Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris (1993)
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
ed. Camille Peri and Kate Moses
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Claiming the Spirit Within
Edited by Marilyn Sewell
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
- The Singing - CK Williams (National Book Award Poetry 2003)
- Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt (Pulitzer 1996)
- Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich (National Book Critics Circle Award 1984)
- The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (Booker 2006)
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (Pulitzer 1961)
- Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre (Booker 2003)
- Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer 2006)
- Anything by Nobel Prize Winner Orhan Pamuk 2006
- Anything by Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1982
- Anything by Nobel Prize Winner John Steinbeck 1962
- Anything by Nobel Prize Winner Shmuel Yosef Agnon 1966
- On Beauty - Zadie Smith (Orange Prize 2006)
- Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones (Commonweath/South Pacific and Overall 2007)
- Vandal Love - Dy Bechard (Commonweath/Canada and Overall 2007)
- Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (National Book Award Poetry 1978)
- New & Selected Poems - Mary Oliver (National Book Award Poetry 1992)
- The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx (N.B.A. Fiction 1993)
- The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion (N.B.A. Non-Fiction 2005)
- The Echo Maker - Richard Powers (N.B.A. Fiction 2006)
- The Worst Hard Time - Timothy Egan (N.B.A. Non-Fiction)
- Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (Booker Prize 1981)
- Passing Through: The Later Years - Stanley Kunitz (N.B.A. Poetry 1995)
- Out Stealing Horses - Per Patterson (Impac Dublin 2007)
- When I lived in Modern Times - Linda Grant (Orange 2000)
- The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall (N.B.A. young people's literature 2005)
- Small Island - Andrea Levy (Orange 2004)
- Bel Canto - Ann Patchett (Orange 2002)
- Novel Prize Winner Joseph Brodsky 1987
- This Blinding Absence of Light - Tahar ben Jelloun (Impac 2004)
- The Elementary Particles - Michael Houellebecq (International Impac 2002)
Yes I do realize that I have alot of alternates but since I am a very moody reader, I picked enought books that I should always be able to find something off the list to read thet will interest me. The prizes are credits ranging from 1 to 3 from Paperbackswap is what's going to keep me motivated.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridge to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water looking out
in different directions
back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
in a culture up to its chin in shame
living in the stench it has chosen we are saying thank you
over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the back door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks taht use us we are saying thank you
with the crooks in office with the rich and fashionable
unchanged we go on saying thank you thank you
with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us like the earth
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
If you’re not going to read it, why not?
3. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?
Monday, July 16, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Clearly
Missing May by Cynthis Rylant
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (done)
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm
Alternate: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Monday, June 11, 2007
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (I picked this one off of Dewy's list and it's also a book I've been wanting to read for such a long time.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (A book in the life...)
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (Athena)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I ended up reading this early, so now I have to pick another book. Got it off of Stephanie's list.)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (It's also on my list for the Newberry Challenge. Booklogged's list.)
Leave me alone I'm reading by Maureen Corrigan (Booklogged)
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (Chasida's and Margo's lists. Read it before and I absolutely love it! Harris's descriptions of the food and bakery is still stuck in my mind after all these years.)
My alternates: I'm such a moody reader. I have to have alternates.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Maryanne)
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (Jill. I love, as you already know, The Book Thief. Since this is on my TBR list, might as well read it now.)
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Girl from the Sea by Anne Marrow Lindbergh
Why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
The Book Thief is such a great book. It's so simple, but it pulls you along without you even realizing that you are turning the pages. I will read anything that Markus Zusak writes.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
This book is so simple and the characters so complex. But you understand them. This is one of my top 3 books.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Book Thief by Markus Zukas
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
alternate:Honeymoon with my brother by Franz Wisner
So now I'm happy. I'm off to read.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The essays in "The Woman at the Washington Zoo" are about so many different things, from politicial figures to assisted suicide, gender to family life, and also cancer. Williams was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2002. The doctors told her she only had months to live, but she went on to live for another three and a half years.
Most of my favorite essays in the book are in Part 3: Time and Change. There is no way that I can put into words what this book has come to mean to me. But I will try. I'm a typical reader, starting with the beautiful introduction by Williams' husband, Timothy Noah. But then I went to the back of the book, which is so unlike me, and started reading. Hit by Lightning: A Cancer Memoir is my favorite essay. Williams tell of the first sign: Her son, Willie noticing that she lost weight. She tells how it should have been a sign of something wrong, but admits that she's like most American women and "yearning for thinness is so deeply a part of me that it never crossed my mind that weight loss could herald something other than good fortune." She also tells of the second sign, a lump in her abdomen, going to different doctors for an answer, before finally receiving one: liver cancer that was stage IV (b).
So many times I felt like crying for Williams. But instead I laughed at her good (and bad) jokes, marvelled at her play of words, and her honesty with describing life and knowing that soon, very soon you will die. It's my newest favorite book.
If you don't like my post, read the book anyway.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
After this. By Alice McDermott
Arthur and George. By Julian Barnes
Everyman. By Philip RothForgetfulness. By Ward
JustGate of the Sun. By Elias Khoury
One Good Turn. By Kate Atkinson
The Road. By Cormac McCarthy. (Let's hope I can stomach this one.)
The Translator. By Leila Aboulela
Suite Francaise. By Irene Nemirovsky
The Afterlife. By Donald Antrim. (I know I'm going to read this one. I read such a great review about this book in Poets and Writers.)
Eat, Pray, Love. By Elizabeth Gilbert. (This is one of my favorite books ever. It made me so happy. It's also very truthful about life and very funny.)
The Lost: A search for six of six million. By Daniel Mendelsohn
The Places in Between. By Rory Stewart
Reading like a writer: A guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them. By Francine Prose (I started reading this one. Already I feel myself paying more attention to what I am reading.)
Let's see how far I'm going to get with this list.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
My five books are:
Blindness by Jose Saramago. This is one of my favorite books in the world.
What's eating Gilbert Grape? by Peter Hedges. I only read it when I'm depressed
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott A honest and open spiritual memoir.
Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Such a light, funny book. You cannot read it and be depress.
Monday, May 21, 2007
For the Summer Reading Challenge, I'm going to read probably four books. The challenge begins June 1st and ends August 1st. My four books will be:
Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
An Unfinished Life By Mark Spragg
The Convenant by Naomi Ragen
Extra Credit or Alternate: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Children of Men by P.D. James
These are the books that I have been wanting to read for the longest time and haven't gotten a chance to. I've heard such great reviews about all four books. My alternates are there just in case I can't get into a book. I'm a believer in the 50-page rule. If by page 50 the book isn't keeping my interest, then I'm going to put it down.
The Southern Reading Challenge starts June 1st to August 31st. The challenge is to read three books from Southern writers that are based in Southern settings. My three books will be:
To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
A curtain of Green by Eudora Welty
I know I'm going to be busy for a couple of months!!