Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Recently Read

yeahyeahyeah, skip it if you wanna.

1. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. Novel by the author of "Riding the Bus with My Sister". It's about two mentally disabled people who fall in love - good.

2. Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven - Novel about, well, a woman who learns to fly in the forties. Started out good but then bogged down. Didn't finish.

3. The Orchard by Adele Crockett Robertson - Memoir of a woman who tried to save a family farm during the Depression - good. She was one tough cookie.

4. We Thought You Would Be Prettier by Laurie Notaro - Humorous essays. Meh.

5. Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagan - Novel about a mentally handicapped woman trying to solve a mystery. Oy. Did not finish.

6. The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner - Semi-autobiographical novel about a family in the early 1900s - great big sprawler of a book. Interesting, but the lead character (the father) was pretty much a dick, and I didn't like the narrator (the son) much better.

7. All My Patient Have Tales by Jeff Wells - Memoir of a veterinarian - Lighthearted and interesting.

8. Oral History by Lee Smith - Novel about several generations of an Appalachian family - Interesting.

9. Mudbound by Hilary Jordan - Novel about a woman raising a family on a farm during the latter part of WWII. Okay.

10. Satan is Real - The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin - I'd never even heard of the Louvin Brothers before I read this book, but the cover art drew me in. It's a memoir by a country-western/gospel singer who was big in the fifties - Really entertaining.

So! That's what I got. How about you - reading anything good?

Oh, and I broke down and bought 11/22/63, but all of the reviews are so good that I don't want to start it just yet - I might save it for my birthday IN NOVEMBER - ha - I am crazy.


Birdie said...

I loved The Story of Beautiful Girl! I have to admit I hated Riding the Bus With My Sister.

Becs said...

A Day in the Life by Robert (Greenleaf? Greenberg? Greensomething?) about a man and woman from aristocratic English families. They are both batshit crazy and their two sons suffer during the years they were dragged hither and yon. Depressing but has a jaw-dropping "you have got to be kidding me" factor, especially since this is a biography and not fiction.

fmcgmccllc said...

Just finished Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, loved it. Now reading Mrs. Whaley's Charleston Kitchen, Mrs. Whaley worked with William Baldwin back in the day to record the book for her grandchildren. She is supposed to be a southern legend and quite the pip. So far so good.

rockygrace said...

Birdie, I thought it was a little ... far-fetched, but it was still a good read.

And Becs, I've been reading about that book on your blog! It sounds a leetle too down for me. Oh! and when I went to Amazon and did a search in books for "A Day in the Life", the result was ... interesting! I don't think it was the book you're talking about, though. :)

rockygrace said...

fmcetc., they were talking to that Yes, Chef guy on the radio the other day! It sounds like he's had an interesting life. and I'll have to look up Mrs. Whaley.