest and greatest pop fiction, which gets old.

Whatever you do, don't post on the Maplewood Online "Reading" board. I made the huge mistake of offering my opinion of Philip Roth's "American Pastoral" one day and I was ripped a new one by some douchebag. I said it was tedious and I couldn't get through it, and I was VERY self-deprecating in saying that maybe my "mommy brain" had made me an idiot. Some clown posted that "maybe you grew up in a house with no conflict so you can't relate" which I really laughed at. But the kicker was, "maybe you're not Jewish".

WTF? I was really offended, but I didn't respond because you know how the loonies on that board are. But, seriously, if I was a Jew I wouldn't find this book boring? Let me tell you, if I WAS Jewish, I wouldn't read that fucking book, and my defense would be Haven't My People Suffered Enough?

It's like Anna Karenina, which, no offense to the RUSSIANS, is also a big fat pain in the ass.


Oh I LOVED Owen Meany and Garp! Widow for One Year, not so much. I haven't read any Tom Robbins though -- I'm checking him out.

Philip Roth is a distinctly male writer. I don't know any women who really like him. I hate to be so "gender" about it, but it's true. Pynchon is another one.

You know who I don't like? Faulkner. Hi, I'm from the South. I think it's not allowed to hate Faulkner if you're from the South. Oh well.

Okay, so now I'm going to write a post on my favorite books...


Here's another Southerner with no love for Faulkner! The Sound and the Fury? What in the fuck was THAT all about? Was he drunk when he wrote it? Because maybe then it would MAKE. SOME. FUCKING. SENSE.

I hate that book.

I've never read Pynchon, although if he's anything like Roth, that's probably a good thing.


Oh, and Widow For One Year - not Irving's best work. Very recycled. I didn't like it.

If you are going to read Tom Robbins, you have to do one of two things. Read Even Cowgirls Get the Blues first, and accept that none of his other works are this good. OR, start out reading, say, Another Roadside Attraction, or Skinny Legs and All, which are good, but not AS good, and then work your way up to ECGTB.

Just a suggestion. I read Cowgirls first and was always (mildly) let down by his other books. He's still one of the most interesting and unique writers I've ever read - maybe I just was so blown away by that first book I read that nothing could compare.


What I hate about Faulkner is that he wrote these unbelievably complex descriptions of like, a table or something. So you look at the page and HALF THE PAGE is one (1) sentence, and it's about the table in the corner of the room. And we never ever see the dern thing again.

And my eyes just start swimming.

I do love me some good old southern Flannery O'Connor though. Disturbing, all about Catholicism, but great. I could read "A Good Man is Hard to Find" every year for the rest of my life. And which is the one about the girl with the artificial leg? That's a great one too.


I have a whole post on this coming up but I want to read Tom Perrotta next.

There's one good scene in Widow for One Year and that's it. The scene where the dad is telling some sad story to his daughter while she's driving on the LIE and she is crying but she has to keep driving? Oh man, what a good scene. The rest, enh. (sorry, Mr. Irving, if you're reading this...)

I mean, there's not even much a) wrestling or b) bears. Is it even an Irving book without all that?

I did, however, buy A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound.


Oh, and we ARE soul sisters. I LOVE Flannery O'Connor. And who I love more? Carson McCullers. I could read those gals For. Ever.

Oh, and what an awesome name. Flannery.


I would love to read...period.
You guys are so cool.

I recently finished Ten Things I Learned From Bill Porter. (Bill Macy did the role on the TNT movie.) The 200 page book took me forever to read. Sad. Me, not the book. The story is very inspirational.


I LOVED a prayer for Owen Meany. For a long time I planned to name one of my kids Owen. And speaking of books made into movies what was up with that movie? And I really like Oliver Platt but they changed the whole ending - the character, the whole book, really. The only thing they kept was the part about the baseball and that Owen was short.

Widow for One Year was OK. Irving seems to have a thing for large breasted women (not that that's unique) but it's like that was her tragic flaw, her cross to bear. I remmeber the scene you're talking about, Liz, He was telling her what happened to her brothers, right? I still think about that when I'm making a left at a big intersection. I just wasn't very moved by Cider House Rules.

I tried to read ECGGTB but I just couldn't get into it. I don't remember why. Maybe I should have stuck with it. I read it right after Jitterbug Perfume which was wonderful - and so weird.

I tried to read Faulkner but no go. I felt like such a failure as an English major - even though the real reason for feeling that way should be my poor spelling and grammar.

Kris - those M'wood Online posts are crazy. Those peole are crazy. I still want to post about my near-death experience (and Libby's) on Prospect last week but part of me is afraid someone is going to make it my fault. My fault for not seeing the car driving 45+ MPH in the wrong lane, or for taking my son to camp, or for having children.

I have never read Garp (loved the movie, surely the book is better).

Here's a great book - Liar's Club by Mary Karr. It's a memoir but reads like a novel. She just writes so well what/how a kid thinks. Patty Clarke ha ha ha (Roddy Doyle) is like that, too. So many authors can't write authentic kid thoughts - I really like those that can.


Hey Liz, I have a copy of Little Children if you want to borrow it. It's the last book I read before becoming consumed with Harry Potter one last time.

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