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.