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Monday, August 28, 2006

Stalled, but starting up again

I went through an off-reading stage, where nothing clicked and I spent most of my time buying and somewhat reading old Vanity Fairs bought at a used bookstore until The New Yorker found my new address.

The unwanted:

Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan

Awful. I like rats, I was excited about the concept, and have even walked by the alley where the author watched after rats for a year in downtown Manhattan, and yet this guy could not stop talking about himself. I read the intro, first two chapters, a chapter in the middle, and one at the end. He talked about himself to the very end.

Mohawk by Richard Russo

I was hoping for more Straight Man than Empire Falls. Unfortunately, it was more Empire Falls (which I admired and appreciated without liking). I read about the first two chapters, a bit in the middle, and then backwards from the last chapter for a few to figure out the explosive ending.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Someone gave to me. Couldn't get past the first 20 on a bike at the gym even. Started to skip to the end but realized I didn't care.

The completed:

Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

In an act of desperation at the library, picked up a book I vaguely remember seeing as a movie and may have read before. Fantastic bit at the beginning of a man slowly losing it after his wife leaves him -- starts doing things like washing the clothes he wore that day with him in the shower at night and putting a popcorn maker and coffee maker by his bedside to eliminate the need to get up for as long as possible. Sounds like it could be "quirky" and annoying, but it's not. I like Tyler's writing style and pace. Funny, weird, sweet and a little hopeful. I recommend.

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Looking up author's name, I see she has a fourth one coming out. Eh, on this one. Had its moments but the series is losing its charm (unlike HP). Touching storyline though about one of the characters who just graduated high school taking care of another character's bitter and depressed grandmother.

Currently reading:

Rabbit Redux! I didn't think I would, but as before, I'm somewhat haunted by Updike's books. (I'm not quite three chapters in so there's plenty of time for me to quit though).


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  • I have liked all the Anne Tyler books I've read. Dependable. I didn't realize the Pants series was so far along -- I enjoyed the first one, and the movie didn't bother me.

    By Anna, at 7:39 PM  

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