Thursday, August 14, 2008

Recently Read

Standard Disclaimer - As usual, I am putting these up mainly just to keep track of them. Feel free, as usual, to skip this post.

Places to Look for a Mother by Nicole Stansbury - Novel about a dysfunctional family in the seventies - good.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan - Novel about a Southern farmer's wife in the 1940s - good.

I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley - Funny essays - entertaining.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld - Novel about boarding school - good.

The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg - Memoir about the author's father - very, very, good - this guy can write like nobody's business.

Driving Sideways by Jess Riley - A light summer novel - good.

Northline by Willy Vlautin - Novel about a Vegas waitress - grim, but good.

No Man's Land by Ruth Fowler - Memoir about being a stripper in NYC - I did not like her writing style and couldn't get into this one - gave up about 40 pages in.

Moose by Stephanie Klein - Memoir about growing up fat - interesting.

The Good Times are Killing Me by Lynda Barry - Interesting, although I'm a little confused as to why this one was in the "grown-up" section of the library and "Cruddy" was in Young Adult - I think they got it backward.

The Bones of Plenty by Lois Hudson - Novel about the dust bowl years on a Kansas farm - OK, but I got through about half of it and quit, mainly because I had other books waiting - maybe I'll give it a try another time.

I Love You Like a Tomato by Marie Giordano - Meh. I got about 200 pages in and lost interest.

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill - Novel - Very depressing and very good.


Bridgett said...

I love Lynda Barry, but I don't think she's a "young adult" writer. Have you read the new David Sedaris book yet? I'm in line to borrow it from someone so I'll let you know if it's funny.

Rockycat said...

I like David Sedaris, but it's kind of hard to tell what stuff is true and what stuff he's just making up. I mean, NOBODY'S family could be as crazy as his is, could they?

There's a huge reserve backup at the local libraries for his book, so please let me know if it's any good!

Jennifer said...

"Moose" is on my wishlist at PBS. I read her other book Straight Up and Dirty. Have you read it?

Rockycat said...

No, I haven't read that one - is it good?